A friend of mine, Jenny, called me the other day, asking for help. Jenny is supposed to be studying this very expensive Master Programme that her parents are paying for. You already know how that story is going to end, don’t you? Her mother calls her and tells her that they are on their way to visit. In true Jenny style, my friend was out of the city. As a matter of fact she’d gone sightseeing for three days and couldn’t make it back on time.
She calls me and asks me to stop by her place and make it presentable, because it was a “little messy”. A “little messy” turned out to be something similar to a disaster scene after a viscous hurricane sweeps through an amusement park.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends to bits and I’m always willing to help. However there are some things you should keep in stock to maintain your home properly clean.
Lets make a quick list of what you need for your carpet:
- Vacuum cleaner
- Steam Cleaner
- Rubber gloves
- Carpet Shampoo
- Anti-foamer or defoamer (optional)
How Often Should You Clean Your Carpet?
As a general rule carpets should be vacuumed at least once a week. If the carpet is located in a high traffic area or if you have pets and children twice a week is a good rule of thumb.
If you notice any stains it’s important to treat them immediately. In this article you can find quick tips and tricks on how to handle different type of stains and remove them from your carpet.
But regular cleaning can get you only this far. Dirt slowly accumulates over time and a vacuum cleaner and a detergent aren’t always enough. You can clean them yourself. This is as bad as you imagine it to be. Protect your hands from the detergent and scratches by using rubber gloves. It’s good to deep clean your carpets at least twice a year – during spring and autumn cleanings.
The good news is that there is always a second option. There are professionals that you can pay to do your job for you. They will be happy to do it and let’s face it, they will probably end up doing a better job than you and I ever could. They have the high-tech equipment and the powerful cleaning tools.
I’ve been using professional cleaners for almost 3 years now. As much as I try I can’t achieve the same soft clean feeling and I don’t always have the time to do it myself. That is why I call in the experts at least once a year.
How To Clean Maintain Your Carpet
Cleaning happens to be one of those things that you are supposed to magically know how to do once you reach a certain age. We all know that that’s simply not how it works. It’s all trial and error. Luckily the internet has come to the rescue. Now we have blogs, forums and websites dedicated to making our life better. Here is how you can improve your cleaning methods:
- Vacuum clean – carpets tend to gather all sorts of dirt that we simply don’t want hanging around our house; the roughest and fastest way to gather them is through vacuum cleaning the floors; just make sure to do it, before you dust since it spreads even more dust and you don’t want to do this twice or breath it in
- Freshen up your carpet – there is a green solution for everything, so you want your carpets to look new and fresh right away? No problem. Pick your favourite essential oil and mix between 10 and 20 drops of it in a cup of baking soda; mix well and sprinkle all over your carpets; let it work it’s magic while you finish cleaning the other rooms and then gather it with the vacuum cleaner
- Brush out pet hair – depending on your vacuum cleaner you might need to manually brush our any remaining hairs; you can easily do it with a hard brush
- Cleaning stains – pets; as cute as they can be their urine tends to smell all over the neighbourhood, but that is why they do it anyway; getting rid of the smell isn’t as hard as you might thing; urine is acidic and alkaline based, so it only makes sense to clean it with baking soda and vinegar:
- 1 cup of vinegar
- 1 cup of water
- ½ baking soda
- blot the spot, never rub!
- spray with the mix and bloat if necessary
- repeat if any smell remains
Regular maintenance makes life easier. You will clean your house faster and won’t get scared into bed from the sheer amount of cleaning you need to do.
Author: Anita Ford