Tips to Help Extend The Life of Your Carpet
It may seem like it would take a lot of time to keep your carpets in pristine condition, and sometimes that may be the case if your home is prone to visits from dirty feet. But in this article, we have put together 7 ways to help you preserve your carpet in the most time-efficient way possible! Even if your carpets tend to get quite dirty, the good news is that well-maintained carpets can be achieved through a bit of work.
Vacuum Your Carpet Regularly
The first and most obvious thing that you should be doing to keep your carpet well-maintained is to vacuum regularly. By getting in the habit of vacuuming on a regular schedule, you can ensure that there is no build-up of dirt or bacteria in the carpet fibers. Make sure when you notice cracker crumbs or other debris on the carpet you quickly vacuum it up to avoid future problems.
Use Mats and Rugs
Having a mat at the entrances of your house is a great idea because it allows people to wipe dirt or debris off their shoes before entering the house. When entrance mats are used, the percentage of dirt that gets tracked into the house will be significantly less. Placing a nice area rug over your carpet in an area that receives high foot traffic will help you keep dirt off your main flooring, and lessen the wear and tear. You will still have to treat your rugs, but they can be replaced more frequently and easily than regular carpeting.
Remove Stains ASAP
Have you ever sat down to dinner and spilled something on the floor? If you’re anything like me you’ll give it a quick clean at the time, finish off dinner, then come back to the stain later for a proper clean.
Try to avoid this!
Acting on a stain as fast as possible gives you the best chance of removal. Minutes count especially for some of the more common stains such as,
- Red wine Stains
- Coffee Stains
- Food Stains
- Gum Stuck
- Pet Stains
Buy a long-lasting carpet
There are two types of carpet pile — cut and loop. Cut pile is plusher, but you’ll get more years of service from loop carpet, especially in high-traffic areas. Another key to long carpet life is to choose the right material for the situation. Here are your choices and their characteristics:
- More than two-thirds of the carpet used in North America is made of nylon. It’s no wonder, since nylon is wear-resistant, resilient and withstands the weight and movement of furniture while providing brilliant colour. Nylon resists soils and stains and can stand up to heavy-traffic areas. Solution-dyed nylon is colourfast because colour is added in the fibre production.
- Olefin (polypropylene) is the stuff indoor/outdoor carpeting is made of because it resists wear and permanent stains and it is easy to clean. It is colourfast because the colour is added when the fibres are made.
- Polyester carpet has a luxurious soft feel when used in thick cut-pile textures. It has excellent colour clarity and retention. It’s easily cleaned and is resistant to water-soluble stains.
- Acrylic offers the appearance and feel of wool at a lower cost. It has a low static level and is resistant to moisture and mildew. It’s commonly used in velvet and level-loop carpets and in bath and scatter rugs.
- Wool is very durable and luxuriously soft and thick. It’s available in many colours, but it’s much more expensive than synthetic carpets.
- A wool-nylon blend combines the excellent look and comfort of wool with the durability of nylon. Other common carpet blends that combine good characteristics include acrylic-olefin and nylon-olefin.
Potty train your furry family member
It is challenging to keep carpets clean and fresh with a pet, especially if he or she isn’t house trained yet. Train fast and early to limit excessive damage to your carpet. Clean up those inevitable accidents quickly. Treat the area with cleaners that are safe for your pet and will eliminate the odor. Even the slightest smell might encourage your pet to repeat the accident in the same area. Treat the area with cleaners that are safe for your pet and will eliminate the odor. Even the slightest smell might encourage your pet to repeat the accident in the same area.Vacuuming regularly will keep their fur out of the fibers of your carpet, and wiping their paws will eliminate some dust and dirt they could track in from outside.
Don’t engage in habits that result in spills
It only takes one trip to cause an accident. While a spill won’t result in an entirely ruined carpet, multiple messes over time will cause stains that are really hard to remove or hide.Encourage the young children in your house to eat and drink somewhere kid-friendly, like at a table with placemats or somewhere that has tile.Don’t live life on the edge, scoot your wine glasses and other liquids to the center of an end table to prevent it from dropping to the floor.Serve dinner at the table in the dining room rather than eating on the couch in front of the TV. All of these habits can result in a mess.No matter how hard you try, it is highly likely there will be an accident on your carpet, but don’t sweat the spills, that is why we are here!
Using Rented Carpet Cleaning Equipment
Rented carpet cleaning equipment just can’t do what pro gear and know-how can do. So a good strategy is to alternate between pro cleaning and DIY cleaning. Here are some ways to get the most from rented equipment:
- Clean the carpet before it becomes really dirty. If you wait until the carpet is filthy, cleaning it will be much more difficult, take much longer and cost more.
- Vacuum well before and after cleaning. Vacuum beforehand to remove large particles of soil. Vacuum again after you clean and the carpet is completely dry to pick up soil that wicks to the surface during drying.
- Pretreat stains and high-traffic areas. Mix a drop of detergent with hot water in a spray bottle and lightly mist the dirtiest areas. Let sit 10 minutes before the general cleaning.
- Use less soap than directed. The soap used in rented machines foams a lot and leaves behind a lot of residue, which acts as a dirt magnet. Use a tablespoon or less of soap to 1 gallon of hot water to prevent soap residue.
- Use a mild acid rinse. You can buy a neutralizing rinse where you rent the cleaning machine, or you can make your own using 1 cup of white vinegar to 1 gallon of hot water. Rinse after you make one pass with the detergent solution.
- Don’t overwet the carpet. Rented machines put a lot of moisture into the carpet, and most don’t have enough suction to extract it thoroughly. Make only one pass with the soap-and-water solution. Make one pass with the neutralizing rinse. Then make three drying passes with the water switched off.
- Let it dry thoroughly. After you clean your carpets, open the windows, use fans and a dehumidifier, or put the AC on a moderate setting (72 to 78 degrees) to remove excess moisture from the air. Don’t replace the furniture or walk on the carpet until it’s completely dry. This can take up to 12 hours, though six to eight hours is typical.