Carpet is a soft and comfortable choice of flooring in the home. But if you own a dog or cat (or both), you’ll need to spend a little extra time cleaning and maintaining it. While all flooring types will attract pet hair and dander, carpet is particularly susceptible to this. So, what steps can you take as a pet owner to keep your carpet clean?
Natural stone floors bring a sort of organic beauty to your home that no other flooring material can duplicate. Whether slate, granite, marble, quartz, limestone or travertine, natural stone flooring is always stylish, whatever direction your tastes run — modern, traditional or rustic, etc. According to Better Homes and Gardens, their cool, hard surface is a natural choice for warm climates, and certain types of stone flooring are extremely practical for areas like kitchens, foyers or bathrooms. Their biggest asset though is their variation. No two pieces of stone are exactly alike, and the differences give them a depth that’s hard to match with anything else. Some considerations:
Having your floors, and particularly your carpets, professionally cleaned is more important than many homeowners believe. While regular vacuuming and spot-cleaning may keep your carpet looking clean, you may be surprised by the amount of dirt, allergens, and bacteria that can become trapped in your carpet that is not removed by vacuuming. If you do not currently have your carpets regularly cleaned, here are just a few of the reasons to consider professional carpet and floor cleaning.
Too often, homeowners and business owners will complain that the stench inside the home or property is unbearable, but they cannot figure out where it is coming from. Interestingly, one of the main reasons that homeowners or business owners spend a considerable amount of money on room fragrances is due to carpet and flooring that needs to be professionally cleaned. In addition, having a floor repeatedly cleaned with rental equipment by non-professionals can leave behind so much damage that the flooring needs to be cleaned by technicians to remove toxic molds.
Why your carpet stinks
Although there are many products on the market today that profess to clean your carpets with a thorough shampooing “just like a professional,” they do not tell potential buyers that there is one major drawback to these types of vacuum cleaners. Mainly, there simply is not enough juice in these types of devices to actually remove all of the dirty water from the padding under carpet. Instead, there may be a significant improvement at the surface level, but there are many layers underneath that are still filthy and sopping wet. This becomes evident when you walk across a carpet that has been recently cleaned and it is still very damp or leaves behind a wet footprint. Sadly, carpet that is wet is only going to smell bad.