Preventive Maintenance & Care for Your Carpet
How exciting it is when you purchase a brand new plush carpet for your home. That nice new smell, the softness you feel as you walk across it and the joy it gives you while admiring the beauty it adds to the rooms decor. The purchase of a new carpet may be one of the largest expenses you will have for your home so you will want to make the most of your carpet investment. By performing these simple preventive maintenance tips you can keep your carpet looking it's best.
Invest in Runners and Rugs
Your carpet does more than just pick up dust. It helps to insulate your home and offers grip underfoot. However, it is easily damaged. Walking directly on it damages the fibers. You can protect it by putting a layer between your carpet and your feet. Runners are the best option for this especially when it comes to hallways. This way you will only have the sides of the hallway visible, where people are less likely to walk. Other good choices for area rug placement would be your entryway and main walkways. You may also want to consider adding area rugs to other rooms. A beautiful area rug will add some pattern and color to your room, while protecting your carpet from damage and dirt.
Watch out for allowing too much dirt to collect in the carpet fibers. Not only do you make it harder to clean the carpets, but you’re putting your health at risk from conditions like allergies and asthma.
Vacuuming on a daily basis is the best preventative method to protect your health and your carpet’s longevity. Daily vacuuming is especially important in homes with children and pets. Crumbs and pet hairs end up trodden on and dug deep into the carpet fibers. It’s much harder to get the embedded dirt & debris out of the carpet when waiting to long between vacuums.
If there are any spillages, also make sure you clean these up right away. This will keep the spill from having the chance to stain, leading to scrubbing and damaging the material.
Gently Remove Spillages
You know to clean up spills quickly, but be cautious making sure not to rub the carpet to harshly. You will want to be gentle with the carpet fibers as you clean using a neutral spotting product (7pH). You may want to contact your local carpet cleaning professional for some suggestions on where to purchase a good carpet spotter to keep on hand. Some carpet cleaning companies offer their neutral spotters as a free life time replacement and these types of cleaners are much safer to use. Store bought & home remedies you find when searching online are usually not the best choice for your carpet. They are high in pH and will remove stains quickly, but most will leave a soapy residue behind that continues to re attract soil to the area and then becomes quite aggravating as you keep cleaning it over and over just for it to keep coming back. Remember, don't be tempted to scrub a hard to remove stain because this can tear down your carpets fibers. Instead gently dab the area to clean and if necessary call your local professional if the stain does not come out.
Wipe Your Feet Clean
Before you walk into the house, have a mat outside so you can wipe your feet clean. This will help avoid tracking dirt, oil, and other materials into the house. You may even want to have your family remove their shoes before coming into the house.
It could also be worth having a front entry or section of your hallway in tile. You can place a shoe rack there and take your shoes off before walking onto the carpet. This will protect your carpet from outside dirt being tract in. You may not want to ask your guests to take their shoes off, so still have the welcome mat.
This will not prevent the every day foot traffic wear and tear which is to be expected, but does help the carpet last longer. This is especially the case when you follow the other tips mentioned above.
Have Your Carpet Professionally Cleaned
Be sure to check your new carpet guidelines and warranty. Most carpet manufacturer's will require that you have your carpet professionally cleaned. Each warranty is explicit on how often and with what method you have your carpet cleaned to maintain their warranty. You will also want to keep record of each cleaning if ever you need to contact the manufacturer for a claim. You will find most manufacturers will require having your carpet cleaned every 12-16 months whereas this extends the life of the carpet and keeps deep embedded soils from permanently damaging the carpet fibers, especially in the main traffic areas.
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