Everyone loves new carpet…I do too and I have several tips that will help keep your carpet looking newer, longer. Carpet is a relatively low-maintenance flooring, but it does need some love and attention to keep it looking its best.
Soil gets tracked onto your carpet by your pets, your feet, your shoes, the air flow from your air ducts… you name it, it’s probably bringing dirt into your home. It might be hard to believe but vacuuming regularly will pull up to 75% of the dirt and soils out of your carpet. Pulling this stuff out of the carpet is instrumental in keeping the carpet looking new for longer. So the question is, how often should you vacuum? Ask yourself some questions to determine how often you need to vacuum. Do you smoke? Do you cook a lot? How many people and pets are in your home? I like to vacuum at least once a week, but if you have lots of foot traffic, I suggest vacuuming two to three times a week. Also, I recommend banning shoes from carpeted areas. Have family and guests remove their shoes when they come in.
Groom Your Carpet
I love the look of newly raked carpet! Grooming your carpet by raking will remove the vacuum marks and footprints and eliminate the crushed or matted look of carpets. Take this step before vacuuming heavy traffic areas and definitely employ this technique after vacuuming, to allow your carpet to rest in a position that your carpet was intended for. Carpet naturally wants to mat and flatten and if you leave it that way, vacuuming is less effective. Raking the carpet will open up the fibers to expose more soil to be vacuumed up.
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Attend to Snags
Carpets, especially berber, can get snagged or torn. Never pull at the loose carpet fiber because it will make the situation worse! If you have a snag, I suggest that you grab a pair of scissors and carefully trim the carpet snag back to the base of the backing. This prevents further damage to your carpet.
Clean up Spills
Sometimes when I have gatherings, things get spilled. It just happens. It is so important to take care of the spill right away so it doesn’t become an unsightly stain on your beautiful carpeting. Blot up the excess liquid right away. If you find that there is any discoloration, use a carpet stain/spot remover to reduce staining. You will want to use a clean white towel to blot and you may need to repeat it a few times. After completing the carpet care, rinse the solution so it doesn’t act as a soil magnet and create more soiling. I suggest using a spray bottle of water and another clean towel.
Attend to heavy foot traffic areas
It is very important to give extra attention to heavily trafficked areas. Plan to shampoo your carpet throughways every month or two. Another way to protect the carpet in heavy traffic areas is to use runners and rugs. Quality rugs and runners will do wonders for protecting your carpeting and keep it looking new. You will want to vacuum the backs of those rugs at least once a year. You might be able to wash small rugs on the delicate cycle, but you will want to treat these beautiful rugs the same way as your carpet—with regular vacuuming and quickly cleaning up spills.
The care I’ve described above will keep your carpets looking healthy for longer… but you still need to have a professional carpet cleaning for your whole house every once in awhile. I suggest having one done once a year. Spring is a great time to get this done, as it gives you an opportunity to get all the winter dirt and grime out of your carpet.
What’s your best tip for keeping carpets looking like new?