If you have a lot of carpeting in your home, you already know the difference a fresh, clean carpet can make on the appearance of your home; a clean carpet makes a room more inviting, and makes everything else in the room look better. On the other hand, a dirty carpet is one of the first things you’ll notice when you enter a home or a room. But maintaining a neat appearance isn’t the only reason for you to keep your carpets clean.
People (and their pets) don’t just walk on carpets: they live on them. As a result, carpets collect a wide variety of substances over time; little bits of food are just one example. While you might be able to spot dirt, stains, or grime on your carpet, this is not always the case. If you were to take a really close look, you might be surprised at what the carpet has trapped; for a better idea, try turning a heavily-trafficked area rug or a carpet runner upside down.
What you can’t see in your carpet can be just as unsettling. Substances trapped in your carpet can bring about a bad odor. And because you would live with this odor day in and day out, you would lose sensitivity to it. As a result, you might be completely unaware of even a strongly unpleasant odor coming from your carpeting. This odor might be unpleasant to guests, who haven’t yet become insensitive to the smell.
One reason that carpeting is so popular is its inviting texture. Clean carpets tend to be soft and smooth to the touch. But when liquids like sauce, juice, or oil are allowed to set on your carpet; they can roughen and harden its texture. Your once-soft carpet will no longer be a comfort to the soles of your feet. And again, your guests may notice the difference long before you do.
What you can’t see in your carpet can also cause excessive wear and shorten its lifespan. Tiny pieces of sand or grit rub and scratch and wear down your carpet’s fibers. This can dull and fade your carpet as well as cause matting or flattened out spots. This kind of wear and tear has ended the lives of many carpets before their time, requiring and early (and expensive) purchase of new carpeting.
So what can you do? Regular vacuuming is a great start. In addition to making any home more inviting, this practice helps to keep dirt and grit from working deep into carpet fiber where they can do the most damage; it also reduces the potential for unpleasant odors.
While vacuuming is a key part of keeping your carpet clean, it’s not the only one. Vacuuming is effective at removing material trapped on the surface of the carpet; it isn’t as effective at cleaning deep under the surface or removing staining materials. For an occasional deep cleaning, you’ll want to rely on a professional carpet cleaner like my local favorite, Brooke’s Chem-Dry.
Occasional carpet cleanings can capture the dirt and grit that escaped your vacuuming; a cleaning can also release tough stains that vacuuming can’t. Like almost anything that has to do with carpet cleaning, the earlier you confront a problem, the better. Regular carpet cleanings can reduce wear-and-tear and keep stains from becoming permanent additions to your carpet’s appearance.
Next time you consider postponing a carpet cleaning or vacuuming, remember this: Regularly cleaned carpets are fresher, softer, and can look new for years longer.