Carpet Cleaning on a Budget

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated August 11, 2014)


As you enter the world of adulthood, you enter so many different areas of responsibility and one of those is home ownership. Home ownership doesn't start and end with the mortgage payments, but rather continues on with all of the upkeep and maintenance of the house. By upkeep and maintenance, I mean the cleaning of the house and the efforts needed to keep the place looking nice and well cared for.

One of the things you need to consider when it comes to cleaning your house is not only the regular dusting and vacuuming, but also the carpet cleaning. Now, you don't need to clean the carpet every week like you may need to clean your bathroom, but when you do clean your carpets, you need to make sure that it's done well and you also want your carpet cleaning to not wipe out your entire budget. If you need clean carpets and are struggling with your finances, here is how to have clean carpet while still on a budget.

Carpet cleanings are not necessarily inexpensive and they shouldn't be expected to be inexpensive. Carpet cleaning is intense work and takes up a lot of time, so it's only expected that it's not exactly cheap. There are a variety of carpet cleaning services out there, so when you're actually choosing your carpet cleaner or carpet cleaning provider, take your time and do your research so you can find the best product or service at the best price. After you settle on a service or company, then the budget part comes into play. Because you do need to deep clean your carpets and because it will always be a little bit pricey, you work with a budget by keeping your carpet in good condition all the time, so you don't have to deep clean it often.

Prevention is the key to keeping your carpets clean on a budget and here are the things you need to keep in mind and implement as you keep your house clean.

  • Eating. Don't allow routine eating in the areas in your house with carpet. Keep eating limited to the kitchen or dining areas; this way you can better prevent food spilling on or getting stuck in the carpet, necessitating more visits from the carpet cleaner. This is the best way to prevent carpet disasters, and while your kids may not be too thrilled about this at first, you will definitely be glad when your carpet can stay clean between deep cleanings.
  • Act. When spills happen, food drops, or mud from shoes is stomped into the carpet, you need to act immediately. Grab some of that carpet spot remover found in any house cleaning aisle, and scrub until the spot is gone. You don't want the offender to become any more lodged into the carpet, so when something happens, act fast, thus preserving the cleanliness of your carpet longer.
  • Carpeting. If you have especially light colored carpet or dirt prone carpet, have people take off their shoes when they come inside the house. To preserve the carpet's cleanliness, you can actually do a lot by simply taking shoes out of the picture. Also, if you have a pet, you'll want to keep your pet away from carpeted areas as much as possible. While this may not be entirely possible, minimize the contact your pet has with your clean carpet if you're significantly concerned.
  • Frugality. If cleaning the carpet really isn't financially feasible for you, then there are a couple of other options. You can invest in your own carpet steam cleaner, but this can also be expensive. One easier solution (especially if you're just getting into the home-buying game) is to rent for a while. Depending on your lease, it may be your landlord's responsibility to clean the carpet, and so if money is especially tight, then take that particular burden off of your shoulders.

Having clean carpet on a budget definitely is possible, and just takes a little bit of extra effort to minimize the frequency of when you get your carpets cleaned. If you're successful, you'll only have to pay to have your carpet cleaned once every year or two. By implementing these simple tips, you'll be saving yourself money and enjoying clean carpet!

Author Bio

Charlotte Wood


Coloring Your Hair

Hair coloring has been around for decades and is still going strong in the hair fashion world. It's fun and gives you a ...

Discover More

Debt Consolidation Loans

Debt is always a sticky situation and one that is hard to fix. There are ways though and one of the remedies is a debt ...

Discover More

Successful Long-Term Investing

Investing for long term success is a skill that needs to be honed and constantly tweaked. You can be successful, but need ...

Discover More

The Power of Microfiber! Zwipes Microfiber Cleaning Cloths will become your favorite tool for every cleaning task. This 36-cloth package is perfect for hundreds of uses in the garage, kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and all around the house. Each cloth is tough, streak-free, lint-free, reusable, and washable. Check out Microfiber Cleaning Cloths today!

More Cleaning Tips

Removing Dog Smell from Carpets

Dog odors stick in carpets more than anything else in the home. If the smell is from accidents an enzyme spray applied ...

Discover More

Green Carpet Cleaning

Green carpet cleaning is a way to clean your carpets without exposing yourself to harsh chemicals. There are also some ...

Discover More

Freshen Your Carpet with Ammonia

To give your carpet a quick lift, apply a solution of water and ammonia. Make sure to let the ammonia dry completely ...

Discover More

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.


If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is four less than 8?

2017-08-15 22:29:19


Keeping my dog away from my carpeted areas is impossible unless she stays in my bathroom or little teeny doorless kitchen because I live in an apartment with carpet throughout except in the two aforementioned places. Well, I'll figure a way, even if it means vacuuming five times a day. If she has an accident, I know how to clean it up. I've done it.

Newest Tips

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.