I can’t say I’m a huge fan of carpets – I definitely seek out apartments with hardwood floors or even laminate before going for the carpet. However, it’s not always avoidable and many great apartments come with carpeted floors. You may even prefer carpet to hardwood floors, which I won’t judge you too harshly for (I promise). One of my qualms with carpet is how dirty it gets, often unbeknownst to its owner. So if you are the proud renter of a carpeted place, keep these tips in mind.
Buy a vacuum – A decent one. You really can’t make do with anything else, so if you plan on staying in an apartment with carpets for any real length of time it’s one of the best things you can invest in. Spot treatment and those little rolly sweepers only go so far. Especially if you have any kind of dust or dander allergy, you will be thankful you did.
Get in the habit of using your vacuum regularly – Once a week or so is best for keeping little bits of food and debris from the outdoors up. If you have pets, think about how much pet hair is working its way into the little fibers in your carpet. Unless your apartment is massive, it takes a lot less time than you think to run the vacuum.
Spot treat – Stains should be blotted up as best as possible before applying cleaners. Do not rub them in! Use this Martha Stewart page to help find the right stain removal method for each kind of carpet and stain.
Rent a steam cleaner twice a year – If you’re lucky you may know someone who owns one you can hopefully borrow it, but otherwise you can rent one. It will be worthwhile to really deep clean your carpets. If you’re not confident in your steam cleaning abilities there are companies who can be hired to do it for you. Totally worth it so you can breathe easily in your apartment.
Always talk to your property manager before you bring in professional cleaners – they may have a preference or even require tenants to professionally clean the carpets before moving out.