Carpets can be expensive and difficult to replace. Just finding the right color and kind of carpet to go in your house is going to take some work, so it makes sense that you will want to keep your carpet in top condition or as long as possible. Most people don’t think too much abut how to safeguard their carpet, but there are actually some simple cleaning tips that can make a big difference in how long your carpet lasts.
Install a Mat
The biggest factor that causes your carpet to deteriorate is friction. You get a lot of friction by just walking on the carpet, but if there is dirt and dust in the carpet, then when you walk on it, those particles grind into the carpets and erode the fibers. You need to keep your carpet clean from dirt as much as possible to ensure it lasts longer, and one of the most effective ways to do the tis to install a mat by any entry points.
Having a mat by the front door and back door and anywhere else the people are likely to track in dirt can make a huge difference in how you clean your rug is and how much friction is created when people walk across it. It may seem like a simple thing, but your carpet will be in much better shape once you put the mat in place.
You may not be vacuuming as often as you should be. In most houses, you need to vacuum at least once a week, and if you have pets inside or kids in the home, then you need to vacuum pretty much every day. They track in a lot of dirt and make your carpet filthy fairly fast. The sooner you get rid of that dirt and other particles on the carpet, the longer your carpet is going to last. The more kids and the more pests you have, the more often you need to vacuum. If your kids are old enough, they can do some of the vacuuming for you to make your workload a bit lighter.
Hire a Professional
It may seem like a foreign idea for many homeowners and renters to hire someone to professionally clean their carpets for them, but that can have a big impact on the longevity of the carpet. You only need to have a professional come in and clean once or perhaps twice in a year. That is all that’s necessary to dramatically increase your carpet’s lifespan and keep it looking cleaner and smelling fresher all year long. Even if you have kids and pets in the house, two professional cleanings are enough. What this does is deep clean your carpet and get rid of the stains that have been there for a while as well as the particles that are embedded deep down in the carpet. Your entire carpet will be reinvigorated and perhaps even look as clean as when you first bought it.
The professional cleaners will be able to clean in ways that you cannot, getting rid of dirt and stains that your conventional cleaning methods can’t tackle. Having this professional cleaning does once or twice a year can make your carpet last for years longer. It may be expensive, but it is worth it in the long run.
Deal with Stains Promptly
Do you sometimes leave stains and spills on the carpet after you notice them? Maybe you figure that they won’t do any lasting damage and that you can afford to clean them up later. Perhaps you feel that it would be too much work to tackle at the moment, and you just want to wait until you have more time. What you may not realize is that most spills are corrosive to the carpet in some way. Even plain water can erode and deteriorate your carpet faster than it would depreciate on its own.
You need to get rid of these spills as soon as you notice them. That leaves them little time to seep into the carpet, create mold growth over time or cause your carpet to deteriorate. When you clean up spills right away, you also lessen their impact and ensure that they are less likely to become permanent stains. Now, not every spill needs to be cleaned up the same way. If you are not sure about how to clean up specific spills, like red wine, pet feces or soda, then you should look it up before you accidentally make the problem worse.
Buy a Steam Cleaner
You can do some deep cleaning of your own. If you purchase or even just rent a steam cleaner, you can make difference in how long your carpet lasts and how nice it looks all the time. Steam cleaning is not for every carpet, so be sure to follow the cleaning instructions for the steam cleaner and your carpets. However, this can get rid of stains and dirt that other more conventional cleaning methods cannot affect. Steam cleaning can take more work than regular vacuuming, so you probably don’t want to do it too often, but performing this cleaning takes once a month is excellent for your carpet. It can refresh it and give it some new life with minimal effort. Just be sure to get rid of all moisture you put into your carpets. If you don’t dry them out properly, you can create a perfect home from mold or cause your carpet to deteriorate faster than it should. You can set up some fans and open windows after you steam clean to make sure that the carpet dries out properly.
With these tips, your carpet should last you for much longer than it normally would. We hope you use some of these and start making your carpet look more beautiful with the small amount of effort it takes to put these cleaning tips into action.
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