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Carpets are a great way to add warmth and comfort to your home, but they can quickly become dirty if not taken care of properly. There are several factors that can lead to dirtier carpets that we’ll dive into here. Let’s discuss how each of these factors contributes to a dirty carpet, as well as providing tips on how you can prevent them from happening in the first place.

Wearing Shoes Around the House

Wearing shoes around the house can have a serious impact on the cleanliness of your carpets. As people walk around in their shoes, they are bringing in dirt, mud, and other debris that gets embedded in the carpet fibers and ground into the carpet. This can lead to unsightly stains and also cause wear and tear to the carpets over time. To prevent this from happening, it’s best to have a no-shoe policy in your home, or at least designate certain areas where shoes are allowed.

Having Pets

Animals generally don’t have the same focus on cleanliness that us humans do, and that can lead to some awkward situations and nasty carpets. Pets have a tendency to shed fur and dander, which gets into the carpet and can be hard to get out. Common pets like dogs need to go outside to do their business, but even well-trained pets can leave urine stains on your carpet by accident. And, when they come back inside from their bathroom break, they can track in mud, dirt, and other outdoor debris from their paws into the home. We’re not here to discourage you from getting a pet, but if you do, be aware that you’ll be cleaning your carpet more if you want to keep it nice.

Failing to Vacuum

Really, that holds true for everything that can make your carpet dirty; you have to clean it if you want it to look and feel good. The most common way of doing this is through vacuuming. When carpets are not vacuumed for a long amount of time, they can become a breeding ground for dirt, dust, and other debris. Microscopic particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and even bacteria can accumulate deep within the carpet fibers. Over time this buildup will not only cause your carpets to look dingy and matted, but it can also cause an increase in allergies and create allergic reactions or other health issues. Keep it clean, keep it healthy!

Carpet is a beautiful and popular flooring option for many reasons, but it’s important to remember that it does require some special care. Keep these considerations in mind as you plan what to do with your carpet, and you’ll be sure to enjoy it for years to come.

Check out this article on what to do when your carpets need work!

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