Sunday, January 11, 2015

Six Ways to Keep Your Carpet Looking Newer Longer

It's the same story. You find the perfect carpet, order it, have it installed, and are thrilled with the results. Then, a couple of years later, it looks dingy or stained. You don't want to look at it, or you feel embarrassed when you have guests, even though it's not that old. Instead of going through this vicious cycle, just follow these (mostly) DIY tips to keep your wall-to-wall looking newer for longer.

1. Keep it clean. This one seems like a no brainer, but sometimes the most obvious solution is the one that's the most neglected. Not only should you vacuum regularly (two to five times a week for high traffic areas), but you should also have it professionally cleaned every six to nine months, even if it doesn't look like it needs it. Remember to move furniture to reach hidden spots.

2. Treat immediately. If something spills, treat it quickly and properly. Always follow the manufacturer's suggestions for treating that particular spill. Other methods may stain or otherwise damage the fabric on your particular floor. Never rub too hard trying to get out a stain. You can damage and twist the fibers, which will age the carpet.

3. Snip, don't pull. When you snag a fiber or spy a string, the automatic reaction is to pull it out. However, your carpet isn't a stray eyebrow. Instead of pulling and putting stress on the foundation, grab your scissors and cut the strand. This will eliminate the eyesore without adding any unnecessary damage.

4. Lay down protection. Area rugs and runners can add style, flair, and a pop of color to living rooms and hallways, which are often some of the most highly trafficked areas. By adding a layer of protection, you increase life span and keep your floors looking like they were just installed. However, remember to periodically vacuum under them to get any dirt and dust that falls through.

5. Lay out the welcome mat. There's a reason people started using welcome mats, and it's so that their guests and their family members could wipe the dirt and dust from their shoes before entering a home. One mat outside the door is good, but placing a second one directly across the threshold is better. If someone comes in with messy shoes, the shoes can be removed from the feet without soiling the floors and without leaving your loved one out in the cold with no shoes on. Then, the shoes can be carried inside for cleaning.

6. Go barefoot. The best way to keep your floors looking their best is to reduce as much wear as possible. Eliminating shoe tread that puts pressure on, pulls, and soils fibers will help reduce the amount of daily damage.

By following these simple steps, you can save yourself the hassle of carpet replacement and the costs of frequent turnover. While we all know that keeping our floors clean will help them look better, perhaps many haven't considered that looking better means keeping longer.

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