Don’t just vacuum when you notice things on your carpet. There are lots of invisible bits of dirt and debris that can build up on carpet fibers in just a short time. These include dust and even oils from your skin. Over time, this buildup can dull the look and luster of your carpet and cause the fibers to bend, causing that matted-down look. Try to vacuum every other day or every third day at a minimum. The more often you vacuum, the better your carpet will look.
Remove Shoes at the Door
You might be surprised at how much dirt and debris you bring in with your shoes. Even if you never step foot on the grass or dirt outside, the soles of your shoes pick up road and sidewalk debris. When you walk on carpet with your shoes, the fibers work to release that debris, which then gets embedded in your carpet. Make it a habit to take shoes off at the door. Make it easier to remember by placing a small shoe stand or shoe tree right by the front door. If you prefer wearing shoes at home instead of going barefoot, invest in a cute pair of house slippers. Just make sure never to wear the house slippers outdoors.
Take Care of Spills and Stains Immediately
If you see a carpet stain, take care of it right away. The longer it sits there, the higher the chances that you won’t be able to get it out. Remember never to rub a spill in. Instead, use a blotting motion with a clean, white cloth. Be sure to use a good carpet stain remover that’s designed for use with your carpet type. If you’re not sure about it, contact your apartment manager. Follow the instructions on the bottle, and you should be able to remove any carpet stain you encounter.