7 Ways to Make Your Carpet Last Longer
If you’ve just installed a brand new carpet, you’re probably wondering how you can make it last as long as possible. We all know that installing a brand new carpet can be expensive – that’s why we’ve compiled a list of 7 ways to make your carpet last longer.
Take Off Your Shoes
You might think that people who enforce this rule in their household are just being uptight – but there’s actually good reason for this rule. Wearing your shoes on your carpet means tracking in dirt and debris, and also more wear and tear on the carpet fibers themselves. Save yourself some spot cleaning and add a few extra years of life onto your carpet by having guests take off their shoes when they come in the house.
You can’t really vacuum too often, especially if areas of your home see lots of foot traffic. You should be vacuuming at least once a week, if not more, to remove dirt and gunk that can otherwise adhere to your carpet and cause permanent damages.
Remove Stains Fast
If you’ve dropped food on the dining room carpet, don’t wait until after the meal (and definitely not the next morning) to remove the stain. The longer a stain sits,the more likely it will become irreversible. When spot cleaning, make sure to avoid rubbing or scrubbing (this will damage the carpet fibers), and instead dab or blot at the spot.
Get Creative With Your Furniture
Moving your furniture around is not only fun, but it’s also good for your carpet. By moving couches and chairs, you’re also altering the normal pattern of foot traffic. A new look for your living room also means taking stress off of the more worn out areas of your carpet, distributing wear evenly throughout the entire space.
Call in the Professionals
It’s true that many carpet warranties require professional cleaning every 18-24 months. If you have an area of your home that sees a lot of use or is frequently muddied up by pets, kids, or dirty work boots, then you should be cleaning that area more often. We recommend having a professional carpet cleaning service clean your carpets and upholstery so as to ensure maximum longevity.
Invest in High Quality Equipment
Not only is the frequency of your vacuuming important, but it’s better to have a vacuum that is high enough quality to ensure a deep, thorough cleaning. Make sure your vacuum chamber is clean to allow maximum airflow, and that your fan belt and brushes are clean and able to turn freely. While cordless stick vacuums boast great prices and no annoying cords, they also don’t have the suction power of a traditional vacuum cleaner.
Know the Right Way to Vacuum
Vacuuming doesn’t just involve going over an area of your carpet willy nilly – it involves a bit of technique, too. Make sure to vacuum over tough spots more slowly, and to go make multiple passes in different directions. Most vacuums also come with a height adjustment feature, allowing you to raise or lower the suction head so that it gets close enough to suction up the most dirt.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our 7 ways to make your carpet last longer. Did we leave something out? If you have a personal favorite carpet cleaning tip, comment below to share.