Did you know that 92% of homes have at least one carpet or rug? The carpets in your home or business do much more than provide cushion for your feet. They also add to the overall aesthetic of the space. But, they also act as filters for the space, essentially trapping all the dust, dander, and dirt that comes through the doors.
According to the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH), “Carpets accumulate dust and dirt in the amount of approximately 5-25 grams per square meter of surface area, depending on type of material, foot traffic, and other factors, which is a far greater extent than hard flooring.” The NCHH report also found “cleaning of carpets and bare surfaces contributes to improved indoor air quality by reducing airborne particulate, allergen, bacteria, and fungi and perhaps other substances.”
1. Keep Mats at Every Entrance
Not only are door mats a great way to add some personality and color to your home, but they are also an excellent way to protect your carpets. Place door mats outside every entrance of your home, as well as inside, to encourage people to wipe off their shoes. Ultimately, door mats work to lessen the spread of dirt and debris on your carpets. Plus, door mats are smaller places to clean.
2. Take Care of Stains Right Away
When someone spills a drink, or the dog tracks something inside, stop what you are doing and take care of the stain right away. The sooner you take care of the stain, the better! The longer you allow a stain to sit, the more likely the stain will be permanent.
More importantly, if you don’t address a water damage issue right away, you will end up calling mold remediation companies in Tampa, in addition to dealing with staining. Mold grows quickly and is often out of sight, such as the carpet padding.
3. Vacuum Regularly
The truth is most people do not vacuum their carpets as often as they should. NCHH recommends vacuuming carpeted spaces once to twice a week. Vacuuming is an effective way to remove the soil and other allergens from the carpet. By removing these allergens from the carpet, your home will be cleaner and healthier.
4. Make a Shoe Rule
Make it a rule to take your shoes off when entering your home. This is an easy way to maintain your carpet. This is common practice for most Asian and Middle Eastern households, but Americans are a little hesitant to ask guests to remove their shoes upon entering their home. For example, polls have found that 87% of Americans do not wear their shoes in their home, but only 1 out of 10 Americans feel comfortable asking their guests to remove their shoes. You can make it more comfortable for your guests by making sure you do vacuum regularly and having a designated space for shoes by the entryway.
5. Use a Stain Protector
You may have a carpet that had a stain protector applied during the manufacturing process. This may have even been one of the selling points! Stain protectors work to repel spills and protect your carpet against stains and soiling. Even if your carpet in your home had stain protector applied in the past at some point, you should apply and reapply stain protector, such as Scotchguard, once a year. It is wise to use stain protectors in high traffic areas even more often.
6. Rotate the Furniture
By changing up the arrangement of your furniture, you can help protect different areas of your carpet. Instead of the same areas being frequently walked on, you can create new walking spaces. Additionally, rotating the furniture will allow you to get to carpeted areas that have been hidden or hard to get to previously. If you discover mold after rearranging your furniture, Dririte offers mold removal in Riverview FL and Tampa area residents can trust.
7. Have Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned At Least Once a Year
Since carpets have been directly linked to health issues, such as asthma, it is critical to have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. Plus, a professional cleaning is much more effective than routine vacuuming and will leave your carpets looking immensely better. We specialize in restoring property damage in Tampa, Florida, but we also perform professional carpet cleaning for residents and commercial properties using the most effective tools available.
Contact Dririte for carpet cleaning today!