Maintaining Your Carpets and Rugs

The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends that you have your carpet deep-cleaned every 12 to 18 months. In between professional visits, however, it’s imperative that you maintain the health of your carpet if you want it to last as long as it can.

Vacuuming. Thoroughly vacuum your carpet once per week. Make sure to go over each area several times, from different directions, to ensure that you’re picking up as much dirt as possible. Also, a high-quality vacuum with the proper filtration, when used diligently, will help improve your home’s air quality, besides preserving your carpet’s beauty and extending its life. If dirt becomes embedded in the fabric, the carpet may reach a point of no return, and even the most skilled technician will be unable to restore its former charm. Vacuuming will not wear out your carpet, but dirt will.

Floor mats. Floor mats are another asset in your carpet’s struggle against dirt and wear. Mats are important to have in two locations—immediately before and after any entryway into your home. By placing a mat outside, leading up to a door, you can minimize the amount of large, dirt particles that make it into your home. And by following that with another mat on the inside, you can save your carpet from lots of unnecessary soiling.

Rearrange furniture. Another tactic for prolonging the life of your carpet is to periodically rearrange your furniture. This will alter traffic patterns inside your home, thus distributing the wear and tear on your carpet more evenly. Heavy furniture will crush carpet pile and cause deep indentations where the furniture’s legs were located, but this can be easily fixed by spraying a small amount of water on the affected area and using a pile grooming brush to lift the material back into shape.