Tips for Keeping Carpet Clean with a Toddler

Toddlers and carpet don’t typically make a great pairing. In fact, the two together can be the things nightmares are made of, both because of the havoc a toddler can wreak on carpet and vice versa.

Because your toddler spends so much time on the floor, you’ll want to make sure you’re protecting them both.

Preventative Measures

Try to keep your carpet as clean as possible with a few simple steps. To prevent dirt, germs and chemicals from being tracked into your home, keep doormats at entrances so everyone can wipe their feet before coming inside. Even better, take a cue from Asian culture and have everyone take off their shoes as they come inside. If walking around barefoot inside your home doesn’t feel comfortable, keep a pair handy strictly for indoor use.

Vacuum your carpet regularly to control dust, dust mites and allergens. Investing in a good vacuum cleaner will ensure that you’re cleaning deep into the fibers where dirt gets trapped.

Keeping Your Carpet Clean

Clean up spills right away by blotting first with a paper towel or absorbent cloth. Don’t rub. Rubbing can damage the carpet fibers and set in the stain. Make sure to soak up as much liquid as possible to prevent mold and bacteria growth.

Stain Removal

For non-toxic, toddler-safe stain removal try club soda for red wine or coffee spills; cornstarch or baking soda for grease; salt for mud or wine; and for melted wax lay a paper towel or rag over the wax and press it with an iron. The paper towel absorbs the melted wax. Just be sure you set your iron on a lower setting so you don’t burn your carpet.

Call a Professional

For tough stains or additional cleaning for your carpet, check with local carpet companies to see if they offer non-toxic carpet cleaning methods that are safe for your toddler.

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