Have you ever considered that how saving your carpet saves you money? You can avoid the major expense of carpet replacement by extending your carpet’s life expectancy. Good and frequent carpet care in your home can save you thousands down the road. Most manufacturers say carpet should last for 10 years with proper maintenance. Depending on the quality, foot traffic and condition of your carpet, professional carpet cleaning in addition to these 8 top tips may help you keep new carpet costs at bay for a just a little while longer.
#1 Stop Dirt at the Door
Tests show that it takes up to 17 steps before the soles of your shoes are clean. Dirty shoes make for dirty carpet. Over time, this tracked in soil sifts down into the carpet and will grind away at the fibers, eventually wearing it out. Keep the outside out and save your carpets from the almost 40 pounds of dust they can accumulate over the course of a year.
#2 Frequent Vacuuming
Experts agree that floors should be vacuumed at least once a week to prevent dust collection and dingy, worn carpets. The longer you neglect a soiled carpet and continue to walk on it, the more enmeshed the dirt and debris become. Pet parents may find more frequent vacuuming needed to pick up the pet dander, hair, and harmful bacteria that can keep a home from optimal health. Another secret, vacuum slowly allowing the vacuum cleaner to do its best work by vibrating carpet fibers and containing dust in the vacuum.
#3 Dust Daily
Daily dusting traps dirt and allergens before they land on the floor and embed themselves in your carpet. Another tip, keep your HVAC air filters clean. Air filters are designed to trap tiny particles that blow in from the outside air that comes into a house. Clogged air filters will blow dust and allergens not just on your furniture, but onto the carpets as well.
#4 Clean the Air Ducts
Air passes through your home’s HVAC system and into the air ducts. Dust, bacteria, and allergens are often trapped in this space and eventually make their way through your home’s air vents and onto the carpeting. Having your air ducts professionally cleaned helps reduce dust and improves air quality.
#5 Removing Carpet Stains
Vacuuming is not enough to keep your carpets healthy and vibrant. Removing carpet stains is key to the longevity of your home’s flooring. Knowing how to get rid of stains before they happen leads to timeliness. And time is of the essence with spills, pets stains, and muddy footprints If a spot stays in the fabric indefinitely it can oxidize into a permanent stain. Remember, carpeting is a delicate fabric. Always blot gently to remove a spill. Never rub or scrub.
#6 Rotate Furniture
Save your carpets and rugs from relentless high traffic. Rearranging furniture is more than feng shui, it’s a great way to protect and hide overexposed areas of your carpet. Give those areas a break by concealing them under a bed or table, revealing less worn areas of your floor.
#7 Carpet Stretching
Tired of tripping over bumps and wrinkles in the carpet? Not only are these ripples a safety hazard, but uneven carpet is a detriment to its lifespan as well. Carpets will develop uneven surfaces usually due to poor installation. Carpet stretching is the process of removing wrinkles, bumps, and bubbles that form on the surface of a carpet. When stretched properly with the appropriate equipment and a skilled carpet re-stretching professional, the stretching can easily be guaranteed for 10 years!
#8 Professional Cleaning
There is no better way to clean and sanitize your floors than by a professional cleaning. Not only does professional carpet cleaning help extend the life of your carpets, but it can help keep your home germ free.
Carpet Tech’s steam process is heated to over 220 °F, an inhospitable condition to the infectious lifespan of viruses. Carpet Tech’s hot water extraction process uses a wand to push steam into the carpet fibers. This hot water helps to loosen dirt from the rugs. The water and any loosened debris are then extracted.
Be sure to hire a professional carpet cleaning company with IICRC-certified technicians using proven and professional methods to give your carpets exactly what they need to exceed their expected lifespan. At Carpet Tech, we recommend a professional carpet cleaning every 4-6 months to adequately tackle the tough issues that your carpet may be facing, including kids, pets, weather, and germs.
When you are ready, please allow Carpet Tech to give you a custom carpet cleaning estimate.