Welcome, new homeowners! But before you start settling in, did you know that carpets can harbor more bacteria than toilet seats?

Even if you vacuum your home regularly, dirt, fungal pores, and skin particles can remain embedded in those carpet fibers. Not to mention, accidental spills and pet dander can add to the problem of keeping carpets pristine.

That’s why we’ve put together this guide of carpet cleaning tips for new homeowners. Read on to find out what professional cleaners recommend to keep your carpets looking their best.

1. Vacuuming Regularly

The first and most important step in carpet cleaning is to vacuum regularly. Vacuuming your carpets at least once a week is essential for keeping them free of dust, dirt, and other debris. A good quality vacuum cleaner can pick up the dirt and debris embedded deep in the carpet fibers, which can’t be removed with regular cleaning methods.

2. Spot Cleaning

For spot cleaning, start by blotting the affected area with the cloth, using gentle strokes. Then apply a carpet cleaning solution to the cloth and dab the affected area. This will help to break down the stain and make it easier to remove.

Once you’ve applied the solution, you should rinse the area with warm water and blot it dry with a clean cloth.

3. Clean Fresh Stains Immediately

Accidents happen, whether it’s coffee or a glass of wine, and the best way to treat these types of spillages is to clean them straight away.

Keep cleaning products like club soda and white vinegar on hand for these types of situations. Club soda can be poured directly onto the stain and blotted away, while vinegar can be diluted with water and used to clean in the same way.

4. Avoid Baking Soda

For tougher stains, it may be tempting to use baking soda, which is one of the most common ingredients that many people swear by. Although it might have good cleaning power, unfortunately, baking soda can damage vacuum cleaners by clogging the filters and the motor.

5. Professional Cleaners

For carpets that are heavily soiled or stained, you may want to consider hiring a professional carpet cleaning company. Professional cleaners have the knowledge and experience to get your carpets looking their best. They also have access to high-powered equipment and cleaning solutions that can tackle even the toughest stains.

More Carpet Cleaning Tips

By following these five essential carpet cleaning tips for new homeowners, you can ensure that your carpets are always in peak condition.

While cleaning is key to extending the life of your carpet, taking steps to prevent excessive staining in the first place can help cut the time spent on cleaning. So no shoes on the carpet, and apply a layer of carpet protector to help limit any future stains.

Need some more advice? Then don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our cleaning professionals here at Eco Clean Ellie’s, who are always on hand to help. Good luck and happy cleaning!