In your home, there are several high-traffic areas that can explicitly be shown through the state of your carpet. The area right by your door is one, but your stairs come in at a close second. They need to be cleaned from time to time, but there are situations where you cannot call out the professionals to do it. So, to bridge the gap between cleanings, here are a few, fool-proof tips to getting a great clean on your carpeted stairs every time.
One of the biggest differences between the carpet you have in your living room and the carpet you have on your stairs is that dirt is much more likely to sink into the carpet on the stairs. Think about it: people will push their feet down into the carpet to get leverage for the next step, and along with it, they are pushing whatever is on the bottom of their shoe deep into the fibers. Disgusting, isn’t it?
Well, there’s no need to worry, so long as you adhere to some simple tips. First, we recommend using some sort of rake, whether it be a stiff broom or a scrub brush or something of the sorts, to rake out all of the dirt lodged beneath the fibers. Trust us, there is a whole lot more than you may think. Then, go over with a vacuum, being sure to take your time. Start at the top of the stairs and work your way down, so you’re not stepping directly on what you just cleaned.
If you must, apply a commercial cleaning shampoo, but do so sparingly. There are some chemicals in some of the shampoos that can cause damage to your carpet if not handled properly, so please exercise caution. Our opinion? Leave the chemicals and additives to the pros, especially to those who have been licensed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration.
Cleansing your carpeted stairs doesn’t have to be a difficult chore; you can do it quickly and efficiently with some simple tips. In no time, you’ll have your stairs looking great, definitely good enough to last you until the next cleaning.
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