Cleaning your home's carpets is not just about making them look and smell fresh. Regular carpet cleaning removes dirt and stains from deep down in a carpet's fibers. This greatly extends the usable life of carpets.
All carpets should be professionally cleaned. However, there are many things you can do to lower the costs of keeping your home's carpets and rugs clean and looking great.
Here are some frugal tips:
Frugal Tip: Only Vacuum Once Each Week, Twice for Households with Pets
If you vacuum every day, not only are you needlessly spending a lot of time cleaning, but you are also:
- wasting expensive electricity
- prematurely wearing out your vacuum cleaner
- prematurely aging your carpets and rugs
You may believe daily vacuuming is keeping your carpets clean and protecting them, but it is actually just damaging their fibers.
A vacuum cleaner's roller brush beats carpet fibers to loosen dirt. When you vacuum every day, there isn't much dirt to shake loose, but the brush still beats up on the fibers as if there were. After a few years of this abuse, the carpet will prematurely wear out.
While households with pets need more frequent vacuuming to remove pet hair, houses without pets should only vacuum once each week.
Frugal Tip: Use a Squeegee to Quickly and Easily Remove Pet Hair
While it may seem strange, the best tool you can use to remove pet hair from carpet fibers is the same squeegee you use to clean your car's windows.
Rubbing the rubber side of a squeegee across the carpet pulls all of the pet hairs out of the carpet fibers.
This carpet cleaning technique is surprisingly fast, effective, and does not damage carpet fibers. And, if you already own a squeegee for your car, then you can do this for free.
Frugal Tip: Get Professional Carpet Cleaning Service Outside of Peak Times
As you can imagine, professional carpet cleaning companies are very busy in the spring and around all major holidays.
In the spring, home sellers are getting their homes ready to go on the market and homeowners are doing their deep "spring cleaning". Around the holidays, those hosting big gatherings are having their carpets cleaned so their homes look and smell fresh. To save money on your professional carpet cleaning services, opt to have your carpets cleaned outside of these two peak times.
Not only will it be easier to get an appointment, but often you will find sales and special offers when carpet cleaning businesses are slower and looking for new customers.
For more tips, contact a local carpet cleaning service such as Cactus Chem-Dry.