Carpets can be great solutions to flooring, especially if you have small children. Though there are a lot of perks to having carpet, like natural insulation, soft padding, and variety of styles, carpets are also prone to a lot of bad things too. From loads of hidden bacteria to potential water damage, carpets require some extra steps in their maintenance that other types of flooring do not require. This doesn’t mean that you should get rid of your carpets. In fact, if you have children or pets, carpet is encouraged because it helps lower the risk of potential injury. Just be aware of the extra precautions you must take when it comes to having a carpet floor.

Let’s go over some of the biggest trouble areas and how to get the best quality out of your carpets.

Smelly Carpets

The biggest complaint people have is that their carpets start to smell over time. This could be caused by a variety of reasons, from water damage to animal accidents. The hardest part of carpets is locating the source of the smell. The bad smell is most likely caused by mold/mildew that has grown within your carpet. This is a really bad sign, because that could ruin your home structure. These molds and mildew could also cause or make respiratory problems worse in your family, yourself or anyone in the household

A number one cause of bad smells is pet vomit or urine–sometimes cats and dogs can take to going to the toilet in the home, resulting in smelly wet carpets. Your best bet is to go to a pet trainer and get your carpets professionally cleaned.

 Wet Carpets

If your carpet is wet, this could mean the end for your floors. But don’t fear. Before you call it an end, there are some things that you can do to fix it. Leave all your windows and doors wide open to ventilate the house. A dehumidifier will save your life because it works to suck the moisture right out of the carpet. Vinegar is an all-natural solution that helps with so many different problemsand this includes wet carpets. Spraying vinegar with water in your carpet will help remove the bacteria that developed on the damp carpet so that it cannot turninto mold/mildew. These are the things you should do right away, but they are not all you need to do. It is extremely important to call a team of professionals, especially if the water damage is extensive. They will make sure that your carpet is repaired and shining like it had never encountered water in the first place. 

Old Carpets

Finally, the old carpet. A common issue that a lot of people don’t think about. The older the carpet, the more hidden bacteria and germs could be lying in wait to make you and your family sick. If your carpet is over 6 years old, it might be time to replace it. This is especially true if you bought the house or are renting a place that already has carpet. You don’t know what the previous owners spilt or did with it. There could be any number of different typesof disease waiting to strike. Inspect the carpet as soon as possible, before moving in furniture or even before purchasing if possible. This ensures that you aren’t getting yourself into any potential repairs that could have been avoided. Don’t worry if you don’t have the funds for a full replacement, maybe getting a deep clean could have the same effect. Dry cleaning acts to give your carpet a refresher and seem new. It isn’t the same as getting an entirely new carpet, but it will give the existing carpet some extra life