There is no one kind of carpet that is easiest to keep clean since people’s living styles are different. However, there are several that tend to stay in good shape and look like new for many years. If you clean your carpet properly, taking into account the type of weave and fiber, it will last you for a long time. Homeowners that want beautiful carpet that is also easy to care for and durable have a lot of choices.
Purchasing a good quality of carpeting is a good start in ensuring that you will be able to maintain it easily. Any carpet that you buy should be dense enough that the backing can’t be easily seen when bending the fibers back. Some carpets are stain resistant due to a very high density of fibers that repel dirt and stains. Others are treated with special chemicals that repel stains. Whether your carpet is stain resistant or not, one way to keep it clean is to thoroughly remove stains immediately.
When cleaning up carpet spills, as much as possible should be blotted up before any wiping takes place. A wet-dry vacuum will also help remove the moisture from the carpet. Once the maximum amount of liquid is removed, a cloth dipped in club soda may be used to scrub the carpet fibers to remove the stain. A light sprinkling of baking soda left to dry and then vacuumed up later may also help.
Tips for keeping your carpet clean:
- Buy the right kind of carpet for your needs.
- Get the best quality you can afford.
- Have your carpet regularly cleaned by professionals.
- Use the cleaning method that is best for your type of carpet.
- Stop dirt at the door by removing shoes or employing barriers.
Carpet made of nylon fibers is not only the most durable but also the easiest to clean. Polypropylene and polyester fibers will not conceal stains as well or last as long. The tradeoff is that these are less expensive choices. Wool carpets are easy to clean because the wool has natural water repellant properties and wool also has less static electricity to attract dirt. Wool can sometimes be an expensive choice but carpeting that is a blend of wool and synthetic fibers can be both durable and economical.
Berber and other textured carpets have the advantage of showing dirt less. Don’t use patterned weave in high traffic areas though, because dirt will collect in the low areas. This makes the carpet more difficult to vacuum and also makes cleaning more of a chore.
Regardless of the type of carpet, it is recommended that you use a professional carpet cleaning service. In the case of steam cleaning, the heating elements in the trucks are able to get the water hotter and the large machines have more suction available to do a thorough job.
Dry cleaning uses solvents and a very small amount of moisture to break down the dirt and remove it from the carpet. Professionals have experience using the chemicals that are needed for dry cleaning carpet. If you point out problem areas to them, they can give them extra treatment to remove stubborn stains. Even with regular professional cleaning, the cost of maintaining carpet is still lower than caring for wood floors.
All carpets will stay cleaner longer if dirt is not tracked onto them from outside. One way to ensure this is to leave shoes at the door. The layout of the house may protect the carpet by having a tiled foyer or mud room entrance. Keeping pets and food off of carpeted areas will also help keep carpets cleaner longer.
Of course, no matter how careful you are the carpet is going to attract some dirt. Vacuuming regularly will keep your carpet looking clean and new. It is much easier to remove dirt right away than after it has settled. Vacuum in long, slow strokes, giving the cleaner time to pick up all of the debris.
Commercial businesses have the most wear and tear on carpeting. Health care companies often use anti-microbial treatments on carpet to help prevent the spread of germs. Companies may also pay more for carpet that is pre-dyed before being tufted. This will give added protection against bleaching by cleaning agents and fading from sunlight. And of course, companies have a regular schedule of having their carpets cleaned. Emulating this in the home will go a long way toward keeping your carpet fresh looking.
There are many options when installing carpet and each style and type of fiber will work for you if you maintain it regularly. Choosing the right carpet for your needs, having it properly installed and making sure that it is professionally cleaned will go a long way toward keeping your carpet clean and attractive for years to come!