Carpets are soft and perfect for babies who are starting to crawl around and explore the world around them. But carpets can also be quite dirty, trapping mold and fungus and bacteria that can potentially harm your child as they crawl around. While pre-baby you may have been able to dump some powerful cleaning chemicals into your carpet, these are also potentially dangerous to young children, which is why you need some baby-safe carpet cleaning strategies. Here are a few tips on how to keep your carpets clean and your baby safe all at the same time.
- Get Preventative
Major carpet cleanings need to happen every once and awhile, but preventative maintenance can help stave off the need for harsh carpet cleaning chemicals. Keeping carpets relatively clean is easier with doormats and a house rule to take your shoes off at the door. Regular vacuuming is also essential for regular maintenance of your carpets, and you should do it twice a week or whenever required. A strong vacuum with a HEPA filter will be very effective in eliminating dust mites and other contaminants trapped in your carpets.
Another major way to keep your carpets clean is regular carpet steaming. For households with young children or pets, it’s recommended that you steam clean your carpets every six months. It’s the best way to eradicate bacteria and other dangers in your carpets, and it can be done without the use of powerful chemicals.
- Make Sure Carpets Stay Dry
Soggy, wet or even damp carpets can become breeding grounds for mildew, bacteria and mold, all of which are not healthy for your baby. Keeping your carpet dry is essential for keeping them clean. So, when you have to wet wash it, be sure to open some windows for the air circulation, or put on some fans to speed up the drying process.
- Stick to Home Cleaning Solutions
Powerful carpet cleaners are useful, but most carpet stains and messes can be cleaned with dish detergent, vinegar, club soda, or even just warm water. Stick to home cleaning solutions for messes to help ensure your baby doesn’t accidentally come in contact with something that can harm them, like an industrial carpet cleaning chemical.
- Look at Labels
Not all carpet cleaners are dangerous to your baby. In fact, some are specifically designed to be baby-safe. Just be sure to read the label before you buy anything. Terms like “hazardous to your health,” “poison,” “danger,” “irritating,” “corrosive,” “highly flammable,” “highly combustible” and “strong sensitizer” are not good for your baby and should be avoided.
Keeping your baby safe when they start crawling around can be a challenge, but your carpets don’t have to be part of the problem. By cleaning them regularly, sticking to home remedies for cleaning, keeping them dry and regularly steam-cleaning, you can have pristine carpets that your baby will love to crawl around on.
For your carpet cleaning needs, be sure to contact the experienced professionals at AmSteam.