Few decorative or functional and durable additions to your home are as costly as carpet. And there are things you can do to maximize your investment.
If you happen to be installing new carpet, spend a bit more for the best quality padding you can buy. It provides a good foundation for the carpet, feels better beneath your feet and fosters a longer life for your property. Some carpets come with warranties that require a particular minimum thickness of padding. It is important to review the carpet warranty before you purchase the padding.
Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum
There is no such thing as vacuuming too often. Not only does vacuuming contribute to a clean and tidy look to your home, it also helps to increase carpet life. Particles of soil that the vacuum removes are harsh and they can scrape and wear carpet fibers away over time. Because vacuuming is an essential part of maintaining your carpet, it is important to select the highest-quality vacuum you can afford. The Carpet and Rug Institute has a wealth of information about the best vacuum to choose for your needs. www.carpet-rug.org
Walk-off mats placed at every entrance to your home will absorb moisture and soil before anyone even sets foot on your carpet. They’ll trap dirt and oily debris that would otherwise be brought into your house. To be sure your mats don’t become sources of soil themselves, clean them regularly.
Add another layer of protection
Consider putting carpet protectors beneath the legs of chairs, tables and other large furnishings to spread their weight and cause less crushing of the carpet.
Rearrange your furniture
Changing the layout of your furniture will cause a change in foot traffic patterns and promote even wearing of the carpet over time. If the furniture has been in one place for some time, you may find that the carpet is dented from the furniture’s weight and legs. Learn what material your carpet is made from. If it is a synthetic (common ones are nylon, olefin and polyester) the dents can be easily fixed. Put in as many ice cubes as it takes to fill the dent completely. As the ice cubes melt, the compressed carpet fibers will absorb the water. The more water the fibers absorb, the fuller and more swollen they will become and this will reduce the indentation. Avoid letting the carpet become soaking wet. Better to do the ice treatment more than once, allowing the carpet dry between treatments. Allow the water to remain on the dent for four hours or overnight to give the fibers plenty of time to regain their original shape and plumpness. Blot the area dry with a clean cloth or towel and absorb excess water. Blot until the carpet remains only slightly damp. If you are removing several or many dents in your carpet, test this method for colorfastness in an area of carpet that does not show.
Don’t allow sunburn
If your carpet gets any direct sunlight, you will need to use shades, blinds, drapes or awnings to prevent fading and other deterioration.
In addition to regular vacuuming, it is vital to have your carpets steam cleaned on a regular basis. If you are like most people, you probably need to have the carpets cleaned sooner and more frequently than you think you do. Many carpet warranties require steam cleaning at particular intervals in order to keep the warranty in effect.
By using these simple tips your carpet will remain beautiful for many years to come.