Carpet is a great investment in the use and enjoyment of your home. Carpet makes rooms look and feel warmer, and it provides a soft surface underfoot. It’s important to know how to take care of it. Luckily, cleaning your carpet is easier than you think. If you set up a maintenance routine to care for carpet, it will look good for years to come.
Care for carpet by vacuuming it once or twice a week to remove dirt and debris. Pay attention to high traffic areas, such as hallways or around sofas, vacuuming more frequently to prevent stains and wear. Take your time with this step. Three passes with a vacuum will remove light soiling, while up to seven passes may be necessary for areas that have more dirt.
Have your carpet cleaned by a professional every year to remove dirt. Hot water extraction or steam cleaning can remove dirt, oil or particles that have made their way deep into the pile. Professional carpet cleaners have equipment that is more powerful than the units you can rent, helping carpet dry more quickly.
Treat spills and stains right when they happen. Start by removing solid material with a spoon or dull knife. Wet a clean white towel with water, and blot the spot. If the spot requires more work, use a solvent that is approved by the manufacturer of your carpet. Always test the cleaner in a hidden area to make sure it doesn’t damage your carpet or remove its color.