Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Keeping Your Carpets Clean (For the Kids!)

Image by Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay 

If you have kids, you either have already or will at some point have to deal with spills and stains on your carpets. It’s an inevitable part of parenthood.

You of course aren’t holding it against your kids, who, bless their hearts, don’t have fully developed motor functions. It does, however, pose an immediate dilemma when it happens and it can cause some stress.

Hardwood or tile floors can make cleaning spills easier, but we know how expensive those options can be. Carpet is a more inexpensive option that many young parents choose (or at least choose not to replace). It has the added plus of being soft and cozy for your kids to play on.

Spills are an obvious impetus for cleaning your carpets. You of course don’t want a big red juice stain in the middle of the room.

What’s less obvious is how much dirt and dust gets trapped inside your carpets and builds up over time. That dust and dirt can be shaken up by your kids as they crawl, walk, or run over your carpeted floors. Dust goes into the air, and without you even realizing it, you and your family are breathing in all kinds of nasty particles.

There are some obvious ways to protect your carpet (and your family) from this kind of build-up. Vacuuming regularly is a must that will keep your air healthy and your carpets looking fresh.

Still, even vacuuming regularly won't suck out all of the dirt and particles that inevitably build up. Eventually this will cause the textile material of your carpet to become matted. Imagine what would happen to your hair if you didn't wash it for a year! That's effectively the same that would happen to your carpet. Instead of soft and plush, your carpet will develop a rougher texture and will begin to look worn and flattened.

The longer you go without a cleaning, the more of this damage becomes harder to undo. That's why it is said that cleaning will extend the life of your carpet. If you do it regularly, you will prevent your carpet fibers from becoming too damaged and dirty.

As a general rule, you should make sure to have a professional carpet cleaning done at least once a year in addition to regular vacuuming.

Your kids, who are often the ones spending the most time of all the family on or close to your carpet, will thank you for a softer, cozier surface and you can have peace of mind that they have a healthier environment to play in.

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