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How To Keep Carpet Clean In High Traffic Areas

Published November 10, 2023 by Green Kleaning Services, LLC

Why Should You Protect Your Carpet in High Traffic Areas?

An essential part of every home, carpets bring warmth, comfort, aesthetics, and in many cases safety from slips to our living areas especially when it comes to the elderly or rambunctious kids running around the house.

The wear and tear, however, are worst in high traffic areas such as the living rooms where people gather, carpeted stairs, as well as all the entrances of rooms that are carpeted throughout the house.

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This is where dirty shoes and constant walking create dirty pathways. From dirt tracked in by shoes to accidental spills from family members, keeping carpets in these areas clean can be a Herculean task.

Knowing how to keep carpet clean in high traffic areas is vital to maintain the overall life and beauty of your carpets. 

Some Easy Ways To Maintain Your Carpet

Consider the deployment of rugs and mats - Your first line of defense, acting as barriers that absorb the brunt of daily traffic.

'No shoes' policy - This further ensures that dirt and grime from the outdoors find no harbor in your cherished carpets. This can be a hard habit to get into but pays off big when you start to notice longer times between professional cleanings. On the other hand, bare feet can also affect how clean your carpet stays.

Moving furniture around - Getting your feng shui on from time to time also helps in maintaining your carpet. Preventing too much activity in certain areas once you've reconfigured your furniture allows for redirecting traffic to other areas of the carpet. This way the wear will not be noticeable in only some areas as your carpet starts to age.

Effortlessly Erase High Traffic Marks From Your Carpet

Carpet stains are the bane of any house proud individual. Unfortunately, high traffic areas are particularly prone to them.

Whether it’s a piece of chewing gum tracked in or a glass of red wine accidentally tipped over, stains can seem like the end of life for your carpet.

But fear not! Hard stains or not, removing stains is achievable with a trusty homemade cleaning solution.

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Vinegar and Baking Soda on Carpets

Baking soda is excellent for odor removal and aids in lifting spots as it is worked into the carpet. It is safe to use and won't harm the carpet fibers if used appropriately. Always remember to vacuum up all the residue to prevent buildup.

Many are skeptical about using vinegar along with baking soda on carpets. Vinegar, especially white vinegar, is safe for most carpets. It acts as a degreaser yet is gentle enough to dissolve stains effectively.

Craft Your At-Home Stain Remover: A Simple Solution for High Traffic Carpet Stains

This solution has saved me various times when I've run out of a particular product and I was at a client's house cleaning the carpet. It's amazing how simple products that are found around the house can help when in a pinch.

To dissolve most stains, mix two tablespoons of white vinegar (or more depending on the severity of the spot to be removed) with a cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Add a generous sprinkle of baking soda to the spot on the carpet.

Lightly spray on the stain and wait 10-15 minutes before vacuuming up completely. The chemical reaction from mixing these two products is remarkably effective at dissolving stains and removing dirt from your carpet fibers without leaving any residue.

Refresh Your Carpet By Deodorizing

Despite regular vacuuming, carpets can start to smell over time, especially in high traffic areas. There are various products on the market to help deodorize your carpet but something as simple as baking soda can go a long way.

Allow it to sit for half hour to an hour before vacuuming up. Not only can baking soda remove odors, but it also leaves a pleasant scent behind if mixed with essential oils.

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Solving Sticky Situations: How to Clean Carpet Oil Stains

Oil stains can be tough, but they're not invincible. Apply a liberal amount of baking soda onto the stain and let it sit overnight. Vacuum it up the next day. If the stain persists, use your trusty vinegar and water solution.

Dispelling Myths: DW 40 and Your Carpet Fibers

DW 40 is known for its stain removing prowess, but we at Green Kleaning Services, LLC do not recommend it for carpets. It can leave a greasy residue that attracts dirt, leading to even more stains in the future.

You are better off sticking with something simple like baking soda and vinegar, for a natural solution to avoid any issues with your carpet.

Your professional carpet cleaning service can give you some recommendations on what works well and is safe. Some products on the market for home use can be hit or miss so be careful.

You Don't Always Need A Professional Carpet Cleaner For Carpet Stains

Although a professional carpet cleaning company can do wonders and is recommended when it comes time to get a deep cleaning of your carpets, taking care of your floor coverings in the interim is not hard if you maintain certain routines to make sure they stay clean:

  • Regular vacuuming - Running a vacuum regularly through your carpet is not only helpful in picking up soil, dust, and dirt but can also be therapeutic as well. There is a calming effect created when you vacuum your carpet.

  • Prompt attention to spills - Always act swiftly with spills. The longer they stay, the harder they become to remove. Use a clean towel to blot the spill, working from the outside towards the center to avoid spreading the spot and turning it into a permanent stain. Never rub, as this can damage the carpet fibers as well as set the stain. For stubborn spots, use the homemade spray. Remember to do a patch test in a hidden area first just to make sure there are no issues.

  • Proper usage of a homemade solution - simple concoctions of baking soda, vinegar and even some dish soap can keep your carpet clean in high traffic areas.


Remember, it’s not just about cleaning, but also about protecting your carpets from damage.

Place rugs or mats in high traffic carpet areas to reduce wear and consider implementing a 'no shoes' rule in the house. Reconfiguring your furniture can help create a new aesthetic in your space and prevent over abusing certain areas with foot traffic and accidental spills. After all, a clean carpet is a matter of pride and joy in any home.

If you are uncertain of how to clean a stain or require an overdue deep cleaning of your carpets give Green Kleaning Services, LLC a call for a free estimate.


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