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3 Tips to Extend the Life of Your New Carpet

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Your flooring is an imperative part of the home. It not only creates a surface for basic living, entertaining, and relaxing but also adds appeal and value to your home. Carpeting is one flooring material that receives an excessive amount of abuse over time, especially when compared to hardwood or vinyl floors.

While some types are more durable than others, carpet is not meant to last forever. Therefore, you may need to replace it since most types of carpet will last 8 to 10 years with proper maintenance. With these simple tips, you can prolong the lifespan of your new carpet.

1. Vacuum the Right Way

Most people understand the importance of vacuuming, but you may not be familiar with the most effective way to perform this common household chore. To get started, you need to use a vacuum that is recommended for your specific type of carpet. The right vacuum will remove the most dirt, dust, and debris from in and on the carpet fibers.

Softer carpets, such as nylon and polyester, frieze, or Berber carpeting, are difficult to vacuum because they have finer carpet fibers. In addition, these softer, finer carpets contain more fiber stands, making them denser.

To vacuum these soft carpets successfully, make sure your vacuum has the ability to adjust the height. The higher vacuum will be easier to push over the soft, dense carpeting, improving airflow and the vacuum's ability to suck dirt and debris from in between the carpet fibers.

You should also avoid using a vacuum with a beater bar on softer carpets. The beater bar is basically a brush that rotates, moving carpet fibers to suction out dirt and dust that is deeper in the carpet. This brush can actually loosen and damage the soft, dense carpet fibers, wearing the flooring down quickly.

Timing is also an essential factor to consider. In most cases, vacuuming once a week is sufficient. However, if your carpet has a higher amount of traffic or you have pets and children in the home, it may be beneficial to vacuum a few times each week.

2. Protect with Protective Padding/Mats

Your carpet is part of your home, so it does need to be used. From walking from one room to the next to arranging and using different furniture pieces, the amount of abuse your carpet takes can be astonishing. You may think that placing a rug on top of your carpet is unnecessary, but it can be a great way to protect areas that are used more than others.

For example, consider placing a runner rug down hallways to protect the fibers and underlying padding form excessive abuse. A larger area rug in your family room will not only add a layer of protection but also can enhance the room's décor.

Placing pads under furniture that sits on your new carpet is also wise, especially since sitting or using these heavier pieces of furniture can place enormous stress on the carpet. Pads specifically designed for the feet of tables, chairs, sofas, entertainment centers, and other furniture pieces will protect your carpet and padding for many years to come.

3. Go Barefoot on the Carpet

Lastly, you should never wear your shoes on your carpet. Your shoes contain large amounts of dirt, which will discolor the carpet over time. This light discoloration can decrease the look and feel of your carpet. Recent studies have proven an estimated 421,000 bacteria can be found on the average shoe. These bacteria may not be visible, but they can harm your carpet and your family's health.

Make sure you, your family members, and your guests remove shoes before walking on any of your new carpets. Removing your shoes will reduce the risk of wearing down the fibers and staining your carpet while protecting you from harmful germs. If you are ready for new carpeting or you just want to learn other tips for protecting your new flooring investment, contact Floors Unlimited today.