Caring for Your Carpet: A Consumer’s Guide

vacuuming carpet

There are things you can do on a regular basis to protect your carpet and keep it looking its best for years to come. Here are some routine carpet care habits that you should get into:

  1. Carpet needs to be vacuumed at least once a week and more often than that if you have high traffic areas that get dirty quickly. Try to use the crevice tool around the baseboards at least twice a month.
  2. Not only should you vacuum often you should vacuum carefully; take your time and go over each section slowly several times. A good rule of thumb is that the thicker the pile of your carpet the longer it will take to vacuum. Plush carpeting needs slow, deep vacuuming to remove all the dirt and grit that can damage your carpet fibers.
  3. The right way to vacuum high traffic areas: go across them slowly, at least once vertically and once horizontally. High traffic areas usually include: hallways, areas near entrances or anywhere people are walking from one area to the next.
  4. You can add baking soda to your vacuum’s bag to deodorize your carpet.
  5. Place a washable, nylon backed mat by each entrance to avoid the influx of dirt from outside.
  6. Consider instating a no-shoe policy where the family should remove their shoes at the door. An alternative would be switching to “indoor shoes” when arriving home.
  7.  Move heavy furniture around from time to time, this will prevent any one section of the carpet from getting flattened or damaged over time.
  8. Consider putting carpet protectors under the legs of furniture, especially furniture with metal legs or wheels.
  9. If you use area rugs make sure to have them cleaned regularly. Check any rug to make sure it’s colorfast before placing it on your carpet. After cleaning an area rug, make sure it’s completely dry before you put it back on the carpet.
  10. Keep the sun off of your carpet as much as possible, continuous exposure to direct sunlight can fade the carpet’s color. Use blinds or curtains to dim the sun’s effects in a room.
  11. Change your vacuum’s bag often (or empty the canister) try to do it when you notice it is halfway filled. A vacuum with a fuller bag doesn’t function as efectively.

These are basic, common sense tips of how you can care for your carpet and protect your investment for years to come!