We’re almost always asking too much of our carpets. As one of the primary surfaces in our day-to-day lives, they’re expected to be entirely resistant to our daily activities. Once they’re gray, we worry they’ve grown old before their time. So, how do you extend the life of your carpet? We’ve got some simple tips to get you started.
The first step to determining how to extend the life of your carpet is to determine what type of lifespan there is to begin with. How old is your carpet and how long can you expect it to last? How long, ideally, do you want it to last?
Some carpet materials, such as polyester, may have shorter lifespans or require more routine maintenance, while materials such as nylon typically last longer. Carpets with microtechnology can be great for keeping out the dander that comes with pets, while having a carpet pad will enhance the overall lifespan and quality of your carpet.
Aside from these factors, there are still some general habits that will keep your carpet looking great for years to come!
There’s more to vacuuming than… well, vacuuming. But even making small adjustments in your vacuuming habits can work wonders for your carpet. Are you following all of these best practices?
BONUS TIP: Use various vacuuming attachments to grab dust and other allergens from furniture and curtains.
Be sure to run your vacuum over the carpet several times, as it may only pick up 75% of dust and dirt on the first run.
Spills will happen. That’s OK. You just have to act quickly to make sure you clean your carpet correctly. This tip may seem obvious, but it’s easy to make mistakes.
GENERAL STAIN ADVICE: Soak up excess liquid by gently blotting with a dry towel. Avoid scrubbing, as this will cause the stain to settle into carpet fibers.
Many spills, including messes like mud, milk, soda, and pet stains can be cleaned with a simple solution of ¼ teaspoon white vinegar mixed with 32 ounces of water. Pour into the stain and then blot with a towel to dry.
Some stains, such as wine, coffee, and chocolate will require special attention, but they can still be cleaned with a detergent solution. Just be careful, as many cleaning products can lead to discoloration and may be unsafe for children and pets.
Worried your cleaning efforts might be making things worse? Check out this blog post: 5 Carpet Cleaning Myths That Are Ruining Your Carpeted Floors
Hire a Professional Cleaning Service
While much of this advice is easy to do on your own, it definitely pays to go with the pros. Try to get your carpet cleaned every 12 – 18 months. Not only can a carpet cleaning service clean your carpet more effectively and keep it cleaner in the long run, the right professionals should be a trusted resource that can educate you on your carpet’s individual needs and even offer advice for how to maintain carpets between professional cleanings.
Still think you’re better off alone? Check out our blog post: Why Is Professional Steam Cleaning Better Than DIY Carpet Cleaning?
If you’re ready to take better care of your carpet and keep your home cleaner, call Elite Clean at 336-265-6055 to get a quote today!
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