How to Keep Dirt out and Extend the Life of Your Carpet
Do you love your carpet and that warm, fuzzy feeling under your toes in the morning? That soft cushion of support you step onto after a long day in the office? If you want to keep your carpet looking its best and extend its life, you’ll need to give it a little extra TLC.
Carpet Care Tips
To take care of your carpet and help it last a little longer, here are some things you need to do:
Know your carpet: Not everyone is aware of it, but there are several types of carpets. If you are going to care for yours properly, you’ll need to know what kind you have. When you are shopping for your new carpet, don’t be shy to ask for some different types from your favourite manufacturer. For example, those with advanced microtechnology are less likely to acquire stains or mould. As well, different materials have different lifespans. Polyester fibres tend to wear out more quickly than nylon ones. Now that you know more about different carpet types, you can pick the right one for your home.
Vacuum regularly: A good cleaning can eliminate dirt, allergens, bugs, and other debris from your carpet. The best technique to get the most from your vacuuming efforts is to dust your furniture and appliances before you vacuum. That way, all the dust in the room can settle on the carpet for your vacuum to clean up. Don’t be afraid to adjust the height of your vacuum. If it is too low, it may damage your carpet. On the other hand, if it’s too high, it won’t remove enough of the dirt and debris. You will need to practice some trial and error to find the right level for your carpet.
Clean up spills quickly: The longer a spill stays on your carpet, the more it will be absorbed. That means if you don’t clean it quickly, it could become a stain. The best way to effectively clean a spill from a carpet is to remove any portion of the spill from the top of the carpet. So, if any solid materials were part of the spilled substance, pick them up. Next, put some water on the spill to help clean it up. If this doesn’t get the stain removed, you can use a water-vinegar mix to help clean the area. Whatever you do, avoid rubbing the stain when you are cleaning it. This can push the spill deeper into the carpet and make it even more difficult to remove. For sticky substances, try freezing them before you remove them. This can make it easier to get them all off your carpet. Depending on what type of substance was spilled, there are some different options you can try, such as dishwashing liquid for greasy spills, and ice water and detergent, or hydrogen peroxide for blood. Blotting is always best and if adding any chemicals or products always be cautious and use a carpet sample as a test area first to avoid further damage to your carpet.
Take your shoes off: Having a no-shoes policy in your home, particularly on your carpet, can help extend its life and keep dirt out. It can also help you keep track of your shoes when you want to go out.
Consider pets carefully: If you are thinking of adding a pet to your home, do some research first. Pets can add to the stress that a carpet handles everyday. Do you want a short-hair or long-hair pet? Are you looking for a new puppy or an older cat? All of these considerations can mean different wear and tear on your carpet. Animals with longer hair will introduce more dirt and dander to your carpet. As well, younger pets may scratch, tear, and even make messes on your carpet. You must understand the impact your pet will have on your carpet before you bring them home.
Let tech help: Families have busy schedules, and you may not have time for a good vacuuming regularly. However, that doesn’t mean your carpet needs to be neglected. Consider adding a robot vacuum to your arsenal of cleaning tools.
Use mats or rugs: Strategically placing mats and rugs in high-traffic areas around your home can help ensure your carpet lasts longer. Having a mat or rug planted at doorways, under your couch, near beds, and around tables can help prevent your carpet from accumulating excess dirt and debris. Because these smaller rugs and mats are easier to remove and replace than your carpet, it can also be a cost-saving measure.
Be ready to replace them: Sometimes, as much as you try to care for your carpet, it’s simply past its date. Perhaps your carpet was made with materials that are no longer popular. If you haven’t updated the carpet in your home for over 10 years, it may be time to get a new one. Remember to give a little TLC to your new carpet, too.
Professional treatment: Even regular cleaning of your carpet can leave it looking a bit worn out. It is not always possible to prevent all the dirt and debris from building up deep in your carpet. That’s when you can call in a professional to help you bring some life back to your carpet. A professional carpet cleaning can provide the deep-down treatment that your carpet may need. Cleaners have the right tools and techniques to give your carpet a good, soapy wash. To help extend the life of your carpet, consider having a professional cleaning done at least once or twice a year.
For more information on extending the life of your carpet, call RBC Clean — located in Aurora, and servicing all of Southern Ontario and the GTA — at 289-800-7694 or contact us here.