Babies aren’t exactly pros when it comes to hygiene. That is why it’s extra important to keep your carpet clean. Children will crawl all over it with their faces inches from the surface, or pick things up from it to stick in their mouths, so you need to be vigilant against the dirt, germs, and bacteria which can infest your carpet. You already know you need to clean the carpet regularly, but here are some extra tips.
It seems like such an obvious answer, but make sure that outside remains outside by removing your shoes as soon as you enter the house. You should also provide mats outside of all entry-points to make sure that shoes are rubbed down prior to coming in – this will prevent insects from getting inside. Remind visitors to do that same – don’t be afraid to ask them! Just provide a rack so they know their shoes aren’t going to get trampled.
Keep it dry
Keeping your carpet free from contaminants is really only half the battle – it’s just as important to make sure that you don’t encourage the growth of bacteria by providing an ideal environment in which it can thrive. Any moisture provides an ideal setting for bacteria and mould to grow in, so keeping your carpet clean is crucial if you’re to properly protect your baby.
You’ll obviously need to make sure that all spills are cleaned up immediately – with as much wetness as possible drawn out of the carpet fibres. You can also open the windows after cleaning to ensure than minimal moisture is retained in the room itself.
Pay attention to pets
Pet owners are welcome to try to teach their cat or dog to rub their paws on the mat, but it’s probably not going to work. Cats like to come and go as they please, and dogs are exuberant when entering the house, so it can be tricky to keep them from tracking in contaminants.
The best thing to do is keep them within the entry-way or utility room before letting them back into the house itself. Use a cloth to gently wipe down their paws, then quickly check that there aren’t any insects on their coat.
Making sure your carpet is free of contaminants should be high on every parent’s list of priorities, and we hope these tips will make it easier.