10 Tips to Maintaining Your Carpet
Keeping a carpet clean is always on ongoing project, but with time and dedication you can have clean for years to come. Below is some of the tips the pros use to keeps carpets looking new.
1. Cleaning Your Carpet Regularly
Dirt and debris get caught in carpet very easily and can cause damage if left in carpet long term. Don't let the bag or canister get more than half full or it won't work efficiently.
Finally, adjust the height, so it works just right for your floor.
2. Sprinkle Some Baking Soda Prior to Vacuuming
Baking soda can help absorb ordors and keep your carpet smelling fresh.
3. Treat Stains and Spills as Soon as They Occur
If you notice a stain or spill, tackle it right away. Time is crucial when it comes to cleaning up mess. The secret is to blot and not to rub it in. Apply your cleaner and gently blot it out with a clean white or neutral colored towel. Then vacuum the area. Rubbing the spill just pushes the particles down further into the carpet.
4. Have the Carpet Professionally Cleaned on Occasion
Even with weekly cleanings, carpeting does get dirty over time. We recommend having your carpet cleaned twice a year. It will be worth it long term.
5. Installing Curtain or Blinds
The sunlight can do more than just warm up your house. The carpet may be your favorite color, but those UV rays can cause it to fade in splotchy areas around your windows. Install curtains that block the sunlight during the morning and evening hours to protect the surface from direct light. You can also use window tinting that blocks any UV rays.
6. Occasional Room Redesign
Plush carpets are great for filling a room with warmth and comfort. However, when you move your sofa after a few years, the damage is done. Rearranging a room takes time, effort and planning, but it protects your carpet from indentations that are impossible to remove. Rugs can also help with any major dents from heavy furniture.
7. Changing Out Air Filters
The fibers in your carpet grab all the dust and dirt near it. If your air filter isn’t working efficiently, then your carpet will work overtime. That means it is bad for your air quality and your carpet. Change your air filters often to keep dust and dirt out of your floor.
8. Stretch It Out
Ripples in the carpet can limit the lifespan of the surface. Humidity, moving heavy furniture or even an incorrect installation can cause your carpet to buckle. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away. In fact, it will only get worse over time and may lead to your carpet creasing.
9. Adding Decorative Rugs Help
Those high foot traffic areas in your home take a beating on a daily basis. Consider laying down a decorative rug to prevent premature wear on your carpet. Area rugs are a great way to brighten a room and display your unique style. They can also help you cover up a worn spot and prolong your need to install a new carpet. Heavier rugs are less likely to bunch and create tripping hazards. Using a carpet pad can also help keep your new rug in place.
10. Take Your Shoes Off
Get in the habit of removing your shoes before entering a carpeted room. Shoes can drag in all sorts of nasty things so place a mat at the door to hold them. Buy some slippers that can only be worn in the house to change into.