Finding the carpet or rug of your décor dreams can be quite a journey. When you’ve invested time and money in the perfect carpet for your room, you want to make sure it lasts a long time. That means taking good care of it on a regular basis; doing that is pretty straightforward, and doesn’t actually need to cost much money. You just need to know what to do, and how often you should do it. That’s why we’re here – time to get started:
- Clean well, clean quickly
Spills and splotches are inevitable, especially in a busy family home. Cleaning them as quick as you can will stop any liquids from absorbing deep into the fabric. An important and generally little-known fact, however, is that the longer a spill is left to soak into a carpet, the higher the chances are that bacteria will grow and multiply there.
If you’ve got furry friends living with you, and you’re unlucky enough to have them mistake your precious carpet for the bathroom, act very quickly. Soak up as much as you can, clean it with warm, soapy water, and follow that up with a simple vinegar-water solution. Press some paper towels down on the wet patch to let them gradually absorb the leftover fluid. If your pet tends to have these accidents more regularly, you might wants to invest in a carpet extractor which is made specifically for removal of liquids.
- Move your furniture around regularly
If you would like to prevent your carpet from falling victim to that annoying thing called fibre compression, shift any heavy furniture around just a little bit on a weekly basis. If the rug is in a high-traffic area, like the hallway or living room entrance, you might even want to move the rug itself slightly (but regularly) in order to keep compression damage at bay. This will keep your carpet fibres looking strong, fresh, and in good shape.
- Vacuum routinely
Frequent, routine vacuuming is the key to keeping your carpets looking fresh. Different carpets require different settings; set your vacuum cleaner too strong and you’ll end up damaging your carpet fibres. Set it to weak, and you won’t get rid of the dirt and dust that leave your carpet looking weathered in the long run. Try different settings, starting from the highest and moving down. When you feel the vacuum pull forward gently, you know you hit the sweet spot in vacuum strength.