It’s never a bad idea to have your carpets professionally cleaned, but that’s not always an option for one reason or another. However, there are plenty of ways to keep your carpet looking great and like-new between cleanings. One of the best ways to do that is to avoid staining the carpet.
Nobody really wants to stain a carpet, of course. But those are some tips and tricks for how to try and avoid getting those pesky stains deep down in your carpet. Here are some of the best tried and true methods for keeping your carpet stain-free:
Vacuum and clean regularly
If you can, weekly vacuuming can do wonders for the health and appearance of your carpet. Vacuuming regularly will help to reduce stains, as well as remove dirt that might not be visible. Dirt and debris get trapped deep inside the carpet, which can cause damages and stains if it’s not taken care of properly.
Regularly vacuuming isn’t necessarily enough to keep your carpet clean all the time, unfortunately. Carpets regularly require deeper cleaning to keep them looking their best and to prevent stains from getting trapped deep in the carpet’s fibers. This is where a solid professional cleaning will come in handy. Having the professionals, like us at Quam’s Carpet Cleaning, come out even just once a year will help remove dirt and debris embedded deep within your carpet.
Take preventative measures
This is about setting some house rules and sticking to them. There are a couple of rules that make sense for keeping your carpet clean that are quite a bit easier to set in place than to actually practice. Two of those are no shoes on the carpet and no eating on the carpet.
Shoes can carry in the dirt, grime, bacteria, and other substances that can stain carpeting. Shoes also have thicker treads on the bottom, so when you wear shoes on carpets, they can push down dirt, debris, and dust deep down into your carpet fibers. That will only help to contribute to stains and discoloration.
Taking your shoes off and leaving them at the door will reduce the amount of dirt, mud, and all those other outside contaminants that damage your carpet. This will certainly minimize stains, but it will also help extend the carpet’s life by reducing wear and tear on your carpet.
Eating and drinking in areas like a kitchen or dining room are great ways to avoid stains on your carpet. This way, if something does spill, it’ll be a lot easier to clean, as those areas typically have tile flooring or wood flooring.
Clean any spills immediately
The faster you treat any sort of spill and clean them up, the less damage that will occur. Don’t rub anything onto a spill, as this can cause the stain to set. Instead, blot the area with a clean towel until the stain or liquid is as dry as possible to avoid damage and stains.
Treat your carpets with stain-resistance treatments
Applying a stain-resistant treatment or protectant to your carpet will add a kind of seal over the surface of your carpet to prevent all kinds of stains. Many new carpets come with this, but you can also buy them to apply yourself or have a professional apply one for you. While this treatment will not prevent all stains, it will help make your carpet more resistant.
At Quam’s, we use state-of-the-art equipment, low rotating brushes, less water, and no harsh chemicals. Since we use less water, that equals less drying time. No matter how well you’ve been maintaining your carpet, we can make sure your carpet ends up looking brand new.
If it’s time to clean your floors, contact Quam’s Carpet Cleaning today at 360-513-6627. In addition to a single cleaning, we can also set up a regular maintenance schedule.