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DIY Carpet Cleaning Tips for the Home

DIY Carpet Cleaning Tips for the Home

Cleaning your carpet regularly will keep your home smelling fresh and your carpets looking like new.  But you can’t call in a carpet cleaning company every week you will have to do some of the cleaning yourself.  Cleaning your carpets yourself really isn’t that difficult, you should get a carpet cleaning company in once a year for a deep clean but in the meantime here are some DIY carpet cleaning tips to get you through.

Vacuum Your Carpets

If you want to keep your home smelling fresh and keep dirt from embedding deep in your carpets then vacuum regularly.  Hair, pet dander, dirt and allergens will accumulate in the carpet fibers if it isn’t cleaned.  You can also do damage to your carpets if they aren’t vacuumed regularly, the dirt will grind down the carpet fibers.

Clean Up Spills Immediately

If you want to keep your carpet free of stains then clean up any spills or messes immediately.  That is also how you keep your carpet from becoming smelly.  If you have pets or kids then messes will happen.  When they do blot the stain with a cloth or paper towel to absorb the spill, don’t scrub or you will grind it into your carpet.  Here are some tips on cleaning spills from your carpet.

Use Mild Detergents

If you try and remove a stain and water or club soda doesn’t work then you are going to need a detergent.  You can use liquid detergent with a tiny bit of bleach in some water, make sure it is bleach that can be used safely on colors.  Do not use this for wool rugs!  This mixture can help take out some of the more stubborn stains.  If you’re not comfortable with that you should be able to pick up a spot carpet cleaner at the local home improvement store.  Chemical cleaners can be pretty harsh so follow the instructions and use them in moderation.  You might even want to try it out on a test patch of carpet first.  Make sure you blot the carpet afterwards to get it as dry as possible so you don’t end up with mold.

Keeping your carpet cleaned and vacuumed regularly will help prolong the life of your carpet and keep it looking new.  You also need to have professional carpet cleaners come in at least once a year to do a deep clean and to get out the dirt that your vacuum just can’t reach.

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