Tuesday, March 29, 2011

How to Keep Your Carpet Clean Even With Kids in Your Home


When you have children, it can be hard to keep the house clean, but one part of the house that takes a direct hit is the carpet.

Kids are notorious for tracking in a variety of messes and the carpet - no matter its color or previous condition - suffers because of it. But there are some things you can do to help kids and clean carpets live in harmony.

First, have a no-shoes policy. It's become more and more common for people to take their shoes off as soon as they enter someone's house, or even before. Don't worry about what people will think. Be firm about this rule, and apply it evenly to adults and children so you don't discriminate.

By making sure shoes aren't worn in the house, you are also ensuring that the carpets get spared from whatever might be on someone's shoes, like oil, dirt or grass. If you feel uncomfortable asking guests to remove shoes, you can offer them a pair of slippers from a basket near your door.

Second, don't assume that if the kids are running around the house in socks, that's fine for the carpets. Some kids will run outside in their socks, and then come back in house. Their socks are now as dirty as a shoe might be. Check the bottoms of the kid's socks periodically and if they are dirty, make them change their socks.

Vacuum often, as in just about every day. Contrary to some people's beliefs, vacuuming does not wear down the carpet, but actually benefits the carpet. Do it often to keep the dirt from soaking into the fibers (making it very hard to get clean). If there are stains on the carpet, you're more likely to see them when vacuuming the carpet (when you're looking directly at it) than when you're walking all over it. Then you can deal with the stains as you see them and before they become harder to get out.

Finally, get your carpets cleaned regularly. Many people wait until they see dirt and stains to clean their carpets, but cleaning them before you see the dirt is a better idea. Your carpet, which is a big investment, will last longer. Experts recommend getting carpets cleaned about every 6 months, when you do your regular heavy cleaning.

If you follow these steps, you can have light colored carpet, pets and children and all can live peacefully together.


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