It’s not hard to take care of carpet – there are just a few easy steps to be aware of. Regularly following these steps will ensure that your carpet continues to look as lovely in years to come as it does when you have it installed.
Proactive steps to easily keep your carpet looking good over time:
- Place mats outside of all entrances and clean them on a regular basis. They will absorb soil and moisture and trap excessive dirt, sand, grit, oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that would otherwise be tracked inside.
- Protect your carpet from prolonged periods of direct sunlight with window coverings (shades, blinds, curtains, awnings, etc.)
- Use a quality pad underneath your carpet. Good carpet pads not only give better resilience and comfort, they can increase the lifespan of your carpet, especially on stairs. Look into the many varieties of carpet pads, and remember that some carpets carry warranties with particular density and thickness requirements. Make sure to review your warranty before purchasing your pad.
- When using area rugs on your carpet, be sure to clean them regularly. Also, make sure to restore and clean the carpet underneath as well. Always check area rugs for colorfastness before placing them on carpet because the color in some rugs may bleed through. After cleaning your carpet, allow it to dry completely before replacing rugs.
- Make sure to protect your carpet when moving furniture. When moving heavy wheeled furniture (buffets, pianos, etc.), prevent damage by placing heavy cardboard or plywood between the wheels and the carpet.
- You should also occasionally move heavy furniture. It won’t just revitalize the feel of your room, it will also help prevent excessive crushing. It’s a good idea to use carpet protectors under the legs of chairs, tables, and other furniture to help distribute the weight. If you use chairs or appliances with rollers or casters without a chair pad designed specifically for carpet, it can cause damage to your carpet as well.
- Choosing the right vacuum. Routine vacuuming can actually extend your carpet’s life, the type of vacuum cleaner you choose is important. A vacuum’s performance varies based on the carpet’s construction and fiber type. A good vacuum should have features that allow you to adjust the height, fan speed, and beater bar rotation. Vacuums that are self-propelled, have large wheels and specialty tools can also help ensure effortless and effective carpet maintenance.
- Adjustable height is the most important because it will enable the machine to be used on a wide variety of carpet constructions. If the height setting is too high above the carpet surface, the vacuum can’t draw out the gritty soil below. If the height setting is too low, the vacuum’s brushes or beater bar can “fuzz” the carpet, making the surface look worn and frayed.
- Unsure about the proper height setting? Use a typically out of sight place like a closet to test your vacuum. Its brush or beater bar should just lightly touch your carpet surface. You do not want it digging into or gouging the carpet pile.
- Another way to test out which setting you need, set your vacuum to the proper height and vacuum multiple times against the texture, making sure to keep the vacuum in the same area each time. After about 100 times of back and forth passes, get down at eye level with the carpet and compare the vacuumed area, then at the adjacent area that wasn’t vacuumed. If you see any fraying or damage to the vacuumed area, change the setting or use a different kind of vacuum on your carpet.
- When vacuuming wool, wool blend, high pile and premium soft carpets, look for the following features that will allow you to easily maintain your carpet:
- If you have thick loop, casual frieze or long pile carpets such as “shag”, you may need to completely disengage the beater bar and vacuum with suction only.
- Adjustable Height: Use the highest setting where appropriate
- Adjustable Motor Speed: Use a medium or low setting where appropriate
- Large Wheels: Vacuum should glide easily across the carpet.
- For all other carpet constructions, use a vacuum with a rotating beater bar or brush. Check the beater bars for burs and gouges to prevent damage to the carpet surface and change the vacuum bags frequently.
The majority of stain complaints are actually soil related. For example, many sugar-based spills, such as soft drinks and coffee, leave a sugar residue after removal. This sticky residue readily attracts soil from ordinary shoe traffic, and the resulting discolored area appears to be a stain.
The same thing happens when spills are cleaned with a detergent solution and the area is not sufficiently rinsed with plain water, leaving a sticky detergent residue. It is important to rinse thoroughly with water and blot dry after removing any spill.
You will want to reference the manufacturer’s warranty for specific care requirements.