Keeping your carpet looking clean can be challenging. Of course, you need to have spot cleaners on hand and vacuum on a regular basis, but you may want to try some other tricks too. In particular, keeping keys areas and certain items clean can help to protect your carpet. Here’s where to focus.

1. Entryways

If your entryway is full of dirt or debris, that can latch onto your feet and get carried to your carpet. Even if you are diligent about removing your shoes, the dust from that area is likely to stick on your socks or migrate to your carpets through the air.

Clean and mop tiled floors or other hard surfaces near your doors on a regular basis. If you have carpet in your entryway, you may want to put down plastic mats and invest in a boot tray to hold your shoes.

2. Other Floors With Hard Surfaces

Of course, it isn’t just your entryway that can spread dust and debris to your carpet. It’s any hard flooring in your home. Laundry room floors collect dry lint, kitchen floors amass bits of food and bathroom floors catch hair. Remember to clean these areas frequently if you don’t want that debris to get ground into your carpet.

3. Exhaust Fans

When it comes to kitchens, it’s not just the floor you have to worry about. You should also try to keep the filter on your exhaust fan as clean as possible. If you like deep frying, stir frying or just cooking with oil in general, the oil vapour gets into the air in your kitchen.

An extractor fan with a clean filter can soak up that oil and prevent it from getting to the rest of your home. Without a clean fan filter, you may end up with a coating of greasy residue on your carpet. You may not be able to see it, but it definitely makes the fibres more matted and encourages dirt to stick to the carpet.

4. HVAC Filters

The exhaust fan filter isn’t the only one you need to keep clean. You should also change or clean the filter on your HVAC system on a regular basis. If the filter is saturated with dust and allergens, the air flow in the system will be compromised. As a result, you may see dirty streaks on your carpet, particularly along baseboards. Professional carpet cleaning can remove the streaks, and replacing the filter can keep them away for good.

5. Vacuums

Speaking of filters, it’s important to keep your vacuum filter clean as well. The filter allows your vacuum to pick up microscopic allergens such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites and even residue from tobacco smoke. If your filter isn’t clean, all of that will stay in your carpet.

Additionally, it’s important to keep the rest of your vacuum clean. Empty the bag on a regular basis or if you have a bagless vacuum, clean the canister regularly. Finally, remove hair and other fibres from the brushes of your vacuum. If the brushes are clogged up, they won’t be able to penetrate deep into your carpet.

6. Pets

If you have furry, little pets in your home, it’s also important to keep them clean. Consider washing your pets on a regular basis. Washing not only removes dirt, but it also reduces the amount of oil in their fur, which can get into the carpet. You may want to invest in a few pet beds to protect your carpet and investigate other strategies to protect your carpet from pets.

7. Feet

It’s obvious that dirty feet aren’t good for your carpet, and if you love to garden barefoot, you might want to keep a bucket of water near the door for a quick rinse as needed. However, you may even need to be careful about clean feet. In particular, if you take a shower and put lotion on your feet, the lotion can create an oily film on your carpet. Socks are key for carpet protection.

Focusing on these seven areas will help to keep your carpet clean. However, regular professional cleaning is still essential if you want clean-looking, long-lasting carpet. Give us a call today to set up your next carpet-cleaning session.