Dirt is always going to get its way into your house, no matter how hard we work, unfortunately. However, there are a few small things that you can do in order to minimize how much gets in to begin with. |
There will always be circumstances where children and pets track dirt into our living areas, this is not going to change unfortunately.
How could you stop that dirt to penetrate into your carpet. The sort that you never allow into your house in the first place. That dirt in its proper place – dirt that you don't have to clean up. It's much easier to head off a problem before it takes root, than to fix it after the damage is done.
So here's lots of advice on how to stop dirt in its tracks.
Keep dirt on the mat
Actually, what you want to do is stop the dirt in your tracks – specifically, on the soles of your shoes. There are other ways that dirt gets in – and in particular, you may be thinking of dirt that comes through the air and open windows – but what you bring in on your feet is of far greater significance.
So use doormats at every entrance to your home, inside and out. Most of the grime in your home comes from the outside, the bulk of it coming in unnoticed on shoes that don't appear to be either muddy or dirty.
In addition to the placement of entrance mats you may also find it helpful to have people remove their shoes upon entering your home. This regular cleaning will ensure that the excess irt will be non existant and therefore not transfered onto your carpet. Mats can actually help prevent mud from being tracked inside on rainy days. People entering the home can easily remove their shoes and leave them by the door, especially if you have set aside a special place to do it. If you have children hat go outside, put a place mat by the door.
Giving your dog a bath and keeping it's paws clean can help with the impossible task of keeping dirt out of your house.
Choosing the right doormat
Choosing the right doormat will reduce the time you spend cleaning and chasing down dirt. The key here is the size of your mat. For a mat to work thoroughly, it has to be longer than a typical stride. A mat should be long enough so that you can walk across with both feet before entering the house, with the width no wider than the door itself. So people coming into the house literally walk along it, shifting off dirt onto the mat as they do so.
Acrylic with either a vinyl or rubber backing is the best choice for an indoor mat as you'll be able to vacuum or shake it outside to get rid of the dirt. Buy one that will coordinate with your décor, but several shades darker. That way, it will hide the worst of the dirt. Mats for outside your door are usually made of rubber. If you live in the country, or have a driveway that gets very muddy, keep a wire rack underneath the mat. This will be handy if your family or guests need to scrape mud from their boots or shoes before they enter the house.
When you keep the dirt out, your carpet and home stay much cleaner for much longer. In order to get your carpet to last long, take great care of it.
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