Thank you to Bissell for providing me with a carpet cleaner and cleaning products for review. All the opinions expressed in the blog post are honest and 100% my own, based on personal experiences with the products.
The carpeted areas in our home tend to need frequent upkeep to keep them looking their best. There are several things you can do to help keep carpets cleaner, longer…even if you have pets. The good news is that most of them do not require extra effort on your part. Making a few minor changes in your home and habits can make a major difference in the cleanliness level. It may take a little time to learn new habits, but you will notice the results, fast!
If you have indoor pets (especially dogs), your carpets will need to be cleaned more frequently. Read on for even more special tips for pet owners that will reduce the amount time they have to spend cleaning the carpet.
1. Put rugs on both the outside and the inside of entryways to your home.
Most of the dirt that enters our home comes in on our shoes. Minimize the amount of dirt brought into your home by placing rugs both outside and inside every entrance. Rugs will catch dirt and give people a place to wipe their feet.
2. Make a “No Shoes in the House” Rule.
If you really want to cut down on tracked-in dirt, make a “No Shoes in the House” Rule. This really works at my house. I even trained the kids to take off their shoes before walking into the house. Now they no longer bring in mud, dust, dirt, snow, etc. I have a basket next to our front door where everyone can put their shoes.
3. Vacuum as often as possible.
Homes with high traffic, children and pets will need daily vacuuming.
4. Invest in a home carpet cleaning system.
Buying a carpet cleaner will save you money in the long run vs hiring a professional carpet cleaner two to three times per year. Owning a carpet cleaner is also convenient for the times you need to shampoo a small area or room. You can quickly pull your unit out and get the job done.
The best carpet cleaner for Pet Owners is one with specialized pet cleaning features. I have a dog, so I like to clean with the BISSELL ProHeat 2X Select Pet Cleaning System. This easy-to-use carpet cleaning machine has a built-in heater to heat tap water 25 degrees warmer in order to maximize cleaning power.It also has a rotating brush that lifts the dirt your pet tracks in from your carpet. The Deep Reach Pet Tool helps you clean pet stains from stairs, upholstery and other hard-to-reach places. I have had many major successes at lifting stains completely out of my carpet.
5. Protect carpets against future stains by using deep cleaning treatment.
I shampoo my carpets using BISSELL deep cleaning formulas with Scotchguard. The Scotchguard adds a layer of protection to your carpet so when the kids spill something or the dog tracks in mud, it is protecting from stains.
The first time I used my Bissell carpet cleaner, I was not even trying to get the horrible stain (pictured above, left photo) out of the carpet. The stain had been there for months, and I assumed it would be there forever. I shampooed the carpet like normal (without even using a stain pre-treatment) and was immediately WOW’d by the results. The stain is barely visible in the second photo. I love that I can get professional results cleaning my carpets with a BISSELL carpet cleaner.
Helpful tips for pet owners to keep carpets cleaner:
Limit the number of areas where you allow your pets to roam indoors.
You will spend less time cleaning the carpets if pets are restricted to certain areas.
Protect your carpet with area rugs or runners.
If your pet has an accident on the rug, it will be easier to clean up a rug than the carpet.
Brush your pet’s hair outside, not indoors.
Brushing your pet outside prevents shedding indoors on carpet and furniture.
Wipe your pet’s paws with a towel before letting them come inside.
Clean your pet’s paws before they come inside to prevent them from bringing in dirt.
Most carpets need a deep cleaning every 6 months. Regular carpet cleaning will help carpets stay looking newer for longer. It also helps reduce the number of allergens in your home. Check out the complete line of BISSELL vacuum cleaners, carpet cleaners and supplies at www.Bissell.com
How often do you vacuum your carpets? How often do you deep clean your carpets? Do you have any tips for how to keep carpets cleaner, longer? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.