Carpets can take a beating in the summer from the wear and tear of activities such as cookouts, family visits, and sleepovers. You can hire professional carpet cleaners once in a while. You can also keep your carpets fresh and clean all by yourself. Follow these simple tips.

Shoes off

Ask your family members to remove their shoes as soon as they enter the house. That is one easy way to keep outside dirt off your indoor carpets. You can also ask your guests to remove their shoes if you have social gatherings, but if they prefer wearing shoes indoors, don’t be rude or feel offended. Most guests will oblige. A great amount of moisture, grass, dirt and grime that gets tracked into your carpet fibres will be reduced if the majority of the people walking through your home go shoeless.

Area rugs and runners

To reduce dirt and wear on the carpets put down rugs, mats, or runners through certain areas of the home when you are planning an event that takes place on a patio, porch or deck that will involve people wearing shoes. To reduce carpet wear in high traffic area like hallways you can place runners year round and at entrances place doormats so that people will be able to wipe off and remove shoes when they enter.

Regular vacuuming

To prevent excessive wear on the carpet fibres and to remove allergens, dirt and dust from your rugs do regular vacuuming. Before vacuuming sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet to help absorb odours. If you entertain more often vacuum at least once a week.

Hire a professional

Other than vacuuming you can buy or rent carpet cleaning machines for deeper cleaning. However, hot temperatures and harsh chemical detergents might damage carpet fibres. To avoid stains spot treatments is always a good idea. To protect the beauty of your carpet, extend their lives and keep them fresh hire a professional to clean the carpets at least once a year.

Spend more time outside

By sending more time outside in the summer you can keep mud, foot traffic and dirt off your carpets and area rugs. You can entertain outside and encourage children to play outside in the grass. This will minimize the risk of spills and stains on expensive carpets.

Summer is the best time to have fun and enjoy outdoors and an added bonus is less dust and dirt on your beautiful carpets and no stress about your carpet getting dirty.

So, here is a gentle reminder to leave the house more often this summer!