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.