Want to destroy carpet quickly? Here are some fantastic tips to make it a reality.
1. Walk on your carpet barefoot.
Feet are the prettiest, most lovely, non-smelling clean things on the planet. Sure that shoe is comfortable, and moist, feeding bacteria when it come in contact with the sweatiest part of your body. Pulling shoes off automatically makes feet clean, oil, and bacteria free. Speaking of body oils, when oil is deposited on fabrics, it permeates the fiber, and attracts dirt like a magnet. Then, there are those lovely foot creams, and lotions which are so wonderfully bad for our carpets as well. So lather up. Also, make sure not to buy house slippers, and walk barefoot on your carpet as often as possible.
2. Use a home steam cleaner once a month.
I know you love the convenience of your steam cleaner, and why wouldn’t you? It is saving you money right? Well, no not if you are cleaning your carpets once a month. First, manufacturers recommend you clean your carpet once every one to two years. At most, your carpets should be cleaned twice a year when you have really heavy traffic. If you are cleaning your carpets monthly there are a few things working in your favor. If it starts to look dirty every month, the products being used are attracting dirt back to the carpet. Secondly, each time the carpet and pad get wet for long periods of time, they start to break down, giving opportunity for mold spores to take hold. Mold spores cause darkening, and are a dangerous health concern. You may also start to see wrinkles. A carpet that is cleaned to often is sure to wrinkle. Besides being unsightly it’s also a safety hazard. Avoid the nonsense of having a carpet that lasts a long time, steam the hell out of it.
3. Ignore those spots, I’m sure they’ll go away. Or better yet pour a store bought spot remover on them.
We ladies love our clothes. If we spill something on our favorite blouse we have spot remover on it faster than you can shake a stick at it. I love those little stain stick pens you can keep in your purse. Consequently, the most expensive fabric in our homes is the one on our floor. So of course it make sense to just ignore that spot.
Better yet, maybe you don’t ignore it. That store bought cleaner is cheap, and works right? Store bought cleaners are low quality, made with petroleum, come with a warning to test for colorfastness, and are cheaper than hiring a carpet cleaner. These products are actually great at making spots a permanent oily magnet, setting stains, or bleaching them out. Why would you use something as cheap, and easily as accessible as white vinegar and water? It is biodegradable, safe for your family, doesn’t leave a residue, and won’t set stains? Instead, use that oily low grade cleaner, or avoid that spot all together. Who needs a pretty carpet?
4. Avoid vacuuming at all cost.
Dirt has half the cutting power of glass. So when you walk on carpet it cuts the fibers, causing them to fray. Fraying causing permanent darkening especially in the main traffic areas of your home. The more dirt you get out of your carpet the longer it will last, so make sure not to vacuum it once a week. And never rake your carpet, with a carpet rake, which loosens 90% of the soil before you vacuum, picks up pet hair, and extends the life of your vacuum as well.
5. Let your pet go potty where ever it likes, and ignore the mess.
My pet never has accidents in the house because I am always home, and never forget to let her out. Okay, so maybe I’m guilty of accidentally locking her in a room on occasion. Her urine contains acid and ammonia. If I ignore it I will have a brand new, awesome, perfume in my room, and a discolored spot that will become a permanent stain. Also, once I go nose blind to that smell, I can take joy in the fact that the odor is torturing my guests. Isn’t it awesome?
6. Never, ever, ever replace the protective coating that comes on your carpet when it’s new.
When carpet is new it comes with a protective coating that resists stains, and prevents dirt from cutting the fibers of the carpet (remember from above?) As terrible as this protection is, the great news is that it wears off over time, and if you ever clean your carpet it will come off the rest of the way. Manufactures seem to think that people want to keep their carpets for a long period of time so they recommend that you reapply the protection when you clean your carpet. Because we are destroying carpet you should avoid this product. This ensures that you get permanent darkening in your walk areas even when you clean them regularly. A cheap carpet should last 10 years if taken care of properly. Avoiding the protective coating will easily shave five years off the life of your rug.
Note from the writer: I love sarcasm, so I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you would like more tips on how to extend the life of your carpet you can download our free e-book or check out some of our other blogs. We also have emergency spot tips on our website as well at https://www.pristinecarpetcleaning-co.com/blog/emergency-spot-tips/.
I have a winter question. My landlord continues to add sand to the rock salt because she is too cheap. This sand tracks i. The house onto the carpet everyday. Does the continued addition of sand particles break down carpet fibers like i believe it does?
Hi Adri, Thank you so much for your feedback! We have several more serious posts on carpet care that you may find more to your liking. Check out 6 Cleaning Mistakes People Make, 4 signs your carpet might need replacing, and 4 Cleaning Products to Never Use on Carpet. Have a wonderful day. And thanks again for taking the time to leave us a note!
The Pristine Carpet Cleaning family has been professionally cleaning carpets, and upholstery for over 35 years. Earlier in 2011, the boys came home from the US Marine Corps and decided they wanted to start cleaning carpets again. So, Ed the owner came out of retirement and started Pristine Carpet Cleaning. Ed's wife Ginger, and daughter Joni also joined the team.