Carpeting is a huge investment for a home and can add to its comfort and the looks of the home overall. However, if you’re unprepared for taking care of your carpet, it can seem like a pretty daunting challenge. The average lifespan of carpeting is usually around 5-15 years, so unlike hardwood or laminate floors, they tend to age pretty fast. However, there are some things you can do to extend the longevity of your floors.
The first thing you should do is try to keep contaminants off of your carpets in the first place. Keep food in the kitchen, particularly if you have children, since children tend to be more accident-prone and are more likely to spill. On the off chance that you have carpet in areas like the kitchen and the bathroom, get rid of it. You should also try to keep children’s messier toys like paints and play-dough limited to specific areas that aren’t carpeted or are protected with plastic or rugs.
Train pets to ensure they won’t have accidents, chew on, or sharpen their claws with your carpet. Pets are pets, and accidents do happen sometimes. Limit the carpeting to bedrooms, to keep pets off of it. Supervise your pets as best you can when they are on carpet to ensure their good behavior.
One of the fastest ways to ruin your carpeting is by walking on it with dirty shoes. Put down doormats, area rugs, and runners in areas of traffic, and insist that guests and tenants take off their shoes when they come to visit. It’s wise to put down runners in hallways and area rugs in living rooms and bedrooms anyway, since they will minimize crushing of the carpet fibers and staining from ambient dust and pollen.
What can you do?
Vacuum your carpets regularly to protect them from ground-in dust, pollen, and contaminants that will make the carpet look dingy and dull. Not only is this a good policy to have just for hygiene reasons, but it can actually help keep your carpets looking new for longer. Oddly enough, it’s actually better for your carpets to avoid using powder products. You may want to use them for deodorizing, but regular cleaning will do the job just fine, and powder products can actually leave a residue that will stay in your carpet and is very hard to vacuum up.
Eventually, you will need to clean your carpet. Professionally clean your carpet every 6-12 months. Whether it looks dirty or not—professional carpet cleaners help keep the carpet fibers springy and keep it smelling fresh. Invest in a home carpet cleaner like a Rug Doctor for those just-in-case moments when spills happen.
Carpets add warmth and comfort to a home, and are wonderful in homes with babies as they are gentle on little bottoms. Keeping your carpet looking new can be a challenge, but it’s a worthwhile effort to protect your investment and help your home look clean and tidy.