At All Floors Design Centre, we recommend frequent care and maintenance to keep your new carpet looking beautiful and feeling plush. Even if you don’t have a lot of time to invest in upkeep, you can ensure your carpet’s longevity just by following a simple and easy care and maintenance routine.
Step One: Protect Your Entrances
Place walk-off doormats and area rugs at every entrance to your home. These passive protectors catch soil tracked in on the bottoms of shoes, protecting your carpet from harmful grit for just a few dollars.
A Good Vacuum is a Must
A good vacuum cleaner can be your carpet’s best friend. Buy a quality vacuum and use it regularly. There have been significant improvements to vacuum cleaners in the past few years, making them easier to use and better at doing their job. They’ve gotten lighter in weight, stronger in suction, and are loaded with convenience features. There are even unattended robotic vacuums that can do the work while you’re sleeping!
A thorough vacuuming removes loose dirt and dust from your carpet’s fibers. Over time, these particles can dull your carpet’s appearance. Frequent vacuuming maintains the beauty of your floor covering and extends its life.
How to Treat Spills
Treat all spills as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more a liquid will soak into your carpet’s fibers and the greater the odds that it will become a stain. Immediately blot up as much of the liquid or debris as possible with a dry cloth or paper towel. Don’t rub or scrub the area, as this damages the fibers and may create a permanent scar.
Use warm water to rinse the stained area completely. Avoid hot water, which can set the stain and make it difficult or impossible to remove. Press a clean cloth into the carpet to soak up moisture. If a stain remover is needed, blot up any excess moisture before applying. Then, work gently and do not over-apply the stain remover. Next, thoroughly rinse the area with warm water before absorbing the excess dampness with a clean cloth once more. After your carpet has dried, vacuum to restore its texture and appearance.
Thorough Cleaning Calls for a Pro
Unfortunately, time and traffic will inevitably take their toll on your carpet. To protect your investment, annual or semi-annual deep cleaning by a reputable, professional cleaner is key.
Your Manufacturer Knows Best!
Keep in mind that carpet should be treated like any textile product. Be sure to read the care and maintenance literature provided by the manufacturer before starting any cleaning routine. Different fibers, styles and finishes can each have their own unique guidelines. Consistent upkeep and periodic professional cleaning will keep your carpet beautiful, inviting and durable for years to come.