There is a lot to love about carpet. The soft and plush flooring choice can make your home feel cozier and welcoming. It is a great flooring choice for many rooms in the house and great for kids, allowing them to play on the floor without being uncomfortable. Waking up in the morning and stepping onto nice, soft carpet is better than stepping out of bed onto cold tile or wood floors. But one thing we don’t like about carpet is how easily it can begin to look old and dingy.
When you invest in beautiful and soft carpet, you want it to last for years. You want your flooring choice to stay soft, keep its color, and to avoid stains. But carpet can be challenging to keep looking nice, especially with kids and pets, and other messy family members.
Luckily, there are many things you can do to keep your carpet looking better for longer. In this blog, we will give you tips to caring for your new carpet!
First, you must pick a good carpet. Picking a low quality carpet may cause it to look worse quicker. When you choose carpet from Paul Evans Carpet & Flooring, you know you will be getting the best quality carpet. With a huge selection of in-stock carpet options, you can get a better idea of the carpet you are adding to your home. Investing in a higher quality carpet may cost more, but in the long run it’ll pay off.
Another good idea when choosing a carpet is to pick a color that may hide stains better. A light colored carpet will show even the smallest stain and look dirtier sooner. A dark color carpet not only is unique and stylish, but it also will help keep you carpet looking clean and stain free.
The pad you choose is also important. Don’t just choose the thickest pad, choose a pad with the highest density. A high-quality pad will have a density rating of six pounds or higher. In high traffic areas, a density of eight pounds or higher can allow it to last longer.
If you need help finding the best quality carpet and pad, come in to Paul Evans Carpet & Flooring, our flooring experts can help you find the right carpet for your home.
The more you vacuum the longer your carpet will last. At the least, vacuum high traffic areas twice a week and the rest of your carpet weekly. For the best results, you want to make sure of a few things. First, make sure your vacuum is ready to do the best job possible. The brushes should be cleaned of hair and lint and should not be worn out. Replace the vacuum bag when the bag is three-quarters of the way full. If you have a bagless vacuum, change the filter every few months. This will help your vacuum have better suction and clean your carpets better. Be sure to go over your carpet slowly a few times, go over high-traffic areas more to help keep them looking nice.
No Shoe Policy
Once way to help keep your carpet nice and clean is to enforce a “no shoe” policy. Don’t allow shoes in your home or on your carpet. This will help to keep dirt and other grime your shoes pick up from outside off of your carpet. Leave a shoe mat or basket by your front door with a sign that asks guests to remove their shoes, this will help ensure people take their shoes off without you having to ask them to do so after they have walked over your carpet.
Cleaning your carpets with the hot-water extraction method is one of the best ways to remove soil and spots from your carpet. While you can do this yourself by renting a steam cleaner, if you want your carpet to get the best possible clean, hire a professional. While this is a great way to clean your carpets, if it was done wrong it can ruin your carpets, which is why you want to hire a professional. Make sure that the carpet cleaning company you choose is certified. If you feel confident in cleaning your carpets on your own, do so once or twice a year. It is also a good idea to hire a professional cleaning once a year, along with cleaning them yourself. This will lengthen the life of your carpet.
Cleaning your carpets with a rented cleaner should be done before your carpet gets super dirty. This will make it more difficult to get your carpet as clean as possible. Be sure to spot clean before as well, it should help you get stains out better.
Spot Clean Fast
Accidents happen. Whether your new puppy seems to be struggling with his house training lessons or your wine glass decides to splash some red wine onto your carpet, the best way to avoid a terrible stain is to act fast! Spot cleaning stains once they happen gives you a better chance of removing the entire stain. To learn more about stain removal and how to remove different types of stains, check out our previous blog!
If you have a room that allows for furniture rotation, this is a good way to keep your carpet from wearing out in certain areas. Plus, it is a fun and refreshing way to change up the look of your home. Moving the furniture in your home can change the pathways people take, moving the foot traffic from one area of the carpet to another, allowing for certain spots to avoid early wear and tear. Some rooms won’t allow this, so be sure to vacuum the high-traffic areas often to reduce the amount of wear.
Invest in Doormats
Doormats are a great way to keep more dirt outside. You dog can bring in mud and dirt from outside and track it through your home and onto your carpet. Leaving doormats by the doors can help to remove more of this dirt before it makes its way to your carpet. Doormats can also help if some of your guests don’t read the “no shoe” sign. Adding doormats both in and outside of your home is a great way to reduce the amount of dirt your carpet comes in contact with, allowing it to stay clean and nice longer.
There are many ways to keep your carpet looking clean and new for a longer period of time. Don’t give up on carpet because of how easily it can look old and be worn out. Instead, take care of your carpet with these steps. They can help keep your carpet looking clean and nice for years to come. Having carpet in your home is great and with proper care and maintenance, you will be able to enjoy it for a longer period of time.
At Paul Evans Carpet & Flooring, we can help your find the highest quality carpet and pad for your home. Our in-stock choice allow you to see more than just a small sample, while can help make the decision easier! Start shopping through our carpet choices and contact us today with any questions you may have.