Cleaning Your Carpet
Now, when you look at this post title, you’re probably wondering, “why is the Valley Windows team talking about carpets?” It’s a great question, but also one that we have answers for. Honestly, it’s because we’re so passionate about your home and making it the best that it can be. If you regularly visit the Valley Windows blog, you’ll not only learn about a better view for your home but a better view for you of your home. We recently talked about fireplaces, and it started a really important conversation about what you can see through our premium windows and doors. Floors certainly fall into this bracket and in order to maximize the appeal of your home and the beauty of the windows and doors that you’ve chosen, we want to share a few tips and tricks to keep your floors beautiful. There is an abundance of different materials that you can choose from, and they each require different cleaning and maintenance. Today, we’re talking about carpets. Read on for more information:
Have the right equipment and materials on hand. Here’s a short list that Spruce put together in this post.
Equipment / Tools
- Spray bottle
- Microfiber cloth
- Oscillating fan
- Scrub brush with stiff nylon bristles
- Old towels or rags
- Clothes steamer
- Steam mop
- Distilled white vinegar
- Baking soda
- Table salt
Now it’s time for a few pro tips:
Be patient. Don’t rub stains, instead choose to blot them. While you may assume that scrubbing immediately will take care of the stain, it actually drives it further into the carpet. Look at always having a cleaning solution and a clean cloth or towel on hand. Blot from the outside edge of the stain. If you blot in the other direction, you can actually spread it even further.
Invest in the above and keep a couple of items readily on-hand. As this article shares, club soda is your friend. Additional friends are white vinegar and water. Spray, wait and blot. We’re talking about the intense stains specifically, like red wine or mud after a fun day outside for your pets or younger members of the household. Patience ties into this one as well; the stain might be gone with the first round, but don’t worry, with effort, it will be like it never happened.
Vacuuming is the best overall way to clean a carpet, but it’s important to pick the right one. There are so many on the market right now and there will be still more as we move throughout the year. We liked the comparison in this article, that carpet is similar to a giant air filter – making it an easy homestead for both dirt and for dust. You truly can add years to the life of your carpet in different areas of your home, simply by adding vacuuming to your regular list of chores to be checked off. Be gentle, take your time (are you seeing a theme?) and use overlapping strokes. Your wallet and your sanity will thank you.
Questions? Let the Valley Windows team know. When you work with us to design and install our premium products, we want to ensure that everything inside your home is just as great.