When it comes to having fun, very few people would consider cleaning their carpets as a fun thing to do. We understand that, and we pretty much feel the same way about it. Prevention should be your first line of defense in taking care of your carpet and, if you vacuum more often, you won’t have to shampoo so much. If you want to lengthen the amount of time between rug shampooings, get into the habit of vacuuming several times a week instead. Your rugs will stay clean looking and healthier for a longer period of time if you get into this habit.
Here’s a tip that falls into the realm of prevention also and will help your carpet stay clean longer. If you have children or just a lot of traffic in your home, then simply place carpet runners in highly trafficked areas. You’re probably familiar with this type of small rugs that are usually rectangle-shaped and come in different widths, patterns, and colors. They come in several different lengths, patterns, colors, and piles so you can pick what will look best in your home. This really is a very good idea because obviously the runner will wear first. Do you already see signs of wear and tear in the heavy traffic areas of your carpet? This may occur in your halls and around the front door. Look over the carpet runner selection the next time you’re out shopping and think seriously about how you can use them to protect your carpet and lengthen its useful life.
Housepets can be a real challenge when it comes to carpet stains, especially if the stain is due to urine. Speed is a critical factor when this occurs. You have to prevent the urine from soaking into your carpet’s fibers and drying. However, sometimes quick action isn’t possible if you aren’t there when it happens. There are many products available for removing pet stains and most folks have found that the enzyme-based products work the best. There are some home remedies on the net that use peroxide and baking soda, and we have found that to be totally effective with pet urine.
Your everyday rug shampoos will, most likely, contain chemicals and have a fragrance. It’s not hard to find rug shampoos that are based on natural products and are fragrance-free. When you are using a shampoo for the first time, and it has a fragrance, there’s always the likelihood of someone having an allergic reaction. In order to remove the offending scent that caused the reaction, it may be necessary to shampoo your carpet with another shampoo. So keep that point in mind if you already know you are sensitive or there are others in your home who are. There are millions of pet owners in the US and around the world, and keeping the carpet clean can be a challenge sometimes. But aside from some of the usual issues with pets and carpets, regular vacuuming is not only healthy for the humans, but also very healthy for the pets. You must realize that your pets are a lot closer to your carpet pile than you are. Also, pets shed dander which gets into your carpet and is very unhealthy for them to breathe.