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5 Habits To Keep Your Carpet Clean

You can avoid dealing with spills and stains forever

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Despite your best efforts to keep it looking pristine, carpets will inevitably turn grubby and gray over time. While cleaning hacks and homemade solutions always work, there’s another way to maintain its freshness—the real secret to keeping a carpet clean is not letting it get dirty. After all, prevention is better than cure. To help you do that, here are some ideas you can try: 

1. Invest in good doormats.

Stop dirt from invading your home by placing a mat at every entrance where people can dust off grime from the outside. Practice wiping your shoes on them before coming inside as well so you can easily get into the habit. 

2. Clean spills immediately.

Food spills are inevitable, especially in the kitchen and the dining area. However, if you clean it immediately, chances are you don’t have to deal with stubborn stains as fresh spots come off in a snap. A dab of vinegar and baking soda always helps, too! 

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3. Don’t wear any footwear indoors.

If you have carpeted floors, it’s best to stick to being barefoot when indoors—leave your shoes outside so you don’t bring in debris from the streets. For those who don’t feel comfortable with doing so, a pair of bedroom slippers for the house works, too.

4. Vacuum your carpet regularly.

Instead of letting dust and particles of dirt stick to your carpet, get rid of them by running it through with a vacuum. Doing this also stretches time in between washes—keeping your carpet from fading or getting deformed. 

5. Alternate between two rugs.

Every now and then, switch out your carpet for a different piece to avoid wearing out the one you currently have. If it gets to take a break from exposure to dust and the daily foot traffic, it is sure to last a lot longer. 

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