One of the best and easiest ways of adding to the aesthetic beauty and charm of your home is by laying down a gorgeous carpet. A good quality carpet is not only beautiful and soft but also allergen-free. Carpets instantly add a luxurious quality to the interior of your home, and anything that’s luxurious comes at a price. A carpet makes for an expensive purchase and it is important that you do not take it for granted and take proper care of it to keep it looking new, attractive and make it last long.
Caring for your carpet at home would mean protecting it from a lot of threats, the two biggest of them being the kids and the pets. Both have a knack for being mischievous and running amok around the house without a care for what comes in their way. You need to be extra cautious and take necessary measures to make sure that the valuable carpet stays out of harm’s way. In this post, we would be suggesting a few tips and tricks that you can put into practice to protect your carpet from your little sloppy monsters and keep it looking as good as new.
Protecting Your Carpets from Kids
Set Up a Separate Play Area
One of the most effective ways of keeping the kids away from the precious carpet while playing or engaging in art work is by designating another special area for such activities. It makes sense to assign another room altogether for these activities, so that you and your children don’t have to worry unnecessarily about colour spills and toy-related damage to the carpet. If dedicating a separate room is not an option, then you could set up a specific area in your house away from the carpet, where the kids can do their fun things.
Set Some Ground Rules
It is easier to work with children if you just set some dos and don’ts for them and make sure that they follow them. Make some stringent rules regarding what sort of activities are not to be carried out on or around the carpet at any time. A list of the don’ts could include activities such as eating, running, playing, walking with shoes on, and so on.
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Hide and Seek
Encourage your children to inform you of any spills and stains caused by them immediately, rather than hide them from you. This way you would be able to get rid of the stains before they dry up and set in. Reward them for informing you, rather than punishing them for causing the spillage, so that you’re able to inculcate this habit in them.
Cover/wrap up the carpet with a pretty plastic table cloth or just a plain transparent plastic sheet. That way you can avoid spills and stains from affecting your carpet’s splendour and cleaning the plastic sheath would also be easier and less time consuming than cleaning the carpet as such.
Involve the Kids in Cleaning It
Get your kids used to the idea of keeping the carpet clean by involving them in the cleaning process. This way they will subconsciously acknowledge that the carpet is precious and will avoid damaging it. Make vacuuming the carpet seem like a fun activity that you do together, rather than just another mundane chore to involve them in this activity. Do this frequently to keep your carpet looking neat and clean.
Protecting Your Carpet from Pets
Use Pet Deterrent Sprays
These sprays are easily available at most pet stores. All you need to do is clean up the carpet and spray some of this odour-free formula on it. It’s odour-free for the human nose, but your dog’s super sensitive nose will detect it and as a result the dog will avoid going anywhere near your carpet.
Your pet just loves to prance around on your lovely carpet, doesn’t he? A good idea to discourage him from doing so is by simply placing an electric mat under the carpet. These battery-operated mats are easily available at pet stores and are used as more of a training device rather than a permanent solution. What this mat will do is give your pet a gentle shock every time he steps on the carpet. The shock won’t harm him in any way, but just alarm him from stepping into that area in future. Let this continue for a couple of weeks and then take off the mat. Don’t be surprised if you find your pet refusing to loiter anywhere near your carpet.
Clean It Up
So your pet did it again? Relieved himself on his favourite spot on your carpet? You cannot depend on regular cleaners to get rid of the stains and the stench. Even if you do manage to make your carpet smell divine with household cleaners, your pet’s nose might still be able to detect the stink. What you need to do in such cases is get your hands on an enzymatic cleaner as these liquids are specially formulated to disintegrate the enzymes from your pet’s urine. Once the carpet is cleaned up, spray on some of the above mentioned pet deterrent spray to keep him from coming back to it.
If you have a pet who loves to scratch the same area on your carpet over and over again, then there are simple home remedies that you can employ to counter that problem; one of them being spraying some vinegar over that particular area. Most pets do not like vinegar, so this trick is bound to keep them at bay from the carpet.
The above-mentioned tips are sure to help you manage your carpet’s attractiveness and longevity and will leave you with a cleaner and healthier carpet. However, these are a few general tips that might help you. For more complicated carpet problems, it is recommended to hire a professional Singapore carpet cleaning company, from time to time, to clean up your carpet.
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