From providing warmth and comfort in the colder months and, potentially, helping you save some money on your energy bills to softening slips and falls and absorbing sound – installing carpet in any area of your home is a great choice.
But it isn’t the cheapest one.
Installing carpet in your home is an investment, and if you really want to get your money’s worth, then you should learn how to care for it properly – so it can serve your home for years to come.
Discover five of the best carpet maintenance tips below!
1. Vacuum regularly
Hoovering up every couple of days is one of the most important parts of carpet maintenance.
How often you should do this depends on the amount of foot traffic the area receives.
High-traffic areas of the home, for example, will need to be vacuumed two or three times a week, whilst low-traffic areas will only need vacuuming once or twice a week.
Doing this will keep dirt and debris trodden in from outside from becoming embedded in the carpet fibres.
Run your vacuum over each area a couple of times and in different directions to pick up every last piece of dust and debris.
2. Clean up any spills immediately
Whether you have children and pets wreaking havoc or you’re just a little clumsy, spills are bound to happen at some point.
And it’s important you know how to deal with them.
The longer a spill is left to dry, the more likely it is to leave a stain behind.
The best way to clean up stains is to spot-treat them, by blotting any excess moisture up and covering the rest with a solution of warm water, washing up liquid, and a ¼ of a teaspoon of white vinegar.
Let this sit for around 10 minutes, and wipe away with a clean, soft microfibre cloth.
3. Don’t pull snags, clip them instead
As your carpet ages, it’s normal to find a couple of snags.
As tempting as it is to just pull them up, doing this can cause irreversible damage to your carpet, so you should avoid it at all costs.
If you come across any snags, clip them with a pair of scissors instead, as this will keep your carpet looking its best without unnecessary damage.
Just take care not to snip any other areas of your carpet.
4. Use mats in entryways and blinds in sunny areas of your home
Doormats and window blinds are the key to keeping your carpet looking bright and clean.
Placing mats in your entryways will help stop guests coming into your home from tracking in dirt and debris from outside and ruining your carpet fibres.
For extra protection, you could invest in a rug for higher traffic areas and consider installing blinds or curtains to shield your carpet from UV damage in particularly sunny areas of your home.
Over time, too much UV exposure can cause your carpet to discolour, so try to keep your blinds or curtains closed as much as possible to give your carpet the best chance of retaining its beautiful colour.
5. Have your carpet professionally deep cleaned once a year
The power of professional carpet cleaning should never be underestimated, and you should have one done at least once every year.
Hot water extraction – or steam cleaning – is what most professional carpet cleaners offer, and this will help lift dirt embedded deep in the carpet fibres and provide some much-needed sanitisation.
Need more expert carpet maintenance tips?
Whether you need more carpet maintenance tips, or you’re searching for a place to purchase a new carpet in St Helens, the LJV team would be more than happy to help.
They know everything there is to know and stock a selection of stunning, high-quality carpets that are perfect for any home.