These are my Top Tips for keeping your carpets clean, particularly if you’ve just had them professionally cleaned!
Ditch your shoes! When you walk into your home, the first thing you should do is to take your shoes off. Popping on a nice comfy pair of slippers, or a pair of those cosy Nordic slipper-socks, will prevent dirt, mud, snow and all the other stains from outside getting trodden into your lovely clean carpets.
The Chinese believe that walking barefoot allows pressure points in your feet to be stimulated that will benefit your health.
Welcome Home To Clean Carpets
Adding welcome mats at all entry points to your home will help prevent outside dirt from coming inside. There are a number of mat options that are environmentally friendly too, these include: Coco Coir (made from coconut shell husks) and Jute (which is softer than Coir to walk on). There are quite a few welcome mats that use recycled materials too: old tyres, wetsuits and even old flip flops!
Add a simple carpet protection mat under your office chair to prevent the constant movement and friction from wearing out your carpet. This is also a great tip if you wear shoes in your home office and help to keep carpets clean as well.
Use some rubber non-slip furniture pads under the feet of your sofas and armchairs. I find these help to prevent deep indentations in carpets.
It goes without saying that vacuuming regularly and thoroughly will, obviously, help to keep your carpets clean. However, many people don’t replace vacuum cleaner filters or bags often enough. So, it’s a good idea to check your vacuum cleaner’s manufacturer recommendations for more information.
By dusting your home frequently you’ll ensure that none of it lodges in your carpets. Use an anti-static, eco-friendly spray with a soft, clean cloth. Old T-shirts are fabulous to cut up into dusters and it’s a great way to recycle things that would otherwise have ended up in the bin.
Time to call in the professionals?
Chewing gum in carpets is just plain nasty! You can try to freeze it with ice cubes and scrape away the residue but, to be honest, it may be easier just to give me a call and let me use professional cleaning methods to get rid of it for you.
Don’t wait to deal with stains! Use clean water and dab stains with a clean, colourless cloth or mop up any spills from your hard floors. If something has stained your floors or upholstery, it’s most likely that you’ll need a professional cleaner, like me!
Our professional stain remover can get rid of many stains and doesn’t contain optical brighteners or bleaches like proprietary stain removers.
Regularly vacuum up pet hair. Dust and mites live in pet hair so it’s important to remember to groom your pets regularly to keep floors and upholstery hygienic. Don’t forget to regularly clean dog beds too!
There’s a reason that hearth rugs have been popular in front of fireplaces over the centuries! Use coloured and patterned rugs to give your carpets extra protection from cinders, soot and the odd piece of dropped coal!
If you do decide to use a rug on a hard floor, try using a non-slip protector underneath to stop it moving about. Be careful that you don’t create any tripping hazards.
Cheap, old fashioned ways to keep your carpets clean
The humble Lint Roller is great for picking up pet hair and for keeping small areas clear of crumbs etc.
A manual carpet sweeper might seem old fashioned but it’s great for everyday carpet cleaning and will save you a few pence on electricity!
Use a squeegee (usually used for shower screens and windows) to help pick up pet hair from upholstery and keep small carpet areas clean.
Get your diary out and book a regular deep carpet clean!
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