The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining Clean Carpets and Area Rugs

Jun 11, 2024 | area rug cleaning, Carpet Cleaning, Carpet Stain Removal, P.U.R.T, Upholstery Cleaning

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If you have area rugs and regularly get them professionally cleaned, you might wonder if that’s sufficient. Professional area rug cleaning in the South Bay is crucial for maintaining the health and longevity of your area rugs. 

There are additional steps you can take between cleanings. Here’s what Immaculate Home Chem-Dry of the South Bay’s area rug cleaning experts recommend.

Why Consistent Vacuuming Should Be Part of Your Cleaning Routine

Don’t get caught being guilty of the saying “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” It’s crucial to create a schedule for vacuuming the various rugs and carpet areas in your home to ensure it gets done as frequently as necessary.

Immaculate Home Chem-Dry of the South Bay recommends vacuuming at least once a week. However, if you have pets, children, or high-traffic areas like entryways or hallways, you may need to vacuum even more frequently. Pet urine odor removal may be necessary between cleanings if you have a furry friend who has an accident in your home.

How to Prevent Dirt From Entering Your Home

One of the ways dirt enters your home is through your shoes. To protect your rugs, an easy and effective strategy is to stop wearing shoes indoors. If this isn’t already a habit, it can be challenging to implement at first. Place a shoe rack near each entrance to remind everyone to remove their shoes. Consider getting house slippers for the family, but ensure they are not worn outside to maintain their effectiveness.

If you must wear shoes inside, place a mat at every entrance and make it a habit to wipe your shoes each time you come in. This simple practice can significantly reduce the amount of dirt tracked into your home, keeping your rugs cleaner for longer and contributing to a healthier living environment.

Redirect Foot Traffic by Rearranging Your Furniture

Many people rearrange their furniture periodically to refresh the look of their home. This redirects the traffic paths, distributing the wear and tear on your carpet and rugs more evenly. 

Moving furniture may reveal that your sofas need a professional cleaning. Don’t stress. Immaculate Home Chem-Dry offers superior upholstery cleaning in Torrance that you can trust.

If rearranging your furniture isn’t feasible, at least rotate your rugs regularly. Otherwise, high-traffic areas, such as in front of furniture, will wear out much faster.

Immediate Spill Cleanup: Dab, Don’t Scrub

Accidental spills are a common source of spots and stains on rugs. If you spill something that could stain your rug or carpet, immediately grab a white cloth or paper towel to absorb as much of the liquid as possible. Use light pressure and a dabbing motion to avoid pushing the stain deeper or damaging the rug. Avoid scrubbing, as this can worsen the stain and harm the rug fibers.

If you have a stain that refuses to be cleaned, consider investing in professional carpet stain removal services. While this may feel unnecessary, professional stain removers will ensure that the stain is removed without damaging or discoloring your area rugs or carpet.

Protect Your Carpets by Wearing Socks Around the House

While shoes can damage your carpets, socks can actually be beneficial. Feet naturally produce sweat and oils, which can transfer to your carpets, gradually degrading the fibers and dyes. Wearing socks or house slippers indoors creates a barrier that helps protect your carpets from these oils.

To ensure maximum protection, make sure your socks or slippers are always clean. It’s important to replace your socks after wearing them in shoes to avoid transferring dirt and grime from your shoes onto your carpets. This simple practice can significantly extend the life and appearance of your carpets.

These tips will help keep your rugs clean and healthy in between area rug cleanings from Immaculate Home Chem-Dry of the South Bay. If it’s time to schedule a cleaning, call us at (714) 316-0686 and we’ll be happy to help.

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