Most homes have carpet in at least one room, and they should since carpet is a great option for flooring. It’s comfortable to walk on, stays warm in the winter, is softer when landed on, and looks lavish and elegant.
For these reasons carpet is one of the most popular options for flooring.
Carpet does, however, take some maintenance to stay looking clean and new. Unlike wood and tile flooring which can for the most part be cleaned by simply sweeping or mopping, carpet is less resistant to spills, dust, and debris. For these reasons carpet ends up being more difficult to keep looking brand new.
There are some simple steps you can take to make sure your carpet keeps that new look, though. These steps include adding protection to certain areas, removing shoes whenever possible, vacuuming regularly, quickly cleaning spills, rearranging furniture, stretching out your carpet, and regular deep cleaning.
If you make sure to keep up on these tasks regularly, your carpet will last a lot longer and remain looking amazing. Here’s a deeper look into how you can make sure you are doing everything you can to keep your carpets looking amazing.
Adding Protection to Your Carpet
One of the easiest ways to add protection to your carpet is to use rugs in high traffic areas like your entryway, living room, or staircase. Rugs are easy to find, replace, or even move to other rooms if needed.
Another protection is to add a plastic floor runner where your carpet meets tile or wood floors. Floor runners help to avoid carpet from lifting or wearing down at the edges due to people moving from one type of flooring to the other.
There are also mats that you can purchase to put under your chairs, couches, and other furniture to help avoid damage from the legs of the furniture.
While removing shoes can be difficult to control, it can also be a lifesaver for your carpet. Shoes carry a lot of dirt and debris, and are also a lot harder on carpet than bare feet.
Getting a sign at the front of your door, or a place to store shoes may be a helpful reminder for you, and others who enter your home to remove their shoes.
Carpet tends to attract a lot of dust and debris even if you’re taking many precautions to avoid having it in your home. One of the best ways to keep dust and debris off of your carpet is to vacuum regularly.
Try to vacuum once or twice a week, and make sure to vacuum if you notice anything on your carpet that shouldn’t be there. You can also help to remove odors from your carpet by sprinkling baking soda on the carpet before you begin vacuuming.
It is also important to make sure you are properly vacuuming. Start vacuuming in one direction and then vacuum perpendicular to the previous direction. Check all the nooks and crannies of your carpeted area to make sure you are picking up everything that could be resting in your carpet.
Make sure to keep your vacuum well maintained for the best results. Try and empty the bag or container on your vacuum when it becomes halfway full. Check the rollers on the bottom of the vacuum and make sure to remove anything that has wrapped around them.
Quickly Cleaning Spills
The quicker you get to a spill, the easier it will be to clean up and the better your odds are that it will be completely removed. Here’s a list of some important tips for removing spills in the best way.
Make sure you blot the area with a dry towel instead of rubbing back and forth. Rubbing back and forth tends to push it further into the carpet, whereas blotting helps remove more of the spill.
Use a carpet stain remover on the affected area. Let the stain remover sit for the instructed amount of time.
Blot the stain remover away with a dry towel, and again, make sure you do not rub back and forth.
Add a stain resistant product. Adding a stain resistant product may not completely eliminate stains, but it will be an extra layer of protection for your carpet. If you are unable to remove the stain yourself, call Zerorez and schedule an appointment for us to help remove those pesky stains.
Furniture can begin to add weight marks on your carpet the longer you leave it in the same place. Rearranging your furniture every now and then can help to eliminate weight marks from damaging your carpet.
Rearranging the furniture will be the most effective for avoiding weight marks, and occasionally provides a refreshing change to the household. Another thing you can do is purchase and use the aforementioned furniture mats. They will add an extra barrier between your furniture and carpet, resulting in less direct weight on one area of carpet.
Stretching Out Carpet
Have you noticed your carpet bunching up in certain areas? This can happen from dragging furniture around the room too often. It can also be caused by a faulty installation.
If this is happening to your carpet it’s important to get it stretched out.
Stretching out your carpet can help add longevity to your carpet, and make it look like it is brand new, installed carpet. If you believe that your carpet needs to be stretched out, call a professional.
Regular Deep Cleaning
Making sure to have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year will also be very beneficial to keeping your carpet looking clean and new. Having a professional come in with professional grade equipment will help to reach deep down in your carpet and thoroughly clean it.
Zerorez is an affordable option to have all of your carpeted rooms deep cleaned. We do not use any harsh chemicals to clean carpet. We use an innovative, non-toxic, water based cleaning agent that leaves absolutely no residue on your carpets. We also offer a protectant so that your carpets can stay clean even longer. Our cleaning process includes three steps to ensure we get everything off of your carpet.
We start with a pretreatment; which is a citrus-based product that breaks up dirt, oil, and other residues.
We then use our zr lifter to lift the carpet, fluff the fibers, and break up dirt and oil to help the extraction process.
We finish with Zerorezifying. This is where we actually extract the dirt and oils from the carpet. While your carpets dry the powered water evaporates leaving no residue behind. This means your carpets will remain cleaner for longer.
If your carpet looks like it needs some freshening up, a pesky stain removed, or even if it’s been a while since you have had your carpets cleaned; reach out to Zerorez for an estimate on cleaning your carpet.
You can reach us by telephone at 480-507-2419
You can book an appointment online at zerorezphoenix.com
We are happy to help with any questions you may have about the best options in cleaning your carpets and making them look brand new.