Your living room with a carpet on the floor and without one isn’t the same. Carpets are decorative elements of every house and in order to “do their job”, they have to be clean. Maintaining a carpet isn’t easy as it sounds. It doesn’t matter if you have an oriental rug or some other kind of carpet, cleaning is a hard work that has to be done carefully and slowly. There are people that call themselves professional carpet cleaners and oriental rug cleaners. My opinion is that they just have more experience than you and nothing else. Therefore, carpet cleaning can be learned. This “manual” will cover some of the basics when it comes to carpet cleaning.
Vacuuming is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about cleaning carpets and it’s definitely the easiest one. Vacuuming should be done once or twice a week no matter if your carpet looks dirty or not. If you own a pet, even more often. Before vacuuming, make sure that there aren’t any coins or toys that could be vacuumed. If it’s possible, move the furniture so you can reach every part of carpet easily. In order to get nice and clean carpet after vacuuming, try to vacuum not just vertically or horizontally, but in both directions.
Although vacuuming is quite decent cleaning technique, it cannot remove stains or some kinds of deeper dirt. In order to clean stains from your carpet, you’ll have to perform “spot cleaning”. You know those kinds of ads where a guy tests some kind of cleaning product on carpets or oriental rugs? That’s exactly what you have to do here. Grab a clean cloth, get a carpet cleaning product and get to work. Although water will do the job in many cases, if the stain on your carpet is older age you’ll have to buy some chemical product. There are a vast number of detergents and many of them are eco-friendly, so go and pick one to get the job done easier. After you “treat” the stain with detergent, you should do the same thing with water so the detergent doesn’t stay at the carpet and possibly poison your pet.
There is a kind of a myth out there that shaving cream is the best for any kind of stain on your carpet. If you don’t have anything else, give it a shot. It may work.
Some kind of dirt cannot be removed from carpet easily. That’s the case with gums. In this case, professionals recommend that you take an ice cube and try to freeze it. That helps with removing the gum, since it cannot be removed by rubbing or even with detergents.
Even if you take care of your carpet and clean it regularly, you have to “deep clean” it every once in a while. There are people out there who do this for money, so contacting them isn’t such a bad idea. If you have an oriental rug in your house, some of the methods mentioned here shouldn’t be applied, but oriental rugs aren’t the topic here.