New carpeting looks great in any home, but if you want to keep it that way, it’s important to know the best ways to maintain and keep your carpet clean to add longevity and preserve its appearance. This can be especially challenging in homes with young children or pets, but it can be done with diligence and routine cleaning tips.
Ø Set up a regular vacuuming schedule. Once weekly is recommended by carpeting experts. Not only will this keep your carpet clean, but will collect dust, allergens, and pet dander. Regular vacuuming also prevents dirt from settling deeper into the fibers and potentially sinking into the padding or flooring below.
Carpeting experts recommend an annual steam cleaning to maintain a fresh, clean carpet. Many homeowners today own small version steam cleaners, but use with caution. Over-cleaning or steaming your carpeting can reduce its durability and longevity.
Deal with stains immediately. It’s common for some to grab a towel orover a brush and scrub at the stain, but it’s recommended that it be blotted instead. After the liquid or dirt is blotted, a spray-on carpet cleaner recommended for the type of carpet you have works well for most. However, make sure that whatever you use is recommended by the carpet manufacturing company so that you don’t end up with a bigger stain (or fading) than you started with.
Discuss the recommended thickness of padding that goes underneath the new carpeting before it installation with your carpet installers and/or manufacturer. Make sure that the padding you opt for (especially if different than recommended) does not void the carpet warranty.
Removing shoes upon entry is another way to maintain and keep a clean carpet, but it is not an ideal suggestion for everyone, especially seniors. Some carpet experts recommend that an indoor and outdoor mat be placed in front of and behind entryways to reduce the potential of tracking dirt into the home. Runners over high traffic areas can also help to protect your carpet.
If you notice a snag or loose carpet fiber, use a scissors to trim it at the base. Whatever you do, resist pulling on it, which can cause unsightly and never-ending unraveling.
If you have a central heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system in your home, change out the air filters every three months, (every two months if you have indoor pets) to help not only with air purity, but removing as many dirt, dust, and other particles from the air, which may also benefit the health and wellness not only of your family but your carpeting.
Consider area rugs in rooms such as dining room, living room, or even bedrooms to help protect the carpeting from constant, daily wear and tear and foot traffic. Area rugs can reduce telltale high traffic ‘trails’, especially in hallways.
The best ways to maintain and keep your carpet clean is to practice diligent and routine maintenance. If you in the Indiana area, give Pro Sand Flooring a call for the best in Indianapolis carpet.