If you have wall-to-wall carpeting in your home, it’s important to take steps to care for and protect it to maintain its appearance and longevity. Here are four essential steps to improve the lifespan of your carpet:

Vacuuming is the most crucial aspect of carpet care. It helps remove gritty particles, dust, pet hair, and other debris that settle into the carpet fibres. Vacuum at least once a week, or ideally, once a day if possible. Regular vacuuming prevents dirt and grit from being trodden into the carpet, which can damage the fibres and cause them to become flattened.

Act quickly when spills occur to prevent them from becoming permanent stains. Blot the spill with a clean cloth or paper towel, starting from the outside and working inward. Avoid rubbing the stain, as this can spread it. Use clean cold water initially for cleaning. For pet accidents or stubborn stains, it’s best to seek professional help to ensure proper cleaning and odour removal.

Hiring a professional, certified carpet cleaner is essential for thorough and effective cleaning. Most carpet manufacturers recommend hot water extraction and suggest scheduling a professional cleaning at least once a year. Don’t wait until your carpet looks dirty, as that means you’ve already waited too long. Regular professional cleaning removes deep-seated dirt, allergens, and stains, prolonging the life of your carpet.

Many carpets come with a pre-treated protective coating that resists spills and stains. However, over time, this protective coating can wear off due to cleaning chemicals or normal wear and tear. Ask your carpet cleaner if they offer reapplication of a protective coating after cleaning. Though it may incur an additional cost, it’s a worthwhile investment to maintain the stain resistance of your carpet.

By following these essential steps, you can extend the life of your carpet and keep it looking fresh and clean for years to come.

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