Everybody needs a vacation from time to time to get away from everything going on. It's fantastic to get away, clear your head, and come back to your home with a newfound appreciation of the little things in life. However, when you go back to a house that isn't as clean as you thought it was when you left, your mood can immediately drop, making you wish you were back on vacation again.
When it comes to your carpets, you spend so much time with them that you get used to the way that they look. After you take a holiday, though, all those stains and discolored spots stand out a whole lot more. While there isn't a lot you can do after you leave, there are several ways to make sure your carpet gets clean and stays clean when you finally take your vacation.
Over time, dust, dirt, and hair get trapped between the small fibers of your carpet. You get used to the condition of the air in your house when you breathe it in every day, but when you come home after taking a vacation, you might come face to face with an allergic reaction from all the dust you had gotten so used to being around. A daily vacuuming before you go on holiday keeps your carpets clean and reduces the chance of you getting sick when you come back.
Treat Stains as Soon as Possible
Hopefully, you try your best to keep your carpet stain-free, but accidents do happen, and you can't always be to blame. Fortunately, it's simple to treat stains if you get to them as soon as the accident occurs. All you need is a solution of water and vinegar to spray onto the stain, some non-bleach detergent, a soft brush to scrub it out with, and water to rinse and repeat until the stain is gone. Make sure to avoid using bleach and harsher chemicals, though, because you don't want to replace your old stain with a new one.
Be Outside More
An easy way to keep dirt off your carpet is to not be on your carpet at all. Spend more time outside on the days leading up to your vacation, especially if you have children, to minimize the damage done to your carpet. If you aren't in the house, you can't cause any accidents.
Keep Shoes Off the Carpet
As soon as you come back inside, you'll want to remove those shoes immediately. Your shoes are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to tracking in dirt, debris, and bacteria, so you're going to want to keep them off the carpet at all costs to cut down on how often you need to vacuum. A super-smart investment would be a shoe rack for keeping them off the floor entirely. If you buy a shoe rack right before you leave, it might end up being a pleasant surprise when you come back as well.
Use Door Mats and Rugs
A doormat is essential for picking up the dirt and the moisture that you might accidentally track in even if you do take your shoes off immediately after entering the house. Not only does it remind you to wipe off your shoes before coming in, but it also reminds guests who may not know your house rules about keeping tidy. Using area rugs inside the house also lessens the wear on your carpets and encourages guests to keep their shoes off to preserve the quality of the rugs you have in your home.
Sometimes you can't clean every stain. Certain stains may have been left to dry far too long and no matter how well you vacuum, there will be dirt below the surface. Steam cleaning is a surefire way to get deep down into your carpets and pick up the dirt that you couldn't have ever reached with a vacuum. The steam combined with the chemicals a steamer uses also works to kill any bugs that may have been living way beneath the surface of your carpets.
Hire a Professional
To achieve the highest level of cleanliness for your carpets, you might want to consider calling in the pros. A professional carpet cleaner has the chemicals and the equipment to reach every spot, corner, and crevice of your carpet that you wouldn't be able to. An expert cleaning guarantees the tidiest surface you could come home to after a vacation. Tackling your carpet can be a tough job as well and may take away the time you need to pack and plan for your holiday trip, so hiring a professional takes that stress away from you as well.
By: Jim Pullman
Jim Pulman has extensive knowledge and experience in Home Building, Construction, and Design. He writes articles in his free time and partners with content creators to share his expertise with the online community.