How to Maintain and Protect Your Carpet
Keep Your Carpet in Good Shape
Carpets help make a home comfortable and look good. Carpets are expensive, as well. Maintaining your carpet will extend its life and keep it looking its best.
Doormats & Area Rugs
One effective technique is often forgotten about. Use door mats and areas rugs. Doormats will motivate people to wipe their feet before entering. Area rugs can be put in areas of high traffic. The mats and area rugs can easily be taken out and shaken, or vacuumed, and will prevent a lot of dirt from being tracked onto and ground into our carpet.
Protecting carpet sprays can be helpful. However, they wear off, and will need to be reapplied. Be sure to follow instructions carefully. Inhalation of sprays could cause health issues. If you use a spray, test it on a small inconspicuous area of the carpet to be sure there is no discoloration.
Deal With Spills & Stains Quickly
Always deal with spills and stains quickly. They will be much easier to clean up. There are some easy and effective techniques for dealing with various kinds of stains. Most of them involve simple ingredients like vinegar and dish washing liquid. One thing to remember is that scrubbing stain vigorously may actually make it worse by grinding material into the carpet fibers.
Vacuum your carpet at least once a week. If there are pets or small children in the home, vacuuming twice a week is a good idea. This will keep the accumulation things like pet dander and children’s scattering of crumbs under control.
Your carpet should be deep cleaned every six months. This can be a DIY project, although one that can be messy and takes some time. Professional carpet cleaning will be faster and less of a mess.
Maintaining your carpet takes a little time, but the result will be a carpet that lasts longer, looks better and is actually healthier.