There is really no way around it – carpets are expensive to install and expensive to maintain. However, just like going to the dentist to prevent cavities and other harmful dental carries, like gum disease and gingivitis, you must get your carpet clean to prevent not only stains, but also mold, dust, dander and other pollutants that might be hiding in your carpet. Not only that, but if you want to make your carpet last, you are going to need to get proactive about taking the necessary measures to keep your carpet looking fresh and new – there is nothing like walking barefoot on a newly cleaned carpet. Here are 5 ways to extend the life of your carpet.
- If you don’t vacuum your carpet regularly, dirt and soil can start to get buried deeper and deeper inside it. It is recommended to vacuum at least twice a week. This will get rid of up to 85% of all the dirt that tracks into the home. If you want to get rid of more dirt and soil, it might be wise to get a high-powered vacuum.
- Make sure people take their shoes off before they enter the home. In Japan, it is customary for people to take off their shoes before they enter a home. There are a number of practical reasons for this, especially in the big city where you can bring a panoply of germs into the house with you. When it comes to preserving your carpet, it would be wise to ask guests to take off their shoes and leave them by the door. You might even be able to get a small shoe rack.
- Get rid of stains right away. If you spill a glass of wine or drop a melting hot chocolate chip cooking on the carpet and you don’t clean the stain right away, it will stick around for the long haul – even if you choose to clean it later. Make sure that you don’t use any harsh chemicals, like bleach – a baking soda and water solution should work just fine – and always dab, never rub.
- Get your carpets steam washed by a professional carpet cleaning company every six months. Again, just like you visit your dentist every six months, you should also get your carpets professionally cleaned. This will get rid of any bad smells, mildew, and stains. If will also keep your carpet fresh looking and comfortable to walk on.
- Put an area rug on your carpet. If you know that a particular area of your house gets a lot of foot traffic, like in the living room – especially around the main couch – you might want to purchase a large area rug to prevent the carpet from getting worn down. Your bare feet might be dangling off the couch, but if they are digging into the carpet – over the course of a year you will start to notice areas of wear and tear. This is also a great chance to add an extra aesthetic element to your home too.