Thursday 14 May 2015

4 Tips to Help Keep Your Carpets Clean

Carpeting your home is a big investment, so the longer your carpet stays in great shape, the better. Spills, foot traffic and dirt all take their toll on the appearance of your carpet and can make it look much older than it really is. For long-lasting carpets, check out these tips to keep them clean.

1. Look for Stain-resistant Carpet StylesPrevention is better than cure, right? Maximise the lifespan of your carpet by choosing a stain-resistant fibre for your home. There are some great options available in the market, offering durability and stain resistance as well as style. Companies such as Stainmaster Carpet for example, has a style which is resistant to food and drink spills (click here to check out their website). A stain-resistant carpet doesn't mean thin fibres or industrial colours - there are plenty of choices to suit all tastes.

2. Vacuum Your Carpet OftenRegular vacuuming of your carpet will add years to its lifespan. When dirt and other debris become trapped in carpet fibres, it reduces the amount of colour showing through. This is why carpeting in high-traffic areas looks dull – the colour has been diluted by dust. Vacuuming the carpet on a weekly basis removes surface dirt before it has a chance to work into the fibres. This means there is less chance dirt will become trapped deep in the carpet pile. To keep your carpet looking fresh, pass the vacuum cleaner over an area twice, slowly. A slower movement allows the suction to penetrate the surface, removing dirt that is lodged further into the carpet.

3. Use Mats to Reduce DirtAreas of your house or office are more likely to become stained quickly as they are walked on the most. When these areas are also prone to inside dirt being tracked in, your carpet will quickly show the effects. Place mats inside and outside to catch dirt, mud, leaves and other debris that can be walked through the home. A coarse fibre (like a coir mat with rubber backing) is ideal for the main entrance to the house to catch any soil sticking to your shoes. An additional, softer mat inside the door will catch loose dirt tracked in on socks or bare feet. These mats are cheap to buy and can save your carpet from some horrible stains.

Spud once got Sudocrem all over his carpet!

4. Tend to Stains Right AwayIf you do happen to spill something on your carpet, jump on it straight away. The sooner you can tend to a stain, the more chance you have of removing it. Use a clean, dry cloth to blot the stain (resist the temptation to rub the stain). Once the majority of liquid has been removed, use a fresh cloth to dab at the stain with water. Work from the outer edge of the stain in towards the middle, using small amounts of water to dilute the stain. If the cloth becomes marked, use a fresh one until the stain is gone. If water is not working, refer to the manufacturer’s website – they often have spot-removing product recommendations suitable for your carpet’s fibres.

Keeping your carpet in good condition can be tough, especially when you have a family or pets. These simple steps can add years to the life of your carpet and are definitely worthwhile keeping in mind.

Until next time,
Jada x