There is no denying the fact that carpet gets dirty after a while. But can you imagine how dirty it gets after a decade? It’s important to keep carpet clean for a lot of reasons, especially if you have allergies or asthma. Fortunately, there are many ways to make old carpet look new, while also removing dirt and particles that might contribute to health issues. The tips below will help you transform the condition and appearance of your carpet in very little time. It’s how I made my carpet look new after ten years.
Use Salt Water:
The shade of carpet tends to change as the years go by because of dirt deposits. A good way to restore the color of carpet is with a mild salt water scrub using a rag of your choice. It’s amazing how salt water can liven up dull carpet with a little bit of elbow grease. This mixture requires about two tablespoons of salt and three to four cups of warm water. You can alter the mixture to accommodate the condition of your carpet. If the first scrub does not yield the results you would like, it’s perfectly fine to try again.
Avoid Tracking Dirt Indoors:
Depending on your family traditions, you may be accustomed to taking off your shoes before you walk into the house. Some cultures consider it to be rude or an insult if you do not remove your shoes when entering their home. They simply provide a corner where you can place your shoes as soon as you arrive. A great benefit of this practice is that you don’t track in dirt from the outdoors, which is one of the primary ways in which carpet gets dirty. Even if you are only staying for a few minutes, having a strict rule of removing your shoes is a great way to keep your carpet clean. It has worked for my family.
Trust the Experts:
Despite the many tips and tricks available that can change the appearance of your carpet, the most effective and usually the most preferred method is allowing professional carpet cleaners Brisbane to take care of the problem. While you can also rent a carpet cleaning machine, it’s much easier to hire professionals because you won’t have to deal with the extra work that goes into deep cleaning carpet. Over the past ten years, I have used carpet cleaners about once a year to make absolutely sure my family does not experience any of the health issues that can be caused by dirt and other particles left in carpet.
Eliminate Dents in Carpet:
Whenever I moved the furniture around in a room, I would use ice cubes to remove the dents in the carpet. It’s something that works like magic and doesn’t cost any money. All you have to do is vacuum the carpet thoroughly and place the ice cubes inside the dents. Once the ice melts, you can use a fork to fluff up the carpet, which is a great way to speed up the process of removing the dents. While the ice will make the carpet fibers expand, combing the carpet with a fork will make sure the fibers match the height of surrounding areas. You can dry the carpet with a clean rag, which just requires a back and forth movement.
Prevent Wear and Tear:
One of the reasons why I was able to maintain the carpet in good condition is because I got into the habit of moving furniture around periodically so that there wasn’t any wear and tear on the same areas. About every year or so, I would figure out a new layout for different rooms in the house, which was also a great way to maintain a fresh appearance. Sometimes it felt like a new start because I would purchase new throw pillows around the same time. It’s easy to move furniture to a new location in the same room. It’s also a good way to make sure all areas are thoroughly cleaned.
Use a Vinegar and Baking Soda Wash:
A method that I use for spot cleaning is vinegar and baking soda. The amount that’s required can vary. I have found it helpful because they are usually items that are already in the cabinet, which is the case for many families. After combining the vinegar and baking soda, I use a small brush to scrub a stain or an area that appears discolored.
A great benefit of using vinegar and baking soda is that they are also good for removing pet odors or any other odors in the house. For larger areas, I add water to the substance and used a spray bottle along with the same brushing method. Although it takes time, it’s worth the effort because it has always been an effective way to keep carpet looking great.
Vacuum Twice a Week:
While every home is different, I have found that vacuuming at least twice a week is a good way to make sure carpet stays clean and presentable. In fact, I think that’s one of the main reasons why it has maintained such a clean appearance over the past ten years. I have always focused on high-traffic areas for obvious reasons, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t clean corners. There is often dirt and dust in the corners of rooms. It’s a proven fact that most dust comes from human skin cells that float in the air and land on the carpet and other surfaces. Most people don’t realize this fact because it’s not something that you can always see without a microscope.
There have been many methods that I have used over the years to make carpet look like new. You can try these different techniques to see which one works best for you. If you’re like most people, you’ll probably end up hiring professionals so that you can enjoy your day and return home to a fresher and cleaner home environment.