How to keep your carpets and rugs clean and tidy.

If your rental has carpeted bedrooms or living spaces, you’ll understand how quickly your soft floors can get dirty.

But how your carpets and rugs fare has a lot to do with your daily habits and how you clean at home. Chances are you could be doing more to keep your carpet looking and smelling beautiful. Here are a few tips to help you navigate your carpeted spaces.

Always take your shoes off inside

If you want to keep your carpet clean, the number one rule is that shoes should come off when you walk in the door. Doing this one simple thing will ensure you don’t bring in dirt and debris from outside. If you want to go the extra mile, consider wearing socks! You could also pick out a pair of house slippers that you only ever wear indoors and around your home. These will help protect your carpet from any oils and dirt on your feet.

Invest in a good vacuum

When the budget is tight, it can be easy to throw a few dollars at a cheap vacuum. But if you have a lot of carpet in your rental property, it’s worth investing a few extra dollars on something better. Remembering to vacuum regularly is one of the best ways to care for your carpets, so make sure yours can get the job done.

Vacuum your home at least twice a week

Speaking of vacuuming, you want to ensure you’re doing it regularly. But frequency isn’t the only thing that matters here. The way you vacuum your carpets is also important. How much foot traffic does your carpet get? If you find any spots, go over each area multiple times. Don’t forget to vacuum in different directions to get as much debris and dirt out. 

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Carpet stains? Address them right away

Spills, food and pet stains can do a lot of damage to your carpet if you wait too long to deal with them. Be diligent about clearing up any carpet messes immediately to make sure your rugs and carpeting stay as clean as possible.

Make sure you’re cleaning your carpets properly

Keeping your carpets clean goes beyond basic vacuuming and cleaning up stains. There are other simple ways you can refresh your soft flooring. Everyday household items like vinegar, rubbing alcohol, baking soda, rosemary and cinnamon can help you clean your carpet and keep it free from mould.

Pick up some doormats for your main entrances

A simple way to protect your soft flooring is to make sure that you have a doormat where you (and your guests) can wipe their feet or shoes on before they come in. In winter this is especially important. Rain, mud and dirt from outside can make a huge mess!

Are you vacating your property? Check if you need to have the carpets professionally cleaned

You must leave your rental property in the same condition it was in at the start of your tenancy, apart from fair wear and tear. Depending on which state/territory you live in, having the carpets steam cleaned is not always a requirement. Many tenants believe (or are told) that they must steam clean the carpets when they vacate, but it’s not always the case.

Hot tip: Check your lease agreement for special terms. You may need to steam clean your carpet, or you might not, depending on the carpet’s condition when you moved in, and whether you have agreed to do it by signing your agreement. is Australia's largest company dedicated to renters and is owned and operated by ASX-listed Limited (RNT:ASX). For over 15 years, has exclusively focused on making renters' lives easier by making it easier to find a property, secure it, move in and pay rent.