Carpet can be a wonderful luxury to have in any home. Stepping out of bed onto soft carpet is warm and inviting, even during cold winter months. Unfortunately, over time carpet can start to show wear and tear, especially in high traffic rooms like living rooms and entryways. Keeping your carpet looking like new can seem like an impossible task. Whether you have kids spilling food and drinks, a dog tramping mud through the home, or you entertain large groups of people frequently, the reality is your carpet bears the brunt of damages. If you want to keep your carpet looking new and smelling fresh, read on for some easy tips you can start enacting today.
Target High Traffic Areas
If you just invested in a beautiful new carpet, you want it to stay looking just as nice a year down the road. The first thing to turn your focus to is your home’s high traffic areas. This usually includes living rooms, carpeted stairs, and entryways. There are a few different ways you can help protect your carpet in these areas. First, consider investing in some area rugs. It is much easier to replace an area rug or runner that has been spilled on, crushed from foot traffic, and soiled than it is to replace the whole carpet.
Another option is to enact a no shoes in the house rule. This can be extremely beneficial if you have young kids in the home. Don’t track everything from the great outdoors into your home. Set up a shoe stand by the door and ask everyone to remove their shoes before entering the home.
Commit To Cleaning
It seems like it might go without saying, but vacuuming and basic cleaning is a necessity for keeping your carpets fresh. Not only does your home look nicer and smell fresher when you keep up with vacuuming and dusting, you also prevent damaging wear and tear on your carpet. Dirt and debris are abrasive and the longer they sit in your carpet, the more they will grind down and wear on your carpet’s fibers.
Avoid using carpet powders too often. Although they may seem like a quick fix for odor removal, they can actually harm your carpet when used too frequently. Even though you vacuum up most of the carpet powder, a residue will be left behind. This residue can build up over time when carpet powders are used on an ongoing basis.
Keeping your carpet in its original pristine state can be a difficult task. Ready for some more tips from our expert carpet cleaning team on how to keep your carpet looking like new? Read on for our best tricks.
Sop Up Spills
If you spill a glass of wine, don’t consider it a lost cause and leave the stain set in. Did Fido have an accident? Don’t leave the scene without cleaning up thoroughly. Try to tackle these spills and stains immediately. How you handle these stains will also affect the longevity of your carpet. Never rub a stain or spill. Place a cloth or paper towel on the spill to soak up the liquid. Then blot the stain using a safe cleaner. A great DIY stain remover is the combination of baking soda and vinegar. First blot the stain to remove liquid. Then pour some vinegar on the stain. Next apply some baking soda and let the baking soda soak up all the vinegar. Finally, vacuum up the baking soda solution.
Even if you try to treat your carpet with care, fraying will eventually happen. This is particularly true in homes with dogs or cats. Their claws can catch on carpet fibers and cause a fray. If your carpet frays, carefully trim the frayed area right away. Do not pull on a fraying piece of carpet, you will damage the carpet further. Use sharp scissors and trim the fray back down to an even level with the rest of the carpeting.
Schedule Steam Cleaning Services
When you invest in new carpet, you are investing in the value of your home. However, if that carpet looks crushed and dirty, the value will be lost. The best way to ensure you retain the value of new carpeting is to schedule steam cleaning one to two times a year, depending on the traffic in your home. If you have pets or children in the home, you may need to schedule carpet cleaning more frequently. Steam cleaning not only extracts hard to reach grime and dander, it also restores your carpets fibers. Steam cleaning is an excellent way to combat the crushing of your carpet fibers due to foot traffic. The high powered extraction will remove deeply embedded dirt and stains, even reaching the padding of your carpet. This will prevent the padding from becoming damaged over time by abrasive debris.
If you are trying to keep your carpet looking new and smelling fresh, talk to our team today. We will be happy to schedule an appointment with you for carpet cleaning in Arvada, Lakewood, Evergreen, or surrounding areas. Our technicians are trained in the latest industry techniques and will provide you with professional, efficient service. Have questions about our carpet cleaning process? Feel free to browse our FAQ page and contact us with any further inquiries.