We depend on a vacuum cleaner to keep our carpet and floors clean of dirt and debris. Two of the most important and expensive investments in your home are your carpet and your mattress. What in your carpet? Glad you ask we’ve going to take a closer look at its maintenance and find out how we can prevent most of the hidden germs lurking in one of the places you and your family use the most. The carpet we walk on daily conceals’s a lot of dirt and it may be dirtier than you think. In fact, it probably has about 200,000 bacteria per square inch. That’s about 4,000 times grosser than your toilet, in case you were keeping track.
- For example, if you allow shoes in your home, you are more likely to track dirt, leaves and other outside elements inside your home. This will make vacuuming more difficult. The obvious solution is to have everyone take their shoes off when they first enter your home. This will contain potential debris in one spot, instead of being tracked throughout your home. If you do not want to enforce any shoe policy, then perhaps you can place mats around entry points of your home. By doing so, your friends and family will have a place to wipe off their shoe.
Once is Not Enough
To truly pull up the dust and hair on your floor, it is usually better to vacuum multiple times in the same area. On top of this, it would also be wise to go over the areas from multiple directions, as this will help pull up dirt and debris more effectively.
This is especially important with problematic pet hair. Ask any pet owner, and they’ll tell you how hard it may be to completely get all of the hair off of the carpet and furniture. In extreme situations, you may have to run over the area up to 10 times.
But even if you don’t own any pets, it’s still wise to go over the carpet multiple times from different directions. I personally create a crisscross pattern when vacuuming the carpets in my home.
*Stick to a schedule
*Minimize the mess
*Use special care with area rugs.