5 Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Your Carpet
Carpet is a great flooring option for any room in your home. It's soft and inviting, it comes in a wide variety of colors and styles, and it can last for many years with the right care. From vacuuming regularly to dealing with spills quickly, here are five simple ways to extend the life of your carpet.
Regular vacuuming helps remove dirt, dust, and debris from carpets before they have a chance to settle into the fibers. For maximum effectiveness, vacuum your carpets at least twice per week—more often if you have pets or young children who track in mud from outside. Make sure you use the correct settings on your vacuum: too much suction can cause damage over time.
Deal With Spills Immediately
Cleaning up spills quickly is key for extending the life of your carpet. As soon as something is spilled on your carpet, blot (not rub!) it up with a clean cloth or towel as soon as possible. If you're dealing with something like wine or juice, try mixing one part white vinegar with four parts warm water and applying it directly to the stain before blotting it up.
Have Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned Annually
Professional carpet cleaning not only cleans deep down into carpets but also helps sanitize them by killing bacteria that can lead to odors and stains over time. Professional cleaners also have access to specialized equipment that can help remove tough spots and stains that regular cleaning won’t be able to reach or remove completely.
Clean Up Pet Accidents Quickly
Pets are family members too—but accidents happen! If your pet has an accident on your carpet, make sure you clean it up quickly with a damp cloth or paper towels; don't use anything abrasive because this could cause permanent damage to your carpet's fibers. Once you've blotted up as much of the mess as possible, mix two cups of water with two tablespoons of white vinegar and apply this solution directly to the affected area before blotting again until dry.
Lay Down Rugs In High-Traffic Areas
High-traffic areas such as hallways tend to show wear faster than other parts of the house due to constant foot traffic—and this wear can be hard on carpets over time if left unprotected. You can easily protect high-traffic areas by placing rugs or mats in these locations that will absorb some of this foot traffic and reduce wear on those areas of your carpeting.
Taking good care of your carpets is essential for longevity; luckily there are plenty of easy ways to keep them looking their best without breaking a sweat!
Do you have questions on the best carpet flooring for your home? Contact our team at Norman's in Stuttgart!