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5 Tips to Keep Your Rugs and Carpets Looking Fresh

While carpets and mats add a sense of homeliness to any house’s décor, they are also prone to attracting quite a bit of dust and dirt.

To make them last longer, carpets and mats require regular maintenance and cleaning. There is no such thing as forgetting about them as they require consistent attention to stay in great condition. Any spillages on your rugs and carpets should be dealt with immediately and vacuuming should be an essential part of your cleaning routine.

Below we discuss the best ways to clean your rugs to keep them looking fresh for years to come.

1. Vacuum Often

This is an obvious one. Ensure to vacuum any dirt and debris from your rugs at least once a week. Even if the carpet looks fairly clean, regular vacuuming should be done to keep your carpet looking good. This would also prevent dirt from getting deposited deep into the carpet.

A good practice before you start to vacuum is to give your carpet or mat a shake to loosen up any lodged dirt or grit within the fibers. This makes it easier for the vacuum to pick up the debris and clean more effectively.

2. Get Rid of Stains

Quickly getting rid of stains is the right way to go about taking care of your carpets. Some carpets are better at repelling stains, depending on the type of fabric they are made of.

For example, synthetic fibers are better at repelling stains than nylon rugs.

Using equal parts washing liquid, warm water, and white wine vinegar is usually a good trick to rid of tough carpet stains, including coffee and wine.

3. Use Lint Rollers

Sometimes, no matter how hard you vacuum, there are always some crumbs or dirt particles that your vacuum cannot handle.

In this case, you can use lint rollers and clean even the problematic, hard-to-reach areas of your carpets to get rid of stubborn debris.

4. Use the Power of Baking Soda

Baking soda can be used to sort all types of carpet issues, including:

  • Getting rid of stubborn oil stains
  • Masking pet accidents such as urine
  • Sprucing up your carpets by giving them a fresh look

Baking soda can be a lifesaver for carpet owners, making it essential in your cleaning arsenal. 

5. Clean Spillages Right Away

When it comes to dealing with spillages on your carpets, immediate action is key. When you get to a spill quickly, there is a good chance you can successfully get rid of it. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove due to the stain reacting chemically with the carpet.

Most stains can be removed using plain water by pressing a clean, dry cloth over the spillage and absorbing it. For a particularly stubborn stain, you may need to use a commercial spot cleaning product.

Remember to never scrub the stained spot. This can damage the fibers of your mat or carpet, creating a fuzzy area. Blot from the outwards towards the center to avoid spreading the stain and ending up with a problem bigger than what you started with.