Plush, white carpets look luxurious and feel like walking on a cloud. While white rugs and wall-to-wall carpets are among the most glamorous floor coverings, they are also the most difficult to clean. With a little attention and a few tricks, anyone can keep white carpets pristine.
Foot traffic is the enemy of all carpet, especially white and light-hued rugs. Walking on carpet can turn it into a gray, mottled mess, especially in a city of busy as Manhattan. Urban sidewalks are notoriously filthy. It is easy to track grime indoors and onto carpets. You can’t avoid walking on your carpets, so how do you keep them clean?
The first part of the answer is to ban outdoor shoes from indoor spaces. Commit to putting on and taking off shoes in the entryway.
However, walking with bare feet is not the best way to keep white carpets gleaming either. Skin contains sweat and oils, which are easily transferred to carpet fibers leading to discoloration. Worse, moisture and oils can act like magnets for dirt and dust. To best protect white carpets, wear white socks or soft-soled slippers when walking on your floor coverings.
Unseen dust and dirt add up to dingy carpets if left alone. Daily vacuuming is a quick, easy way to maintain floor coverings. Beyond daily upkeep, thorough professional cleaning on a weekly or biweekly basis prevents dirt from settling deep between carpet fibers and will keep rugs looking their best. In addition, white carpets should be steam cleaned two to four times a year, depending on the foot traffic in the room. While it is possible to rent carpet cleaning systems, this is a task best left to the pros. Professional carpet cleaning, with eco-friendly products, extracts grime from the carpet fibers and the underlying pad.
Even with the most loving attention, white carpets can fall victim to mishaps. Splashed wine, fumbled finger foods or pet accidents can cause permanent stains if they aren’t attended to quickly and correctly. Before liquids have time to soak in, use a white cloth to blot up excess fluid. Then, use a mix of cool water and mild detergent with a clean, white cloth to dab until the stain is gone. Finally, rinse with clean water to remove all leftover soap and allow the area to dry. Most importantly, never scrub or rub, as this can force the stain deep into carpet fibers. With the crisis adverted, call a professional cleaner to request a complete cleaning.
From spur-of-the-moment stains to daily upkeep and regular deep cleaning, Keep It Up has the experience, know-how and eco-friendly products to keep your white carpets pristine and luxurious.