keep carpet germ free

Carpets are a magnet for dirt and spills. Having clean and germ-free carpets means fighting many monsters like volatile organic compounds, moths, beetles, odors and toxins. Find out simple ways to combat these problems and keep your indoor environment healthy and hygienic.

Following these steps will also enhance the quality of your carpet and increase its lifespan.

  1. Making Greener Choices While Buying A Carpet:
    New carpets contain volatile organic compounds or VOCs, which come from the glues and adhesives used for attaching it to the floor. New carpets also contain adhesives, stain protectors, and mothproofing that can negatively impact your health. They create fumes that can cause headaches, runny eyes and nose, and odors that can last for years. In addition, many new carpets are sprayed with flame retardants. Make healthier choices in carpets by buying one made of wool, which is naturally flame retardant, non-toxic, non-allergenic and deters bacterial growth.
  2. Keeping Your Carpet Germ-Free:
    Vacuum your carpet at regular intervals with a good quality vacuum cleaner. It is recommended to get it cleaned professionally twice a year. Spring and summer are the best seasons to do so, as beetles and bugs are most likely to sneak in during this time.
  3. Reduce Toxin Exposure:
    Keep a door mat at the entrance. This will block most of the germs and toxins from entering your house, which might get trapped in the carpet and disrupt health and hygiene.
  4. How To Remove Stains From The Carpet:
    If you stain your carpet, do not rub it harshly, as it can make the fibers weak and may even spread the stain. Instead, use household solutions to get rid of these stains easily. Greasy stains can be removed using baking soda, corn starch or corn meal. Sprinkle any of these over the stain and let it stand overnight, then vacuum. Red wine stains can be gotten rid of with the help of carbonated water. Ice can prove helpful too; use a cube to harden glue and candle wax, then scrape off. White vinegar can help you with more stubborn stains. Mix one part vinegar in two parts water and apply on the stain. Then blot with a clean towel and repeat till the spot is clean.
  5. Keeping Your Carpet Odor Free:
    Use a good quality carpet freshener to keep it odor free. Better still, make a natural freshener at home.

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A graduate in English Literature, Shruti comes with a gamut of experience in academic freelance writing and television journalism. A strong believer of holistic living, she has always followed the mantra of “a healthy body and a happy mind”. Naturally then, it wasn’t long before she found herself inclined towards wellness and lifestyle. She now writes on these subjects in a professional capacity at Z Living. Her inherent curiosity about healthy living makes her a connoisseur of all things natural, and motivates her to share the knowledge through her writing.