A carpet is a good investment which is why you need to do what you can to make it last longer. With the benefits, added appeal, and comfort that beautiful carpets provide to your home, you would not want them to get ruined right away. You especially need to pay attention to carpets that are placed in high traffic areas and get a lot of activity because they tend to wear out sooner.
Here are the top five ways you can increase your carpet’s lifespan:
- Regular vacuuming and taking care of your vacuum cleaner
Vacuum your carpet at least two times a week. If you have children or pets, aim to vacuum daily. Focus on places that get high traffic every day. Before attaching anything to your vacuum cleaner, make sure the brush is clean. When your vacuum cleaner bag is already half full, it’s time to replace it to maintain its efficiency. Change the brush as well when needed.
- Walk-off mats are important
Make sure to place a walk-off mat at every entry point of your house so that people will automatically rub their feet and leave dirt behind. The mat should be strong enough to withstand the dirt you will be putting on it to avoid contamination. The mat also needs to be heavy enough that it will stay flat on the ground, with a rubber pad to avoid bunching. The mat will need to be cleaned every so often so it would help if you get a mat that’s easy to wash.
Aside from the entry areas, it’s a good idea to position mats in areas between rooms with carpets. You can also place a mat in the kitchen so that people can wipe off oil spills and scraps of food that may have stuck to their shoes.
- Get rid of spills and stains right away
Once you see something spill on your carpet, act right away. A general spot cleaning solution is good to have in the house for situations like these to get spills off immediately. You can also check our stain removal articles to guide you on the best methods for removing minor stains.
- Get professionals to reapply stain and soil resistant treatment
Even if you’ve done this before, the cleaning process can lessen its effectiveness. After having your carpet professionally cleaned, have it treated once again with soil and stain resistant products.
- Professional carpet cleaning every year
A lot of people wait until their carpet is practically unrecognizable before they have their carpet cleaned. This is bad news for the carpet as abrasive particles that get stuck because of oil residues can cause damage. When the oil has already settled deep in the carpet, even vacuuming will not be able to remove it. With regular professional cleaning, you can help prevent oil residues from compressing and clumping together in the carpet. Carpet manufacturers recommend professional carpet cleaning every 12 months for carpets that are not very dirty and every 3-6 months for homes with children or pets. When it’s time to clean your carpets, trust only the best. AIM Property Solutions has teams of carpet cleaning and stain removal experts who will give your carpet the best care possible.
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