Your carpets are one of the most valuable components of your home, so it’s no wonder that most homeowners are so protective of them. There are lots of challenges to contend with when trying to keep them clean, from outside dirt, spillages and smells. However, follow this quick guide to caring for your carpet and you’ll keep them in good condition for longer.
Getting a new carpet
When your carpet is very smelly, has a lot of permanent marks, considerable wear and tear and is over ten years old, it’s probably time to replace it. While this can be costly, it is a worthwhile investment that will improve your living conditions and the look of your rooms. This is a time-consuming job that can go wrong easily, so if you are not experienced we would recommend hiring professional carpet fitters. However, if you are keen to do a DIY job, we have provided some information on this that you might find helpful.
Minimise contact with outside dirt
The fact is, carpet is on the ground so it is inevitable that it will get dirty over time. While it would be a full-time job to try and keep any outside dirt from coming into contact with your carpet, there are some easy steps you can take to minimise it. Creating a “no shoes indoors” policy is an effective technique. To make it easy for visitors to stick to this rule, you may wish to supply a shoe rack at the door. Another option is to place mats at any external doors so that shoes (or paws) can be cleaned before entering.
Don’t let spills or marks sit
If anything spills on the carpet or is trodden in from outdoors, it’s important to deal with it as soon as you notice it. Marks that are left untreated will embed into the carpet fibres and may turn into permanent stains. When you are treating carpet marks, remember to use a dabbing action rather than rubbing the area. Rubbing can cause the pile to become uneven and fluffy, and such treatment can be very noticeable. Additionally, work from the outside of the blemish inwards as this will avoid spreading it. The exact materials, products and technique to use will depend on what has caused the mark. Use reputable sources to find out how to treat different stains.
Minimise wear where possible
Again, wear of the carpet is inevitable. However, you can minimise the impact with a few precautions. For example, avoid wearing shoes indoors (especially heels) and dragging furniture along the carpet. You may wish to use specialist coasters on the legs and corners of heavy furniture to minimise indentation. Rugs will also provide a layer of protection against heavy furniture and moving furniture from time to time will distribute the wear more evenly.
Regular vacuuming is good for your carpet. We recommend once a week. Not only does it remove dirt but it also encourages the tufts to stand upright, which makes your carpet look at its very best.
Thank you for stopping by. We wish you a long a happy relationship with your carpet.
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