Carpet is both luxurious and cozy, but like any other type of flooring, it requires regular care and maintenance to keep it looking like new. The proper care routine can extend the life of your carpet and help maintain its beauty.

Use these 7 simple tips for quick and easy carpet care and maintenance.

1. Vacuum Regularly

One of the best things you can do to keep your carpet looking like new is to vacuum regularly. Vacuuming helps prevent soil and dirt from becoming embedded in carpet fibers.

How often you vacuum will depend on how much foot traffic the area receives.

  • High Traffic Areas: Twice a week or daily for traffic lanes.
  • Low Traffic Areas: Once a week or twice a week for traffic lanes.

Vacuuming will not only keep dirt from getting down deep, but it will also help keep the fibers pliable and looking like new.

2. Clean Spills Immediately

Carpet floor spot cleaningSpills happen. If you have kids or pets (or both!), you can expect to have at least a few spills. But if you’re prepared, you can keep them from causing set-in stains that are more difficult to remove.

Make sure that you have carpet cleaning supplies on-hand to clean up spills immediately. When cleaning up, blot – don’t rub – the stain.

Here are some tips:

  • If the spill has solid material (e.g., bits of cereal, pasta, rice, etc.), use a dull knife or spoon to remove as much as possible.
  • Add water and use a blotting action to pull up the stain.
  • Vacuum using the highest suction setting. Add a little more water if necessary to remove the stain, and repeat until it’s gone.
  • Only use spot removers that are approved by The Carpet and Rug Institute of America.
  • If using carpet cleaning products, test on a small area in the corner of the room to ensure that it doesn’t change the carpet’s color.

Taking swift action to clean up spills will help prevent stains from setting in and keep your carpet looking its best. Of course, spills happen, but if you act quickly enough, no one will ever know they happened.

3. Have Your Carpet Cleaned Professionally Every Year

Wall to wall carpeting

Make it a point to have your carpet cleaned professionally every 12-18 months. Hot water extraction, also known as “steam cleaning,” is the preferred method. Your carpet manufacturer’s warranty may require you to use a certified professional when having your carpets cleaned.

Although it’s tempting to save on professional carpet cleaning costs, don’t skip this step. It’s one of the most important things you can do to keep your carpets looking like new.

Hot water extraction will remove embedded dirt while sanitizing and refreshing your carpet.

4. Use a Coin to Remove Furniture Dents

Heavy furniture can leave dents in your carpet and even crush the piles. Try moving your heavy furniture from time to time to prevent permanent crushing.

Dents can easily be removed by stroking the area with the edge of a coin. Alternatively, you can use an ice cube to loosen carpet piles and fluff up the fibers.

5. Clip Snags – Don't Pull

Over time and as your carpet ages, you may find snags and sprouts. It’s tempting to just pull them up and get on with your day, but doing so could damage the carpet.

Clip – don’t pull – snags and sprouts with a scissor. Clipping will improve the carpet’s appearance without damaging it. Just be careful not to clip other areas of the carpeting.

6. Use a Squeegee to Remove Pet Hair

Shedding can be a frustrating problem and dealing with pet hair is a constant battle. Vacuuming can help, but it may not remove all of the hair.

For carpets with short fibers, a squeegee can make quick work of pet hair. Just run the squeegee along your carpet to pull up pet hair, and vacuum up the piles. To save time, use a squeegee with a long handle.S

7. Use Mats at Entryways and Blinds in Sunny Areas

Carpet floor in the bedroomMats and blinds are your friends when it comes to keeping your carpet clean and bright. Placing mats at every door in your home will prevent guests from tracking in mud and dirt.

If you want to go the extra mile, place throw rugs along high-traffic areas, like hallways.

Along with mats and throw rugs, consider using blinds or curtains to shield sunny areas from UV damage. Over time, the sun’s rays can cause unsightly discoloration. Keeping the blinds or curtains closed in these areas can help keep your carpet looking bright and fresh.

Final Thoughts

With the proper carpet care and maintenance, you can keep your soft floor looking like new for years to come. Being diligent about cleaning up spills, vacuuming regularly and having your carpets professionally cleaned can go a long way in extending the life of your home’s carpeting.

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