Installing a new carpet on your floor is a substantial investment, and, it’s heartbreaking to see your new carpet wear out, within a few months time.It is not always possible to replace the old carpet with a new one.
Here are some guidelines to extend the life of your carpet:
1) Preventive Measures
- It is a good practice to use a floor mat before stepping on the carpet. This will remove soil, moisture and debris off of your shoes. The floor mat itself can become a source of dirt if you do not clean it regularly. So, don’t be lazy to clean it.
- Avoid using sharp edged object like knife and scissors while seated on the carpet. Look out for children with sharp objects.
- Use quality pads under your carpet. They not only provide flexibility but also help to prolong the life of your carpet.
- If possible, avoid placing your carpet in direct sunlight. UV rays from direct sunlight can fade the color of your carpet.
- Relocating your furniture frequently can leave dents on your carpet. Put some ice cubes into the dent to remove them.
2) Vacuum regularly
- Vacuum your carpet regularly to keep it clean. Cleaner the carpet, longer its life.
- Vacuum frequently in high traffic areas as they accumulate more dust.
- Use high quality and the right type of and vacuum cleaners for your carpet. The low quality ones will not be able to remove dirt and particles embedded in the carpet.
3) Removal of Spills
- The moment you see a stain on your carpet, you should remove it ASAP! Older stains are hard to remove.
- Use a spoon or a dull knife for removing the solid dirt and detergent for the remnants.
- Use water to rinse the affected area by moving the vacuum back and forth.
- If your detergent cannot work its magic, use spot removal solvent to get rid of the stains and spills.
- If the color of your carpet fades due to the use of the solvent, stop using it and consult a professional.
- After applying the solvent, place a wet towel in the affected area and leave it overnight.
- If the solvent doesn’t remove the stain, moisten the area with 3% hydrogen peroxide and leave it for 1 hour. Blot the spot and repeat as required but do not rinse.
- Some stains cannot be removed no matter how hard you try. Seek professional help for these kinds of stain.
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