How To Keep Your Carpet In Great Shape
Your new carpet will bring you much satisfaction, but only if you keep it in great shape. Here are a few tips to make your relationship with your carpet a long and happy one.
Regular carpet care and routine maintenance are essential. Over time, normal foot traffic and soiling will cause a change in any carpet’s appearance. Hot water extraction, either alone or in combination with cleaning, is required to maintain some fiber warranties. A trained carpet care professional must perform the service every one and a half to two years to refresh the texture and rejuvenate the fibers in your carpet. You must retain your receipts for proof of maintenance service should a warranty claim arise. Each fiber manufacturer has its own definitions and limitations regarding stain, soil and static resistance. Abnormal matting, crushing or loss of texture retention from normal foot traffic is defined by the standard rating scales and definitions set forth by each fiber manufacturer.
Vacuuming is key
Vacuuming is key to keeping your new carpet young, fresh and beautiful. Dirt and grit will become embedded in the pile where they will affect your carpet’s color and cause matting of the pile. So, you’ll want to vacuum heavy-traffic areas as often as possible – every day if possible. Less heavily used areas can be maintained with once-a-week vacuuming. Vacuum about three passes for light cleaning; up to seven passes where there’s more soil.
For best results, use a vacuum cleaner with a beater bar or rotating brush with plenty of suction used according to the vacuums manufactures instructions. Make sure you’ve adjusted the attachments to the proper height for your carpet. For loop pile carpet, avoid attachments with teeth or ridges that might catch and pull a loop loose.
Give it a rest
Redistributing the load your carpet bears can lengthen its life. So, rearrange your furniture periodically to give some areas of your carpet a rest.
Vacuuming won’t always take care of your carpet cleaning needs. Sometimes, you will need to do a little heavy-duty cleaning to get your carpet looking like new again.
Many different types of carpet cleaners are commercially available, including dry cleaners, spray-on foam cleaners and wet shampoo. Whatever carpet cleaner you use, be sure that it is made exclusively for carpets. Always test a cleaner on a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet first. Avoid using alkaline soaps, ammonia, or cleaing liquids meant for hard surfaces such as wood or tile. These can damage your carpet. If you need assistance choosing a cleaner, call and ask us which cleaning method is best for your particular fiber and carpet type. Do not use any cleaners that include color brighteners.
When you decide to have your carpet cleaned professionally, choose the carpet cleaner with the same care you’d take in maintaining any major investment. Don’t be afraid to ask your carpet cleaner for a reference and a firm estimate.
Common Carpet Issues
Most carpets retain some loose fibers after they are installed. These fibers often appear as balls of fluff on the surface of your carpet or in your vacuum cleaner. With time, they will work their way out of the carpet and no longer be a nuisance.
Occasionally, loose tufts will appear above the carpet surface. To remove the loose tufts, just clip them even with the carpet’s surface. DO NOT PULL OUT LOOSE END! If you do, you will permanently damage the carpet.
You may notice some variations in the color of your carpet-one area may seem to change color when you look at it from different directions. This is because light reflects differently as the pile is pushed in a variety of directions. Foot traffic generally causes this to happen and the best solution is to sweep or vacuum the pile in a uniform direction.
If your carpet is rippling up off the floor, it is probably due to relatively high humidity. This situation usually resolves itself as the carpet settles.
The New Carpet Smell
Like new cars, some new carpets have a “new carpet smell.” It is nothing to be concerned about and usually goes away within a week, sometimes within days. There are some things that you can do to minimize the smell. Most importantly, be sure to ventilate the area as much as possible. You should open the doors and windows, and use fans to keep the air circulating during installation and for up to 72 hours afterward.
Your carpet will display crushing in spots where heavy objects have been placed. To raise the pile back to its former height, try passing a hot steam iron over the indentations – but bring the iron no closer than six inches above the carpet.
If a tuft becomes snagged or works loose, just cut it off and let the surrounding yarn fill in the space.