Tips for Keeping Your Carpets Clean

Have you wondered why one person’s carpet stays clean with three kids and numerous pets and another’s looks like a battleground of grime, Kool-aid, and odors? It might be because one of these people understands that to keep your carpets clean and fresh, you have to act before the accidents. There are a number of preventative measures for keeping your carpets clean, even if you have four kids, two dogs, and a cat.

No Shoes

This one rule can make all the difference in the livelihood of your carpet. Too often, we start with good intentions-we will ensure the no shoes rule all the time. But laziness tends to set in, and before you know it, everyone is traipsing on your nice clean carpet with their nice, grimy shoes. It’s simple-enforce the no shoes rule at all times and your carpet will remain permanently cleaner.

Avoid Food

Another common sense rule, but nevertheless important, is a no-food-on-the-carpet rule. Understandably, this rule is harder to enforce if you have kids, but do your best. Food and liquids, in addition to pets, are your carpet’s worst nightmare.


Vacuum at least once a week, but preferably more. This keeps dirt and dust from building up, and has the added advantage of keeping dust allergies at bay. Remember to vacuum beneath your furniture as well.

Steam Clean

Steam cleaning your carpets is great way to ensure their longetivity. Hire professionals or rent a steam cleaner every four to six months, depending on the state of your carpet. Shop around if you’re worried about price, because price ranges can differ dramatically for the same service.

Remove Stains Immediately

Clean up stains immediately; the longer you let them sit, the longer they have to soak in. Blot at the stain with a mild soap like dish detergent (Dawn and Joy are great), but never scrub. Scrubbing a stain can cause it to spread and wear the fibers of your carpet. Besides mild detergents, vinegar and club soda also work well. Failing these methods or for darker stains like juice, pet accidents or wine, sprinkle salt or baking soda over the stain, let the stain soak in, and vacuum it up. Never use heat to dry a stain; it seals the stain into your carpet.

Keeping your carpet clean is the easiest way to ensure its longetivity and beauty. It is relatively simple and just a matter of reminding yourself to be faithful to your carpet. Treat it well, and it should last you many years (and guests!) to come.

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