There are two rules in our family to help us stay ahead of the dirt and crumbs on our floors and carpet.
I’ve been a long-time reader of Simple Mom, and one of her early posts was about taking your shoes off at the door before you go in the house. Readers shared strong opinions in the comments!
We take our shoes off. We haven’t always, but the near-white carpet in our new apartment made us want to start doing it. It is effective to keep the floors clean, and we like wearing our slippers around the house.
(Although I take my shoes off, I don’t ask our guests to do so if they aren’t accustomed to it. I’d rather have a little bit of dirt tracked inside than make a guest feel uncomfortable in my home, since it’s not a standard practice here in the U.S.)
We’ve noticed another habit that has significantly reduced the number of spills, spots, splotches, and noticeable stains on the carpet.
It’s one of our most important rules for household upkeep:
Not on the couch.
Not in the bed.
Not in front of the computer.
Not in the living room.
Food stays at the table.
I sincerely encourage you to make this rule in your family, unless you like kneeling down to scrub the carpet.
But what if the carpet is already dirty?
If your carpet has bad odors, sprinkle baking soda generously over the carpet and then sweep it in with a broom. Let the baking soda sit overnight to absorb the odors, and then vacuum it up the next day.
For spills and spots, first soak up new liquid spills with a towel. Then try to clean the spot with a towel and plain hot water. If you need to use carpet cleaner, be sure to rinse thoroughly to remove residue which attracts more dirt. An oxygen cleaner like OxiClean removes stains, but this should be rinsed well too so that the spot doesn’t end up lighter than the rest of the carpet.
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