Over the summer months, your home may experience more foot traffic than usual. Carpet cleaning can be a bit of a challenge during this time of the year, especially when you have more friends or family members at home.
Carpets can take a beating from the wear and tear caused by different activities like cookouts, family visits, and children being at home all day since the school’s out. To keep your carpets looking clean and fresh despite this change, here are some helpful tips for you to remember:
Create a no-shoe zone.
A simple way to keep outside dirt from reaching your carpets is by asking family members to remove their shoes once they come in. Leave a shoe rack near the door to help keep their footwear in one place.
When holding social gatherings indoors, ask guests to remove their shoes, but don’t be offended or act rude if they decide not to. Don’t worry, though – most of the time, if one person is willing to remove their footwear, the rest will do the same.
In short, having a majority of the people walking through your house go shoeless can significantly reduce the amount of dirt in your carpet fibers.
Keep the party outdoors.
If the weather is good, consider taking your party outdoors. Do your best to keep the foot traffic outside so you don’t have to worry about the amount of dirt and debris guests can bring to your home. Your guests shouldn’t have an issue staying out on the deck or patio if it’s warm enough.
It’s also a good idea to keep everything you need for the party outside. This reduces the number of trips people need to make into your home. Put runners in the areas leading to the restrooms to prepare for guests who’ll need to use them while the party is ongoing.
Come up with a vacuuming schedule.
For homeowners with carpets that get more traffic than usual, you need to stick to a vacuuming schedule. Regular vacuuming helps remove any dirt and debris not only on the surface but beyond that. Doing so prevents your carpet from looking worn, dingy, and dirty.
Additionally, regular vacuuming removes contaminants that may result in allergies and other respiratory problems. Make sure to vacuum at least once every week or more if you have small children or pets at home.
Use runners and area rugs.
When planning an event that takes place on your patio, deck, or porch, people will be wearing shoes throughout different areas of your home. It’s a good idea to place rugs, runners, and mats to reduce wear and dirt on the carpets.
It’s a good idea to put down runners in the hallway–a high foot traffic spot–year-round to lessen carpet wear. You can also use doormats at entrances so people can wipe off and remove their shoes before entering your home.
Get professional help.
You can rent carpet cleaning machines for deeper cleaning, but you also run the risk of damaging carpet fibers with strong chemical detergents and high temperatures. Spot treatment is always an excellent idea to help avoid set-in stains. You also have the option of hiring a professional carpet cleaning company to keep your carpets fresh, protect their beauty, and extend their lifespan.