If you’ve got wall to wall carpeting in your home then you’ll know that it probably made quite a large dent in your wallet when you had it installed. Like any large investment, it makes sense to care and protect it in order to retain its beautiful appearance and the warm, cosy feeling that it lends to your home.
Here are 4 essential steps to take in order to improve the longevity of your carpet.
Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum
I guess you’ve got the message by now. The most important part of carpet care is to vacuum as often as you can – once a day if possible, but a minimum of once a week.
Vacuuming removes the gritty particles that get carried in on the bottom of shoes. It prevents it from settling within the fibres. If you’ve ever wondered why a carpet goes flat, it’s because the dirt and grit get trodden in by foot traffic and this damages the fibres, causing them to be sliced or cut. Regular vacuuming also helps remove the pet hairs, particles of sand, small bugs, and flakes of skin that sink to the bottom of your carpet. You probably weren’t aware but your carpet acts like a filter collecting all the small particles that float around in the air.
Clean up spillages immediately
Accidents do happen and when a spillage occurs it’s vital that it’s cleaned up immediately. Leaving the spots or stains to sit will become permanent and are very difficult or even impossible to remove. Try to remove stains or spills using clean cold water. First of all, and remember never to rub the stain as this will spread it. Instead, blot with a white paper towel or cloth. In the event of pet ‘accidents’, it’s best to call out the professionals. We have the necessary chemicals and cleaning techniques to rid you of the smell.
Book a professional carpet clean
Many people don’t realise the importance of hiring a professional, certified, and competent cleaner to give their carpet a clean. Most carpet manufacturers recommend hot water extraction and suggest a time frame of at least once a year. If you wait until your carpet looks dirty, then you’ve left it too long!
Re-apply carpet protector after cleaning
Many carpets these days are pre-treated with a protective coating that offers resistance to stains. Over time, due to chemicals used in cleaning or through general wear and tear, the protective coating wears off. This will cause your carpet to become more susceptible to permanent stains. Ask your carpet cleaner if they can apply a protective coating for you. It may cost, but it’s money well spent in our opinion.