Carpet is a popular choice of carpet across the world, offering comfort, warmth, and quiet. But it can be difficult to keep in good condition, particularly when laid in an area with high foot traffic. In this article, we’ll explore our top tips for carpet care, so that you can keep your carpet looking fresh and buoyant, and extend its life.
Vacuum regularly, and invest in a good vacuum cleaner
Dirt and dust is abrasive, and as it builds up your carpet’s fibres, it will eventually wear them down until they’re thin and lifeless. For this reason, regular vacuuming is one of the best things you can do to keep your carpet looking fresh.
When you’re vacuuming, pay close attention to areas that get a lot of foot traffic, as these are likely to be the dirtiest. If you’re serious about carpet care and keeping your carpet in good shape, you should also go over the carpet a couple of times to pick up any missed dirt.
With dust and dirt being so damaging to carpet, and vacuuming the easiest way to remove it, you might consider investing in a high-quality vacuum cleaner. Take some time to read through the reviews for the best-rated cleaners on the market, being sure to pick a model that has high suction power to easily collect dirt. Usability is important too—by picking a vacuum that is easier to use, you’re more likely to complete the job.
No matter how good your vacuum cleaner is, it won’t pick up dirt that has been caked into the carpet. The only way to thoroughly clean your carpet is with steam cleaning, which is recommended every 12-18 months to keep the carpet in good condition1. You’ll need to hire a professional to complete the job, but because steam cleaning extends the life of your carpet, you may end up saving money in the long run.
As with vacuuming and steam cleaning, doormats are a way to protect your carpet from excess dirt, which is wiped onto the doormat before entering the room. They’re an important component of carpet care, and come in a range of sizes and designs, so you can pick one that matches your home’s look.
Ask people to take their shoes off
Though it might seem a little extreme (and maybe even a bit embarrassing), asking your guests to take their shoes off is an important way to prevent dirt from getting into your carpet and breaking down its fibres. You might even explain to your guests how you’re trying to keep your beautiful carpet looking fresh.
The hard edges and heaviness of furniture can easily create scuff marks on carpet, which is why it’s essential to purchase some pads/coasters for every piece of furniture in the room. With these in place, you won’t have to worry about chairs and tables constantly being shunted around and ruining your carpet.
Protect from direct sunlight
Direct sunlight can be punishing, especially in Australia. If your home gets direct sunlight, and it hits areas of your carpets for prolonged periods, you should consider keeping your blinds or curtains closed until it passes, to prevent the sunlight from discolouring the carpet and damaging its fibres.
Rugs can be a little hardier than carpet, so are a great way to protect it, particularly for busy areas that get a lot of foot traffic.
Carpet Care Tips – Carpet Maintenance & Carpet Care Tips, Godfrey Hirst