Once you’ve installed a brand new carpet into a room or across the home, it can be tempting to think it will remain looking as plush and beautiful forever. Unfortunately that is not the case.
Like any new product it will begin to see signs of wear and tear over time and just because you can’t see it immediately, that doesn’t your carpet doesn’t need to be cleaned on a regular basis!
We understand that most people aren’t carpets experts and will need some guidance on how to care for your new carpet. Below are four key areas to keep an eye on to ensure it remains in tip-top shape.
This is a natural occurrence that happens with every new carpet, due to the loose fibres left behind after manufacturing. It is important to remember that shedding doesn’t mean your new carpet is in bad shape or starting to fall apart.
With increased traffic across the carpet these fibres will slowly bring themselves to the surface. Any shedding that occurs will only be for a short period and simply vacuuming the carpet will help to remove the fibres from sight.
The positioning of furniture onto a carpet means the fibres are eventually crushed underneath if they are left in the same position for too long. Heavier items can also leave permanent depression marks in the carpet if not protected properly. The best way to avoid this happening is to add feet cups to the furniture where possible, and move the furniture on a frequent basis.
However, this doesn’t mean completely re-arranging the layout of the room every few weeks. Simply moving the furniture a few inches either side should be enough. Using a finger to fluff a carpet depression is usually enough to bring back its shape. If not, try lightly wetting the area and fluffing with your fingers and drying it out with a hair dryer.
High traffic areas
Areas that experience high traffic will require more care and maintenance. This includes areas such as hallways, staircases, living rooms, landings and bedrooms. This will lead to more dirt and soiling of the carpet that comes from natural day-to-day life at home.
The use of rugs is one of the best ways to help protect carpets that are exposed to higher levels of traffic. They will help maintain the integrity of the material and prolong the life of the carpet. When it comes to cleaning, make sure to remove the rugs to avoid crushing the fibres underneath. Frequent vacuuming in these areas will also help to maintain the lifespan of the carpet.
Regular cleaning of your carpet will help keep it in good shape for a longer period of time. Vacuuming high traffic areas at least once a week is the minimum activity that should be implemented across the home. This will help to remove any hair and dirt that naturally builds up from day-to-day activities in the home.
For pet owners, vacuuming is important to remove any microscopic allergens that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Cleaning stains off the carpet will require different products depending on what needs to be removed. It is also helpful to have a good product to hand that deals with odours created by your pet(s).
Spot treat stains as quickly as possible to ensure they do not permanently mark the carpet. A combination of water and a mild detergent should be more than enough. Having your carpet professionally cleaned every so often will rejuvenate the fibres. Some homeowners own vacuum cleaners that can steam clean the carpet, but if not, hiring a professional firm can do wonders for the floor.