Carpets have lots of use because they act as the floor covering. People step on them, sometimes there are food and drink spills and even high traffic that makes the carpets look dirty and worn out. However, with proper maintenance, the carpets can last for a very long time without showing signs of wear and tear.
Here are some guidelines that will help you keep your carpet almost as new as when you bought it:
Practice Frequent Vacuuming
Thorough and regular vacuuming is the best way to keep your carpet looking brand new at all times. Vacuuming is simple, and it does not take much time. All you need to do is choose the right vacuum. Do not replace a vacuum with other household tools such as carpet sweepers. The carpet sweepers can only remove dirt from the surface, but vacuuming removes dirt from deep within the carpet fibers.
If dust particles are left to accumulate in the carpet fibers, they can damage the carpet and make it look dull and old. Thus, vacuuming should be done at least once in a week for areas with lower traffic but more than once a week in areas with high traffic. Frequent vacuuming prolongs the lifespan of a carpet as it prevents the accumulation of dirt, which cuts the carpet fibers. You will be surprised at the vast difference that such a simple activity can make to your carpets.
Retain The Carpet’s Texture By Reducing Traffic
The part of the carpet that receives heavy traffic tends to wear off first. You can reduce the amount of traffic in such areas. Place area rugs under and in front of the most frequently used pieces of furniture such as chairs. Interchange the positions of heavy furniture so that you do not hurt just one side of a carpet.
Use furniture cups or glides under the legs of furniture to avoid making permanent indentations on your carpet. You can use different remedies for temporary indentations by working them out using your fingers or a soft brush.
Shedding, Fluffing, And Sprouting
It is normal to find tiny balls of loose fibers and fluff on the carpet after vacuuming. It may be a result of leftover fibers during the manufacture of the rug. Do not be worried because it will eventually disappear with regular vacuuming. You may also see a yarn tuft sprouting above the carpet surface. Merely snip them off with a pair of scissors. Do not pull them out because pulling will loosen the fibers and make the carpet to start tearing off.
Staining of the carpet is sometimes inevitable as long as it remains on the floor. Whenever you spot a stain, do not wait long to remove it. Remove it as soon as possible as it is easier to clean it off thoroughly. The best way to remove a stain is by blotting it out. Do not rub it because it might cause the stain to spread. You can also use some water and detergent. For extremely stubborn stains, hire a professional to clean the carpet.
It is evident that the lifespan of your carpet will depend on the care that you give it to maintain your carpets well and they will provide you with more extended service making your house look beautiful and warm.