Take preventive maintenance steps to keep your carpet looking like new. High-quality carpet can be a significant financial investment, but by performing ongoing maintenance in between professional cleanings, you can significantly extend its life span and increase its aesthetic value. Consider the following tips for maintaining your carpet:
Don’t track dirt inside. Placing walk-off mats outside all entrances will help absorb soil/moisture and trap excessive dirt, sand, grit, oil, asphalt or driveway sealer that might otherwise be tracked into your home. Clean the mats on a regular basis so they don’t become sources of soil themselves.
Use a quality carpet pad. A good pad gives better resilience and comfort underfoot and can extend the life of your carpet, especially on stairs. Some carpets carry warranties with specific density and thickness requirements, so make sure you review your warranty before making a purchase.
Occasionally move heavy furniture. In addition to renewing the feel of your room, moving furniture will help avoid excessive pile crushing. Also, consider using carpet protectors under the legs of tables, chairs and other furniture to help distribute the weight. Damage can occur if you use chairs or appliances that have rollers or casters without a chair pad designed specifically for carpet.
Protect carpet when moving furniture. When moving heavy, wheeled furniture (pianos, buffets), prevent damage by placing a protective barrier of heavy cardboard or plywood between the wheels and the carpet.
Reduce periods of direct sunlight. Protect your carpet from prolonged periods of direct sunlight with blinds, shades or awnings.
Vacuum frequently. Walking on soiled carpet allows soil particles to work their way below the surface of the pile, where they’re far more difficult to remove and can damage the carpet fibers. Frequent vacuuming removes these particles from the surface before problems occur. For rooms with light traffic, vacuum traffic lanes twice a week and the entire area once a week. In heavy traffic areas, vacuum traffic lanes daily and the entire area twice a week. Up to three passes of the vacuum will suffice for light soiling, but five to seven passes are necessary for heavily soiled areas. Change the vacuuming direction occasionally to help stand the pile upright and reduce matting.
Select the best vacuum for your type of carpet. Use a vacuum with a rotating brush or combination beater/brush bar that agitates the carpet pile and mechanically loosens soil for removal. Remember: Carpet with thick loop pile construction (particularly wool and wool-blend styles) may be sensitive to brushing or rubbing and may become fuzzy. In addition, shag (or cabled) styles with long pile yarns tend to wrap around the vacuum’s rotating brushes, which can cause damage to the yarn. For these carpets, use a suction-only vacuum or a vacuum with an adjustable brush. If your vacuum has a beater/brush bar, test it in an inconspicuous location before regular use to make sure it doesn’t produce excessive fuzzing.
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