Have you ever wondered how to make your brand new carpet last for as many years as possible? By following just a few simple carpet care tips, you could easily save money on replacements in the future. In this article we’ll be taking a look at the top carpet care tips that will give your carpet the longest lifespan.
1. Adopt a No Shoes Policy
One thing that a lot of people tend to do that can completely ruin a carpet is wearing shoes indoors. When shoes are worn indoors, all dirt and bacterial matter from outside will become embedded into your carpet, reducing its lifespan. An easy way to enforce this newfound no shoes policy, is to place a sign near the entryway of your home politely asking guests to remove their shoes. A shoe rack would also be excellent, allowing for your guests and household members to have somewhere to place their shoes. No shoes in your home helps your carpet to last longer, and makes for a healthier indoor environment.
2. Vacuum Frequently
The second most important item on our list of of carpet care tips is buying, maintaining, and using a good vacuum cleaner. One of the best methods for cleaning your carpet at home in fact happens to be vacuuming. Aside from stains, this will remove a majority of particles that would otherwise ruin your carpet. It is recommend by professionals to vacuum carpets at least two or three times per week on average in order to maintain their quality. Vacuuming should not be prolonged for too long; after some time the dirt and grime that has collected in the carpet will be too much for the vacuum to successfully remove. Sand & soil particulates will work themselves deep into the base of the carpet fibers, grinding and wearing your carpet much faster. We suggest a high suction, HEPA filtration vacuum with a really good beater bar/brush.
3. Have your Carpets Cleaned Professionally
Another important tip for maintaining your carpets are having them cleaned professionally at least every 18 months. If children or pets are in the home, more often.
The carpet cleaning method should be hot rinse water extraction in most cases, which will help to prolong the life of your carpet. Professionals would all agree that this is the safest and most thorough type of carpet cleaning available today. This method involves commercial HEPA pre-vacuuming, hot, pressurized water with cleaning solution being shot into the carpet and then immediately vacuumed up into holding tanks. If performed properly, there should be no cleaning or soil residues left behind.
A truck-mounted cleaning system is considered the most effective method for this type of professional cleaning. Hotter water and higher pressure can be applied to the carpet, providing an even deeper cleaning. It is recommended to have this type of deep cleaning done on your carpets every 12-18 months, or at least 2-4 times per year in high traffic areas of your home.
If you are looking to restore the luster and beauty of your carpet and upholstery, or just concerned about your carpet’s health in general, now is the time to do something about it.
Contact True North Cleaning Professionals today with any questions, a free quote, and to schedule cleaning throughout your home.