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513 SW 156th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73170
(405) 701-9245

Maintaining your carpet not only keeps your home clean but also extends the life of your carpet and improves air quality. Here are some tips on basic carpet maintenance that every homeowner should know.

Regular Vacuuming

Dirt and dust can quickly accumulate in carpets, especially in high-traffic areas. Regular vacuuming helps prevent dirt particles, dust, and pet hair from settling deep into the carpet fibers, which can cause abrasion, wear, and odors over time. In high traffic areas, consider vacuuming at least twice a week.

Spot Cleaning

The key to effective stain removal is addressing spills immediately. The longer a spill sits, the harder it is to remove. Blot spills with a clean, damp cloth—never rub, as this can work the stain deeper into the fibers.

After blotting the spill to remove what you can, choose a carpet cleaner that is suitable for your carpet type. Make sure it does not contain harmful chemicals, especially if you have pets or children who spend a lot of time on the floor. Also, always test a new spot cleaner on a small, hidden area of carpet to make sure it doesn’t cause any discoloration.

Deep Cleaning

Even with regular vacuuming and spot cleaning, your carpet will eventually need a deeper clean. If possible, have your rugs and carpets professionally cleaned every year. Professional cleaners use steam cleaning methods that are able to sanitize and remove tough dirt from carpets, prolonging the life of your carpets.

Managing Traffic and Use

In high-traffic areas, use rugs or runners to protect carpeting. These can be more easily removed and cleaned, helping to distribute wear evenly and protect the underlying carpet. Also, periodically rearranging furniture can prevent premature carpet wear and fading from sun exposure in the same spots. This also helps to avoid indentations in the carpet.

Dealing with Odors

To tackle odors, lightly sprinkle baking soda over your carpet, let it sit for at least 15 minutes, then vacuum it up. Baking soda absorbs odors naturally without the need for chemicals. For tougher stains or odors, moisten the area with water and let the mixture sit overnight before vacuuming. Like with spot cleaners, test the baking soda mixture on an inconspicuous area of carpet to make sure it doesn’t affect your carpet’s appearance.

Preventative Measures

Implement a No-Shoes Policy: Encourage family and guests to remove their shoes at the door to minimize dirt and debris being tracked onto the carpet.

Sunlight and UV Exposure: Protect your rugs and carpets from prolonged sunlight exposure by using curtains or blinds during peak sunlight hours. UV rays can fade and degrade the quality of your carpet over time.

Upgrade Your Air Filters: Changing out your HVAC and air purifier filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendations will help them work more effectively, removing more dirt and dust particles from the air that would otherwise land on your carpet.

By following these basic carpet maintenance tips, you can keep your carpets looking fresh while also extending their lifespan. Regular care and preventive measures will ensure that your carpets remain in good condition for years to come.

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