Carpet Maintenance Tips

DIY Carpet Cleaning

There are many options when it comes to cleaning your carpet. From powder freshener, to liquid treatments, there are a number of ways to treat your carpet after it has been exposed to damaging conditions over time.

Deciding which of these methods is best for your situation can be a bit of a task, however, and that is why we are here to help!

Basic Carpet Maintenance

There are numerous ways in which you can keep your carpet smelling fresh and looking clean, without incurring any major expenses. Freshening your carpet is a good way to spruce up the smell of your home, and can be done at a relatively low cost. Over time, your beloved floor covering will absorb the scent of shoes, pets, and general wear. Liquid and powder fresheners are fairly affordable, and can even be made from common household materials! (For more information on homemade carpet fresheners, check out this previous blog post.) The smell of your carpet will change the overall smell of your home – after all, it covers the entire floor space! This is an excellent way to impress friends or relatives when you are expecting a visit.

What if the scent of your floor is not an issue, but a stain is? Typically, carpet-cleaning machines can be purchased or rented from local grocery and home improvement stores. If this isn’t a convenient option for you, a simple cleaning solution can be made from ¼ teaspoon of white vinegar, or non-bleach detergent. Simply pour the liquid onto the stained area, and blot it dry. This option is limited, though, and typically only works immediately after a stain occurs.

The following is a list of stains that are very hard to remove from carpet. You’ll want to act extra quickly if your carpet has been soiled with:

  • Red Wine
  • Urine
  • Vomit
  • Blood
  • Grape Juice

Have some of the above-mentioned cleaning products on hand if you’re concerned that you could face one of these spills, particularly those with pets or small children.

If you have tried both of these options on a stained or odorous carpet, and have noticed no improvement, you might face a more serious issue: mold. Mold is a serious risk factor for those visiting and living in your home. Initial symptoms of mold exposure include nasal and sinus congestion, chest tightness, nosebleed, headache, skin and eye irritation and more. After long-term exposure has taken place, symptoms become quite severe. Some potential complications as a result of long-term mold exposure include

  • Cancer
  • Pulmonary injury
  • Neurotoxicity
  • Hematologic and immunologic disorders
  • Hepatic, endocrine and/or renal toxicities

Contract Carpet One offers the Healthier LivingTMCarpet Installation System, which preserves the air quality of your home, and prevents the occurrence of mold.

At-Risk Carpet

Carpet mold can occur as a result of moisture, spills or humidity, carpeting in your basement is especially at risk. These are factors to consider when identifying mold in your carpet, as it is not immediately apparent on the surface until the case becomes rather severe. If your carpet does have mold, there is little you can do to fix it. Your only option is going to be to install new carpet. Just be sure to prevent it from happening again.

Prevention

Prevention is always more ideal than remedy. The best way to ensure that mold is not present in your carpet is to ensure that it does not grow in the first place. A few ways to prevent mold growth in carpets are:

Reducing Humidity Indoors

A dehumidifier will regulate the amount of moisture in the air, depriving mold spores the amount of water they need to grow. 30% to 60% humidity is an acceptable range for interiors.

Installing Wisely

A bit of wisdom can go a long way as it relates to your carpet. Try not to have carpet installed in areas that have a high level of moisture, such as bathrooms or humid basements.

Choosing high-quality carpet padding

Anti-microbial padding options are ideal for prevent mold growth. It does cost a bit more than normal padding, but can save you a significant amount of money in the long run if you do encounter a mold outbreak.

Let’s say that you already have mold growing on your carpet. Cleaning the substance fully is not possible without expecting it to grow again. If the affected area is small enough, it may be possible to remove the section and replace it with a piece of carpet that is similar in color. If multiple areas are affected, however, you will want to replace the carpeting as soon as possible, in order to avoid potentially serious health complications.

Mold damage to carpet can be pretty intimidating, but by following the tips above, you can rest assured that your carpet will remain safe and presentable.

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