If you’ve decided that it’s time to purchase new carpet for your home, then not only do you want to make sure you select a quality carpet, but you also want to learn how to provide proper care. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at the steps you should follow to provide the best care for your carpet, which will help to extend its life.

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Check the Quality

You likely don’t want to spend a lot of money on new carpeting, but it’s important to make sure that you don’t sacrifice quality for a few dollars. While you might save money now, the poorer the quality of carpet you buy, the sooner it will need to be replaced. One easy way to determine the quality of a carpet is to check its density. Simply bend the carpet sample backward to see if the backing is easily visible. If you can see the backing, then the carpet is a low-density option, which means it is much lower in quality and will deteriorate more quickly.

Vacuum Correctly

Locations and Frequency

This might seem a bit silly, as there are no set rules for vacuuming a floor. When it comes to cleaning your carpet, however, there are some steps you can take to help extend its life. Cleaning is one of the best ways to maximize the life of your carpet and delay the high cost of replacement. With that in mind, be sure to vacuum entrances and areas of high traffic at least twice a week and the remaining areas of carpet once a week.

Vacuum Settings

To get the best results from vacuuming, make sure to set the height correctly on your machine. Set it to the highest setting, turn it on, and then lower the setting one click at a time until you can feel the vacuum pulling itself forward. You want to go slowly to allow the machine the ability to pick up dirt and debris. The faster you vacuum, the less effective it will be at cleaning. In low-traffic areas, you can make one quick pass, but in high-traffic areas, you’ll want to make two slow passes.

Vacuum Filters

Part of what allows a vacuum to clean effectively is the filter or bag. It’s important to regularly change the filter or bag to maximize your machine’s performance. Dirty equipment greatly reduces the cleaning power of your vacuum. Replace bags when they are around three-quarters full, and if you have a bagless machine, then be sure to regularly clean or replace the filter as needed.

Select the Proper Carpet Pad

You might be surprised to learn that the type of carpet pad you choose can either extend the life of your carpet or reduce it. With that in mind, it’s important to know that the quality of a carpet pad is determined by density, not thickness. Typically, you should look for a pad that is between ⅜ and ½ inches in thickness with a density or weight rating of at least six pounds. If you need a carpet pad for an area of higher traffic, then look for a thinner pad with a density of eight pounds or more.

Hire a Professional Carpet Cleaner

One of the best things you can do for your carpet is to hire a professional carpet cleaner about every one to two years in addition to cleaning the carpet yourself between these appointments. When you’re ready to hire someone, check to make sure that they use truck-mounted equipment as it offers stronger suction and eliminates the dirty air and humidity outside of your home.

Rental Carpet Cleaning Equipment

Since rental carpet cleaning equipment can’t offer the same level of performance as professional equipment, we have a few tips to help you get the most for your money.

  • Clean your carpet before it gets really dirty. The dirtier it gets, the harder it is to clean.
  • Thoroughly vacuum before and after cleaning. Vacuuming before helps to remove any large particles of dirt. Once the carpet is completely dry, you’ll want to vacuum once more to pick up any dirt that rose to the surface of the carpet as it dried.
  • Pre-treat stains in high-traffic areas.
  • Use less soap than is directed on the rental machine. Since the soap will foam, it will likely leave behind quite a bit of residue, which then acts as a magnet for dirt.
  • Make just one pass with the soap solution to help avoid making the carpet too wet. Make one more pass with the neutralizing rinse, and then finish with three passes using the drying setting of the machine.
  • Allow it to completely dry before replacing furniture or walking on the carpet. You can speed up the drying process by opening windows, using fans and dehumidifiers, or turning the air conditioning on to a moderate setting.

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Taking proper care of your carpet will not only help it to look beautiful, but will also extend its life, giving you the most benefit from your investment. At Gateway Home and Design in Loveland, we’re here to help you find the right carpet for your style and budget. Stop by our Top Rated Local® flooring store today to get started.