It is not very often that we even give our carpets a thought. We decorate a room; have them put down and then run a vacuum over them every week or so. Job done apparently – but unfortunately not if you want to maintain your carpets in their as-new peak condition.
You see our domestic hoovers will only go so far in ridding our floors of the unwanted inhabitants that tend to collect there as a result of daily life. It is incredible just how much is deposited on your carpets – just have a quick think about it. You and your family trample all over them each and every day in various different pairs of shoes, perhaps even bare-foot; your kids use them as play mats and to your dog it is a bed. That is before you even consider that most of you will at some stage go outside each and every day, bringing in all manner of dirt-based microbes on the soles of your feet. It is also a fact of life that glasses full of liquid and plates stacked high with food are often spilt – that’s life and you just have to deal with it. When you list it all though you can see why a simple hoover once a week isn’t enough though can’t you?
The first thing to do is change your mind set. Most people are accepting of the fact their carpets will degrade and dull down over time; that is seemingly part and parcel of leading an active life. But the trust is it doesn’t have to be, and there are a number of extra steps you can take to bring your carpets back to life if they are starting to look rather tired:
1. Buy a quality spot cleaner and use it – some may even be able to remove well-worn stains that have been ignored. As soon as you see a spill or any type of mark, clean it.
2. Use carpet freshening powder – sometimes, especially if we keep a variety of animals, the build-up of deposits in our carpets can lead to rooms having something of a musty odour. Eliminate this by applying carpet freshening powder once a month – it will quickly bring that pleasant scent back to your room.
3. If you have a light carpet, buy a dark rug – position the rug over the places where accidents tend to happen the most, as stains will not show up as badly on a dark material, and the contrast in colour will help to make your dullish light carpet look fresher than it actually is.
4. Rent a carpet cleaner – or if you think it will get plenty of use, buy one. They can usually be found at most large grocery stores and supermarkets, and will require the purchase and addition of carpet cleaning shampoo before you set to work. Just remember to test a spot first, potentially a piece of closet carpet or under the sofa, and take care to protect your furniture.
5. If all else fails, call the professionals. It will always work out cheaper than buying a new carpet and people are usually quite surprised at the level of results a good firm with the right equipment can achieve. Most carpet manufacturers actually recommend enlisting the services of the professionals at least once every couple of years to maintain the appearance of their product, so if you have the budget it is worth seriously considering.
The most important point of all is to take care of your floors. If not properly cared for they will degrade quickly, but with the right level of maintenance, like everything, they will last a whole lot longer saving you money over time.