It’s summertime and the living’s easy…for people that is. For your carpet, not so much. In the summer, we ride bikes, frolic in the grass, swim and hike. But when the sun goes down and it’s time to retreat inside for the evening, we bring with us bike-chain grease, grass stains, wet feet and dirty hiking boots.
What if you could have a fun time in the sun and clean carpet this summer? If you’re willing to put forth the effort and take our advice, then keeping your manufactured home carpet clean in the summer should be no problem!
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Steps to Keep Your Manufactured Home Carpet Clean
1. Throw In the Mat, Not the Towel
First things first, you should take the preventative measures. One easy way to stop stains before they ever even set is by placing welcome mats that are designed to grab the dirt from your shoe’s outsole at each entrance of your home.
These ribbed mats come in many different textured patterns that help chuck the mud from your feet when you wipe them. Check out some of the best welcome mats for trapping dirt.
If you or your kids foresee a lot of a muddy tennis shoes and hiking boots this summer, then it may be good to go ahead and invest in a heavy duty mat.
2. Suck it Up
Another key to maintaining your carpet is routinely sucking up dirt with your vacuum. Make a habit of vacuuming high-traffic living spaces that are liable to see dirt and grass throughout the summer months. In doing so, you will prevent stains by lifting objects before they have the possibility of being rubbed in.
3. Get A Routine Professional Cleaning
If you’re worried your carpet may be at the point of no return, you can get it professionally steamed by a team of certified carpet cleaners or you can even rent a steamer and do it on your own.
A deep cleaning should be done every 12 to 18 months, as directed by your homeowner’s manual. A deep steam cleaning would involve applying a cleaner to the surface of the carpet and then using water to extract it after it has set in.
I recommend you do this at the end of the summer when the days of dirt and mud-tracking are behind you.
3. Swiftly Attack Stains
Possibly the most important thing to remember when preserving your home’s carpet is to clean up a mess as soon as it happens. Accidents are going to happen but managing a spill or accident when it occurs is absolutely key to prevent stains from setting in. Keep a trusted carpet remover handy for when this occurs.
Each carpet stain should be treated differently depending on if it’s water, tannin, oil or protein based. For example, water-based stains from sodas and fruit are much easier to clean. They only require a little warm water and some dishwashing detergent.
In contrast, protein-based stains require much more effort and if treated with warm water, the stain could set forever.
For more information on the different types of stains and how to treat them, download our Guide to Household Carpet Cleaning!
Topics Home Maintenance