Extending the life of your carpet.
Carpets are still a popular choice of flooring, even with a lot of hard floor options available today. It feels soft to the touch and padding can be added to make it even more comfortable for your feet. However, it does need a bit more TLC than smoother floors to maintain that same new look it had when first installed. Here are 7 tips to make your household carpet or area rugs last longer.
1. LEAVE YOUR SHOES AT THE DOOR
The quickest way to make carpeting look dirty and worn down is to track dirt and grime in from outdoors. No matter how much you clean off your shoes you will still have some residual dirt particles on them which will undoubtedly end up mashed down into the carpet fibers. Make sure your family members and visitors take their shoes off as soon as they enter your home to avoid this. Have a nice and inviting welcome mat to hopefully give everyone the idea that this is expected behavior without having to actually say it.
2. VACUUM AT LEAST TWICE A WEEK
Keeping your carpets clean is only possible with vacuuming on a regular basis. Active homes should strive to do this at least twice a week, especially if pets are living there as they tend to shed often. For these households, canister vacuums are great choices as they have many attachments for just about any type of flooring. Try to find one with fully sealed HEPA filtration and preferably removable dust bags that seal up upon removal. This will keep those tiny dirt particles from escaping back into the air.
3. DO NOT LET DIRECT SUNLIGHT SHINE ON IT OFTEN
While sunlight has many benefits for the body it can do damage to the appearance of any carpet, especially darker colored fibers. Try to keep the shades or blinds closed as the sun is rising or setting to avoid any direct rays from contacting the fibers of the carpet. You don’t want any light or faded spots showing up as this will really put a damper on your flooring investment.
4. CLEAN UP PET MESSES AND STAINS IMMEDIATELY
Before any stain has a chance to set in it is recommended to clean it up thoroughly from any surface. If you have the opportunity to do this right away it will be easier but even if the stain has been there a while you can use other methods for removing it. Wikihow recommends using vinegar for those really difficult stains that have become entrenched down in your carpets. Pets are notorious for leaving difficult stains so quick action can really save your rugs.
5. SHAMPOO THE CARPET AT LEAST ONCE PER YEAR
Keeping your carpets clean is a common theme here and the best way to do this is to annually shampoo them with a specialty cleaner. You can either rent a commercial grade machine or purchase a residential carpet shampooer. Just be sure to vacuum thoroughly before using it so the dirt doesn’t clog up the cleaning machine. You won’t believe how great your rugs look after you do this.
6. FLUFF COMPRESSED FIBERS AFTER MOVING FURNITURE
If you move furniture or beds around it’s important to fluff out the compressed fibers as soon as you can. You won’t get them all gone but you can work out a lot of the dents. Over time they will disappear, but this time will be greatly reduced if you spend a little time right after moving the items on working out the compression. Just be careful not to pull any fibers out.
7. FIX SNAGS OR PULLS RIGHT AWAY
Snags or pulled up fibers will ultimately show up in your home, it’s just a matter of time. When you see them try to fix them as soon as you can. You can either carefully cut them out or sometimes work them back into place depending on how much material is actually coming up. By doing this you will greatly reduce the chances of grabbing them with your foot and making the snag even worse.
Carpet requires a bit of persistence when it comes to keeping it clean, but with regular maintenance and prompt removal of stains, you can keep it in great shape for a long time. No matter what type of floor you have you want it to look as nice as the day you installed it. By following these tips you can keep your carpeting looking like new, and extend the overall life of it.