If you have carpet in your home, then you are already well aware of the pros and cons associated with this flooring choice. While carpet can require a lot of maintenance and upkeep, it can help better insulate the home, reduce the amount of noise, and provides a plush and more comfortable floor to walk on in the home. However, you also need to be mindful of any spills or stains, and you should regularly vacuum and clean the carpet to keep it looking new.
But how do you go about refreshing older carpet to make it look new again without having the expense of replacing the carpet? The following will outline a few ways in which you can take care of and refresh the current carpet in your home.
Shoes Carry Dirt
Have you considered asking everyone to remove their shoes at the door before they walk onto the carpet? Shoes can carry in all sorts of dirt, mud, and debris that can wreak havoc on a carpeted floor. They can even track in pollutants and pesticides from outside that can seriously dampen the healthy living space you have worked hard to achieve.
Instead of walking around the home with the shoes you use outdoors, perhaps use socks or slippers instead to reduce the amount of contaminants that enter the home and become trapped in the carpet.
Vacuuming the carpet a few times a week is essential when it comes to keeping it clean and refreshed. Be sure that the vacuum cleaner is able to provide strong suction so that it picks up the dust and dirt particles, rather than just move them around. Vacuuming can also help remove allergens and can make it smell better.
To further remove any unpleasant odors from the carpet and refresh it, you can use baking soda. Simply sprinkle the baking soda over the carpeted areas of the home and let it stand for at least thirty minutes. After the time is up, you can vacuum, and it will leave your carpets clean and odor free. Other carpet deodorizers may only mask the smell; the baking soda will remove the odor.
Finally, steam cleaning the carpets is another way you can quickly refresh carpet and deodorize it. It is not even necessary to use detergent when steam cleaning the floors. Instead, use hot water, and the hot water and steam will work its way into the carpet to clean and disinfect and will not leave any unpleasant odor. Also, make sure you allow plenty of time for the floors to dry.
It is recommended that you choose a nice day in which you can have the windows open so that the floors can dry faster. Avoid steam cleaning the carpets on really hot and humid days.
If you follow the steps above, then you are well on your way to effectively refreshing the carpet in your home and removing and dirt and odors that may be taking over.