I try to keep my bedroom neat and tidy most of the time (“try” being the operative word here), but tidiness doesn’t always equal cleanliness. I’ve learned the hard way that even if something looks clean, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is clean! And there is one item in particular in our bedrooms that is probably not as clean as we’d like to believe!
So what’s the culprit? The carpet! Fun Fact: carpet can hold up to one pound of dirt per square foot and still appear clean. Okay, so that’s less of a “fun fact” and more of a “highly disturbing fact!” But it just goes to show that your bedroom carpet may need more attention than you’d think. And it’s not just dirt that’s getting trapped in those fibers either. Your bedroom carpet is also a magnet for hair, dead skin cells, and other organic matter. Bacteria and dust mites would consider that a feast, which should tell you just how important it is to keep your bedroom carpet clean!
Today I’ll be sharing a few simple tips that will help you get your bedroom carpet clean AND help you keep it that way! So let’s get started, shall we? :-)
4 Tips For Keeping Your Bedroom Carpet Clean
1. Use A Good Vacuum
In order to get all the hair, dead skin, and dirt out of your carpets, you need to use a good vacuum. But a “good” vacuum doesn’t necessarily have to cost an arm and a leg! The main features you’re looking for are strong suction and a motorized brush. Aim to vacuum your bedroom carpet at least once a week, or more often if necessary.
If you’re looking for a good vacuum that’s both portable and easy to use, I really like my Shark ION Rocket vacuum. It’s lightweight and cordless, but plenty powerful enough to pick up tons of dirt and dust from my carpets. I also like that I can use it as a handvac to clean my blinds and furniture!
2. Get Your Carpets Cleaned
In addition to vacuuming, it’s also important to get your bedroom carpet professionally cleaned. Most carpet manufacturers recommend getting your carpets steam cleaned about once a year. Not only will this help keep your carpet cleaner, but it will actually help extend its lifespan too.
If hiring a professional isn’t in your budget, you can always do it yourself! You can rent a carpet cleaner machine at many grocery, big box, and home improvement stores. Pair it with your own carpet cleaner solution. The rentals are typically pretty inexpensive, and while the results might not be exactly as good as a professional cleaning, it would still be well worth your time and money!
3. Opt For Hard Floors
The easiest way (by far!) to deal with dirty bedroom carpet is to simply get rid of it! ;-) Replacing carpet with hard floors isn’t an option that would work for everyone, but it’s certainly worth considering! Hard floors are so much easier to keep clean because dirt and grime stay on the surface. Without carpets, regular sweeping and mopping would be all you need to keep your bedroom floors looking great!
4. Add Some Area Rugs
And finally, the last approach I want to mention for keeping your bedroom carpets cleaner is to add an area rug or two to the room. You can use area rugs on either hard floors or carpets, and they’ll act as a barrier that will help keep dirt from getting ground into the fibers of your carpet. Then once a week or so, you can just toss the rug(s) into your washing machine to clean them. Your carpets will stay much cleaner if you add area rugs into the mix!
How do you keep the carpet in your bedroom clean?