5 Care Tips on How to Make Your Carpet Flooring Last

Your Carpet Flooring

Being a very popular option in many United States residents, carpet flooring can come in varied patterns that capture various home designs. Carpet flooring is a bit easier to install than the rest and it’s usually more cost-effective. 

If you already have carpet flooring or are thinking of installing carpet in your home, make sure to always keep your carpet clean. A clean carpet will also reduce household allergens and dust, extend its longevity, as well as keep it looking new for a longer period of time.

5 Care Tips for Lasting Carpet

Want to ensure your carpets last longer and always look their best? Here are a few tips to consider when caring for your carpeted floors.

Annual Deep Cleaning

Annual deep cleaning brings many benefits when you are trying to keep your carpet in tip-top condition. By scheduling a deep clean every 12 to 18 months, you can prevent stain damage that occurs overtime in the high traffic areas of your carpet. The regular upkeep will add value to your home, reduce household and pet odors, and enable you to keep your family healthy. Also, a beautiful home to impress your visitors is a great plus too!

Regularly Vacuum

Going too long without vacuuming your carpets will begin to damage them. Dry soil type dirt can easily be removed by vacuums. Depending on the area of your home, some areas may need extra special attention. Vacuuming techniques can make a difference in places that experience more foot traffic in your home. 

For example, some places may need a quick clean while others require you to take more time. For the areas that experience the most contact with dirt, it’s important to go slowly over the spot in multiple different directions in order to get the job done right. To keep your carpet looking it’s absolute best, a quality vacuum is essential. Hardwood floor vacuums are great for removing dirt from your carpet.

Carpet Care with Pets

Unfortunately, pets can be quite messy. Pet odor is a common issue in many homes who have furry friends. There are ways you can treat your carpet to reduce unwanted smells and believe it or not baking soda is helpful. Steps to take to battling pet odor include:

  • Keep your pet away from the area you are cleaning with baking soda. Too much baking soda can be toxic to pets.
  • Sprinkle baking soda over the carpet you wish to clean.
  • Allow baking soda to sit overnight. This will absorb bad smelling odors.
  • After letting it sit, vacuum your carpets thoroughly.
  • Once vacuumed, pets can be allowed back in the area.

If baking soda doesn’t completely remove the odor, renting a carpet cleaning machine to do a deep clean can finish the job. It’s important to avoid steam cleaners because the heat that they produce can set odor and stains permanently into your carpet.

Use Mats and Ditch the Shoes

More often than not, we track in dirt from outside as we enter our homes. All over your carpet you may find gritty soil from your shoes if you wear them in your home. It is common for people to have family and guests leave their shoes at the door to solve the problem, but another way to help get dirt and debris off the shoes of those who enter your home is to provide mats at the entry ways. Having both an outdoor and indoor mat, allow you to wipe off your shoes twice in case you miss any dirt after using your outdoor mat. 

To ensure your mats don’t have trapped dirt that is making your shoes even dirtier when you wipe them off, make sure you are vacuuming and cleaning them as well as your carpets. 

Stains and Spills

Addressing a stain immediately is essential when taking care of spills. The way you clean spills and the time frame in which you take care of them can have an effect on whether your stain could be permanent. Many spills can be cleaned using a blotting technique with water and a towel. 

By being educated on how to treat different stains and methods that work best, you will save time and be able to immediately remove them before any damage is done. From drink stains, pet stains, ink stains and more, be prepared for any mess that you may encounter.

More Carpet Care Recommendations

  • Avoid Pulling on Carpet Snags Don’t pull on the snags you may come across in the carpet. You should instead use a pair of scissors to clip the snag so it is even in length with the other fibers.
  • How to Remove Furniture Dents A helpful tip we recommend for removing dents caused by furniture is to rub the edge of a quarter across your carpet them to encourage the fibers to stand back up.

Holmes Flooring offers numerous carpet flooring designs available for your selection. We have many other types of custom flooring options to choose from as well. Choose a design that is not only cost-friendly in installing but easy to maintain too. If you’re in the greater Birmingham area,  look to Holmes Flooring for expert advice and a free in-home consultation.