When you have carpets installed in a room or throughout your home, one of the most pressing issues is upkeep and caring for your carpets. One of the worst things to have in your home is a carpet that has very distinct discolorations from stains or dirt in high traffic areas. There are a few things you can do to ensure the longevity and beauty of your carpets, which we will discuss below.
If you decide to use dark carpets that do not show much dirt such as high traffic Berber, you will not need to worry so much about shoes and socks. Berber is highly durable and is easy to clean. If, however, you decided to go with another type of material or lighter colors that show high traffic lines and trap dirt, you can protect it by doing these two things:
1) Shoes and House Slippers – Remove your shoes when you enter the house to prevent any unnecessary tracking of dirt onto the carpets. During the winter months, this will also reduce the amount of snow and water that settles on your carpet causing it to stain. After removing the shoes, you can switch into a pair of house slippers that are only for use in the house.
2) Socks vs. Feet – Removing the shoes when walking on carpet is a common practice, but many people do not realize that walking barefoot on carpets can be just as bad. The oils and dirt from your feet will eventually stain and discolor the carpet in high traffic areas. An easy solution for this problem is to wear socks or use the house slippers.
After installing new carpets, you should have them professionally cleaned to remove loose fibers and any residue from the manufacturing process. After having your carpets cleaned, you should apply Scotch Guard to add a protective layer of invisible Teflon.
This will ensure that any oils, liquids, and dirt that fall on the new carpet will not stain or damage it. After the scotch guard has been applied and has dried, feel free to put your furniture in the room.
Scotch Guard also makes products to help restore carpets and remove any stains that may show up from spilled food, drinks, or dirt.
Ink and Wine
One of the most common stains you will need to deal with if you have children is from pen ink or markers. The solution is simple. Simply mix some milk with cornstarch and make a paste. Apply the paste to the affected area and allow it to dry. Brush off the dried paste and use a good vacuum to clean up the residue.
If you have a party to celebrate the installation of your new rugs and happen to spill some delicious Merlot on the carpet, pour a bit of white wine on the area to dilute the red color. Use a sponge with cold water to clean the affected area, then sprinkle salt on the wet area, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Simply grab your vacuum, suck up the salt from the carpet, and marvel at the disappearing wine stain trick.
One of the most important things to do in order to keep your new carpets looking new is regular cleaning. Hoover vacuums are a great choice for regular cleaning. You should try to vacuum your carpets on a weekly or bi-monthly basis in order to remove any dirt that may have been tracked into the house and any dust that will have settled on your carpets.
If you have stains on your carpets from any sources, a great option is to buy or rent a Steamvac; they provide excellent cleaning capabilities and you can use special carpet cleaning solutions to lift tough stains and discolorations.
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