Carpet flooring is something add coziness to a room. We all love that feeling of warm fuzzy carpet in winter or the satisfying look of a freshly vacuumed carpet but maintaining a carpet to keep it look as fresh as possible can be a daunting task.
Installing carpet in your home is an investment and responsibility. When you add carpet flooring to your home you increase your home’s value and actually decrease the heating/ cooling expense.Proper carpet maintenance is essential in order for it to continue added beauty and value to your home.
Follow these easy maintenance tips to help ensure your home’s carpet continues to look it’s best for years to come.
1. Regular Vacuuming
Regular vacuuming is one of the best ways to keep dirt and debris from settling and becoming embedded in your carpet fibres.Experts recommend vacuuming all the carpet in your home at least once a week, if you have higher traffic areas you may need to ramp this up a little more. When you vacuum regularly you’ll also reduce wear and tear on your carpet.
But vaccuming regularly has two parts to it. Keep in mind that the kind of vacuum you use matters. Your vacuum should have good and efficient airflow, proper suction and be easily maneuverable. An inefficient vacuum can do more harm than good and actually damage the ends of your carpet fibres.
2. No procrastinating on cleaning
Spills can happen, and it’s fair to say that most people aren’t sprinting for the cleaning supplies right as they happen. But the longer a spill or food sits on your carpet the more difficult it becomes to remove it. Although it might be a drag to not have your fully loaded nachos next to you while you watch the game, your new, fresh carpet will thank you later on.
If you do spill food or liquid on your carpet, follow the instructions below:
- Remove as much of the spill immediately
- Scoop and blot away the spill, do NOT wipe (this will smear/spread it deeper into the rug)
- Add a small amount of water and blot with a towel
- Use a carpet cleaner or club soda to spot clean
3. Think of layering options
One of the best trends in today’s interior design and home decor is layering rugs by adding area rugs. Adding an area rug over your existing carpet is an excellent way to enhance the look and feel of your carpets. The carpet stores in your area should be able to help you create a unique look that is personalized to your style and compliments your home decor.
When you add in some area rugs you can help decrease the impact of foot traffic in high traffic areas like living rooms, hallways and entryways. Plus, you can create fun, trendy layering styles that will highlight your personality in your home decor, besides you have the flexibility to change out your area rugs whenever you please or a new trend comes around.
4. Leave the shoes at the door
Have you ever looked at the soles of your shoes? The things we step in, whether we realize it at the time or not, all attach to the bottoms of our shoes. If you really want to keep your carpet looking pristine and beautiful, implement a “no shoes” policy in your home. T
his will help keep all the dirt, mud, and grime from being tracked in your home. This will help keep your carpet clean and protected. Besides, your guest will be able to better enjoy the warm, soft feeling of your carpets under their feet.
5. Clipping snaps, not pulling them
Carpets are bound to snag eventually, especially if you have kids or furry friends around too. The most important thing to remember with snag is to always clip or trim them and never to pull them out. This will inevitably make the problem worse and is more likely to tear the carpet away from the backing.
Instead of pulling on the snag, you should grab a pair of scissors and trim the snag at the base to prevent further damage.
Caring for you carpets
Whether you are investing in new carpeting for your whole home or are just looking to add some new stylish flair to some existing areas following these tips above will help keep your carpet looking clean and fresh for years to come. If you have any questions the best people to bring you inquires too would be your local carpet stores.