There is probably no tougher challenge in maintaining a clean home than keeping carpets clean. The effects of dirty shoes spilled food, and life, in general, seems to add more dirt and grime to carpets than we can ever clean up.
Fortunately, there are some simple things we can do to keep our carpets from getting in such bad condition after a thorough cleaning. Try these five tricks to cut back on the amount of dirt that gets into your carpet.
Use a Carpet Protectant
Applying a carpet protector is a very good way to keep carpets clean. Many carpets are available with these products already incorporated into them at the time of purchase. Like wax on a vehicle’s paint, these protectants keep the dirt from penetrating as deeply into the fibers of the carpet, making it easier to vacuum or shampoo them up.
Plan for Shoes
Sometimes we wear our shoes into the house just because there’s nowhere to take them off without taking at least a few steps on the carpet. By setting up space in the mudroom, carport, or garage where you can sit down, remove your shoes, and store them, you can make it easy to have everyone enter with clean feet.
Keep Pets Always Inside or Always Outside
As much as we love our cats and dogs, they are notorious sources of dirt in carpets. That’s to say nothing of the fleas and other insects they may bring in. Generally speaking, it’s best for a pet to be inside all the time or outside all the time. Those that do a little of both will bring in lots of dirt.
Invest in Clean Eating
When parties or family events bring in large crowds, it’s impossible to avoid having at least some people eating in a carpeted room. Instead of having to worry about spills the whole time, buy some inexpensive TV trays to help capture spills, drips, and crumbs. You’ll see a big difference in the dirt that ends up on your carpet.
Get Professional Cleaning
Regular vacuuming is important, as is occasional deep cleaning. The best way to have a truly clean carpet is to have a professional service come in from time to time. Their equipment and materials are far superior to those that homeowners can purchase, and you’ll end up with a deeper clean that will be easier to maintain and last much longer.
Carpet cleaning is tough work. It’s much better to avoid messes in the first place. These simple strategies will keep your home healthier and more beautiful by reducing the impact of foot traffic, pets, and food on the condition of your carpet.