Have your steam carpet cleaned by professionals regularly. It is the best way to keep it smelling fresh and looking clean.
Buy a sturdy doormat. It will help decrease the amount of dirt and soil that people walk into your home or office on a daily basis.
If you spill something accidentally on your carpet, never scrub at it. This will just make the stain worse. Instead, just blot at it gently, as quickly as possible.
Never use an iron or hairdryer to try and dry a wet carpet. You will damage the carpet and seal the stain – permanently.
Vacuum weekly (and more often if you have children or pets). This will help prevent an accumulation of dirt and soil. Go over the floor in different directions – this will help collect more debris.
Rotate your rug regularly. This will help avoid uneven wear and tear. And remember to keep your rug out of direct sunlight – this will make its colors fade quickly.
If you use a spot remover, first put it on some white cotton, then apply it to the carpet or rug. Putting the spot remover directly on the fabric may cause the stain to become permanent.
To remove particularly stubborn mold and mildew stains from your carpet or rug, try using a lemon juice and salt solution, or some non-chlorinated bleach.
House-train your pets to try and reduce the chances of an unfortunate ‘accident’ on your carpet or rug.
If in any doubt, contact professionals. They will be able to fix the problem quickly and efficiently, and you’ll save yourself time, worry and, in the long run, money.