Carpet is one of America’s most popular floor covering choices. It enhances virtually any room and adds value to your residence. Keeping your new carpet in beautiful condition is a challenge if you don’t know the proper steps of maintenance. With the care guidelines below, your new carpet can stay attractive for many years.
- Place walk-off mats wherever there are entrances to your home from high-soil areas like backyards, garages and so on.
- Buy a quality vacuum and use it regularly. Over time, loose dirt and dust that collects on carpet fibers can dull your carpet’s appearance; frequent vacuuming maintains the beauty of your floor covering and extends its life.
- Use a machine with a good beater bar and maximum suction. High traffic areas may need more vacuuming more often. Also, use the cleaner’s attachments to clean the tight spots – along walls and up and down the stairs. Be sure to set your vacuum settings to the proper carpet height.
- If your vacuum uses bags, be sure to change them frequently for maximum cleaning efficiency.
- Carpet cushion plays an important role in preserving the look and feel of your carpet. Investing in a good carpet cushion prevents your carpet from matting and crushing underfoot, as well as offering its own level of soil and stain protection. A good carpet cushion also provides ventilation between the carpet and the floor, making vacuuming easier, and more efficient.
- Read the care and maintenance literature provided by the manufacturer because different fibers, styles and finishes can each have their own unique guidelines.
- Don’t vacuum over loose yarn or try to pull out the snag. Looped carpets can snag, especially at a seam or a carpet transition. Carefully snip the yarn flush with the carpet and without catching any surrounding loops.
- Don’t leave the furniture all in one place. Rearrange your furniture periodically. Heavy furniture can compress, or crush the carpet pile. Carpet that is near windows and patio doors can be subjected to harmful ultraviolet rays that deteriorate the carpet’s appearance and ability to withstand wear. If possible, be sure to use window treatments that offer some protection against sunlight.
- Don’t let stains sit. Treat stains as soon as possible. The longer you wait the more the stain will soak into the fibers.
- Don’t try to clean your carpets alone. Cleaning by a reputable, professional cleaner is suggested approximately once a year to protect your investment.
Professional equipment and experience lead to a more thorough job of removing stubborn stains and embedded soil.