Installing new carpeting is a big investment. As soon as the carpet installers leave, you start to wonder how you will make your carpet last especially with both kids and pets in the house. You don’t need to worry about the life of your carpeting as long as you take care of your carpets. Here are four ways to care for your carpet.
The first step to vacuuming correctly is to set a vacuuming schedule. You should vacuum high traffic areas twice a week and all other areas at least once a week. Vacuuming with this frequency ensures that little to no dirt is building up in the carpet’s fibers. Once you have set a vacuuming schedule, you should make sure you are using the vacuum correctly. To figure out the right way to use your vacuum, you will want to make sure it is at the right height. To find the right height, raise your vacuum to its highest setting, turn it on and lower it until you feel the vacuum tug forward. You should vacuum slowly and do two passes over high traffic areas.
The carpet pad can either extend your carpet’s life or cut its lifespan in half. Determining a high-quality carpet pad is not based on thickness, but density. The denser your carpet pad is, the longer the life of your carpet. A high-quality pad will have 3/8 to 1/2 thickness and a density/weight rating of at least 6 pounds. Cheap and low-density pads will only last a few years before you need to replace them. For higher traffic areas, the pad should be thinner and have a weight/density of 8 pounds or more. A high-quality carpet pad will prolong your carpet’s life and reduce how often you need to get a professional carpet cleaning.
Spills are bound to happen on your new carpets. How quickly you treat the spot will determine how long your carpets will last. Letting a spot set for too long will allow for it to get deep into your carpet’s fibers. The more liquid that gets to your carpet’s fibers, the weaker the fibers become. When your carpet’s fibers are too weak, your carpet will start to fall apart. Getting to a spot quickly will prevent the liquid from getting to the carpet fibers. It is best to first get rid of any excess liquids or solids of the spot. Once the excess is taken care of, you will want to blot from the inside of the spot to the outside. After you blot the spot, you should treat it with a spot remover.
One of the best ways to care for your carpet is to have a professional carpet cleaning done. Professional carpet cleaning treats your carpets the best and gets rid of stains and smells. Professional carpet cleaners offer services that will extend the life of your carpet. If you are ready to have your carpets cleaned, call the professionals at Kelly Klean. We make sure we leave your carpets in better condition than we found them.