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Summer is hard on carpets. Kids are home all day playing indoors and out. Pets shed their winter coats and track mud or litter throughout the house. We tend to have people over more often, too, whether for cookouts or as house guests.
These tips to keep your carpets clean this summer will help dramatically reduce the amount of dust and pollen in your home while ensuring they’ll look just as good when the kids finally head back to school.
1. Make a “no shoes” rule
Many people feel uncomfortable asking visitors to remove their shoes at the door, but it’s becoming a more commonly accepted practice. One way to get around any awkwardness is by providing a bucket of clean house slippers for guests to wear. You can also explain that shoes track in dirt, germs, toxins and harmful bacteria which they proceed to grind into our carpets. Becoming a “no shoes house” protects your family from these things and reduces the wear and tear on your carpet’s fibers.
2. Treat spills immediately
The longer stains are left untreated, the more difficult they are to get out. Over time, stains can become permanent, so it’s essential to treat them quickly. Spot Shot® Instant Carpet Stain Remover is a convenient, easy way to treat everything from spaghetti sauce to wine to pet stains. Just spray it on and blot the stain away. No rubbing or scrubbing required. Click here to get $1 off Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover. Not sure where to purchase it? Click here to find a nearby retailer.
3. Put mats at all exterior doors
Chances are you don’t put shoes on your pets’ feet every time Fluffy or Fido want to go out. Keeping mats inside and out at each exterior door will reduce the amount of mud your critters track into the house. They also provide visitors who don’t take shoes off with a place to wipe their feet.
4. Party in the back
When throwing a cookout, pool party, or just a play date for the kids, focus the fun on your outdoor spaces to keep people from tromping all over your home. A sign by the back door directing them to the closet bathroom inside helps, and so does keeping coolers on the patio or deck stocked with drinks and snacks.
5. Vacuum often and well.
Even when you follow the tricks above your carpets are still going to get dirtier faster in the summer. Pollen and dust come indoors clinging to us or our pets, through open windows, and every time our doors open or close. That’s why carpets need to be vacuumed wall-to-wall at least twice a week with a third pass over high-traffic areas. It’s important to use the crevice attachment around the base of walls and furniture, too, since dust and pet hair often collect there.
For more tips on ways to keep your home clean, like Spot Shot’s Stain Fighting Community Facebook page.