Investing in high-quality carpets will ensure that you will get the maximum value for your money. It’s all about durability, color-retention and a heavy-duty pad. Once you’ve chosen the best carpet for you, the next step is caring for it. There are so many easy and highly doable ways that you could care for your new carpet, and here are some of the guidelines to remember:
- Find out if your carpet is treated with fabric protection. Ask the store attendant whether the carpet has been pre-treated with stain-resistant products; these give a protective layer to your carpet which increases its defense against stains and spills, as well as against wear and tear. This will help the carpet extend its life.
- Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. With regards to caring for your carpet, maintenance is key. You’d have to vacuum through the entire surface area once a day, even if the carpet doesn’t look dirty. That’s because dirt and dust can easily build up on the base of the fibers, and if you don’t get to them soon, they’d become harder to remove plus they will increase the friction on your fibers (which will lead to faster wear and tear).
- Clean the carpets with a steam cleaner. A steam cleaner is one of the best tools for cleaning carpets, as it could effectively remove trapped odors and stains as well, without being too harsh on the carpet fibers. Steam-clean your carpet every two weeks, and do remember that you’d have to do this also within the first week that you lay down your carpet (don’t use detergents for this first time). Use only hot water and strictly follow manufacturer’s instructions for use.
- Spot-treat as needed. The best way to get rid of stains on the carpet? As soon as possible. Don’t wait for the spots to settle until they are next to impossible to remove. Also, never, ever rub or scrub stains: the key is to blot them gently, and then to gradually increase the liquid solution used on the spot until it starts to disappear. Most stains could effectively be removed by vinegar mixed with water, or by mild liquid detergent with water
- Put in area rugs in high-traffic areas. Determine which carpet areas are most frequented, and which are then most prone to becoming worn off easily. Then, place rugs in those areas: these rugs will protect specific spots of your carpet. (after all, it’s easier to replace small rugs than an entire carpet).
- Make it a rule: no stepping on the carpet with shoes on. It will take some discipline, but with consistent enforcement, everybody will get used to this right away. One way to make it easier on everybody is to supply clean bedroom slippers by the edge of the carpet.
There you have it! These are just some of the best ways to care for your new carpet. Doing these steps and being very careful to protect your carpet from elements that could possibly damage it will ensure that you won’t have to worry about having to replace your carpet for a long time. Remember: consistency and regular maintenance are key. Good luck, and hope this helped!