The installation of carpet is never easy nor cheap, and chances are you paid a pretty penny for the carpeting itself. So, it should go without saying that it’s in your best interest to do everything you can to protect your carpeting, since better protection means they’ll be longer-lasting. While you’ll certainly want to invest in regular professional cleanings from a company like Green Choice Carpet, there are easy at-home tips you can practice regularly in order to ensure your carpets are well-cared for:
Take your shoes off.
Shoes that are left on don’t just track dirt into the house – they also grind it into your carpeting; and that ground-in dirt acts like abrasive little bits of rocks and glass that will slowly but surely shred your carpet fibers, which leads to damage and premature aging and overall breakdown. Enforcing a strict, consistently-followed “No Shoes On The Carpet, Ever!” rule is one important step (pun intended) in pampering your carpets.
Make it a habit to vacuum at least once a week, or twice a week if you have children or pets – more than that if you have both, or if you live in an area where dust and allergens are a significant problem.
Do mini deep-cleanings
Invest in a small, portable steam-vac or upholstery vacuum that’ll make it easy for you to do deep cleanings on your carpeting — or at least the carpet in heavily-traveled areas such as entryways and hallways — at least twice per year.
Move the furniture.
If you have the urge to rearrange your living room furniture, here’s a great reason to go ahead and do so: heavy furniture shouldn’t be left to sit in the same spot for more than six to nine months; any longer than that and its weight can permanently break the carpet fibers beneath it.
Treat stains promptly.
Don’t put spills off until later, as time gives stains a chance to set and become a permanent part of your decor. Make sure you take care of spills promptly – gently blot to soak up liquids, and use cold water and gentle soaps to cleanse.