Like many things in life, things of value need care and preserving. Carpets fall into this category. As the most comfortable flooring option on the market, they require maintenance and continual upkeep so they will continue to look (and feel) great. But maintenance requirements don’t need to be seen as a major chore, since Bennetts Carpets share the secrets on easy and quick ways extend the life and protect your investment of the carpeted areas in your home or business in our latest post.
1. Get acquainted with your vacuum cleaner
It may sound obvious, but to keep carpets looking bright and clean they need regular vacuuming from a quality vacuum cleaner that has sufficient power. Three passes in lightly soiled areas will help to lift pile and remove dirt. High traffic areas need up to 5 passes firstly against the direction of the pile, and then finishing in its natural direction for a uniform look.
2. Spill something – get on it right away
While no carpet is completely stain proof, most have some form of stain resistance. The sooner you spot clean any area that has been soiled by a liquid the best results you’ll have when extracting the stain. Spot clean with warm water, mild laundry detergent and a clean cloth or sponge.
3. Professional steam cleaning to restore carpets
Depending on how many people live in your home, carpets require professional steam cleaning every 12 to 18 months to remove any oily residue and entrenched dirt that can dull their appearance. You’ll not only experience brighter and softer carpet, but you’ll also extend the life of your carpeted areas.
4. Door Mats and Rugs to prevent dirt build up
To avoid dirt being tracked onto the carpets in the first place door mats at each entry point to the home help to remove dirt from the soles of footwear. Mats however do also need to be cleaned or replaced from time to time. Rugs in high traffic areas help to protect against localised wearing, but also need to be cleaned and vacuumed regularly and the carpet pile underneath lifted.
5. Furniture Cups and coasters to stop indentation marks
It’s always a good idea to use furniture cups under heavy pieces of furniture as well as rearranging furniture from time to time to ease weight pressure on the carpet pile. We also recommend using furniture coasters under heavy furniture and furniture with wheels to equally distribute weight.
6. Use blinds, curtains or awnings
Carpeted areas exposed to direct sunlight should be protected through the use of blinds, curtains or awnings to prevent the colour and the appearance of the carpet fading. This is most important during summer and hotter periods of the day.
As the team of carpet enthusiasts here at Bennetts Carpets, we know to a carpet justice there are some responsibilities on the owner’s behalf. Fortunately these are quick and easy and by following them you can get the most out of choosing this flooring option. For carpets in Logan, the Redlands and the Brisbane area, Bennetts Carpets are the local name for homeowners to remember. Call us today on 1300 653 314