Carpets of any kind are expensive, and need to be preserved as well as possible to ensure that they have a long, productive life. However, carpets are a part of your flooring, which means that they get exposed to all sorts of dirt - dry, wet or somewhere in between.
The most obvious tip to help keep your carpet clean is to vacuum it regularly. A weekly vacuuming - make it your Sunday morning task - keeps your carpet dust-free. This will prevent allergies, insect infestations and also keep your carpet looking fresh and nicely aired out.
Always take your time while vacuuming - do not pass over your carpet too quickly, as the vacuum will not have the time to loosen as well as draw in the dust and dirt particles. Also, pass your vacuum cleaner along in at least two opposing directions, so that all the carpet fibres get agitated and the dirt removed from along them.
Liquid spills, however, need more attention. Always take immediate action, no matter what the type of liquid is. Allowing a coloured liquid to stay on your carpet for too long may result in a permanent stain, discolouring your carpet if you use too much bleach or cleaning detergent on it.
The first thing you should do when you see a liquid spill is to place a large, absorbent towel over it. Let the towel absorb as much of the liquid spill as possible, so that it does not spread or seep into the lower layers of your carpet. Keep in mind that acidic liquids such as urine or vomit will lead to discolouration, so clean it up before it has a chance to dry(and become even more disgusting).
A vinegar-water solution is a fabric-friendly way to clean up a stain once most of the liquid has been soaked off it. Avoid soap-based cleaners, as the residue from these will attract dirt from any shoes which step on the carpet. Acidic cleaners like vinegar are friendly to both your carpet and your hands, so you can use these freely.
After you have cleaned up the acidic stain, sprinkle some baking powder over the damp spot. The baking powder will partly help to soak up the liquid, and will also work as an odour suppressant - a much cheaper solution than the commercial odour control mechanisms.
At least once a year, send your carpet to a professional cleaner. This will help preserve its colour and texture, thus saving you much more than you spend on the professional's cleaning services.
Remember, that every separate situation requires different tactics. What has been given above is only a broad outline of things you can do to clean the most common stains on your carpet. In case of ink spills or serious stains you do not feel equipped to deal with, do not hesitate to call up your carpet cleaners. They will tell you what to do, and will also intervene if necessary and return your carpet to its original, new state.
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