Maintaining Your Carpet's Beauty

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You just had new carpet installed and you're afraid to walk on it, look at it, touch it... as a matter of fact, you've created a CARPET SHRINE for all the neighborhood to admire! As reality begins to sink in, you know you can't maintain a Carpet Museum for the rest of your life so you wonder what's next? Many of us have been in this situation, but how does one keep carpet looking cleaner, lasting longer and just making the house an overall healthier place to live for the family? Below are simple ways to maintain the beauty of your carpet as recommended by Mohawk Flooring. You can find additional tips for your carpet by visiting Mohawk Flooring.

  • The best way to ensure long-lasting beauty, comfort and durability in your carpet is to vacuum it regularly, as it prevents soil from becoming embedded in the carpet's pile.
  • Depending on the type of carpet you have, you'll want to use a vacuum with a rotating brush, a beater bar or suction only.
  • When vacuuming high pile or pemium soft carpets look for the following features that will allow you to easily maintain your carpet: Adjustable Height - Use the highest setting where appropriate | Efficient Airflow - Avoid vacuums with very concentrated or sealed suction | Large Wheels allow the appliance to glide easily across the carpet - For more information on how to select a vacuum, click here.
  • Consider professional cleaning every 12-18 months, depending on traffic and other use factors, frequency of vacuuming and whether the carpet is a light or dark color.
  • Use scissors to clip sprouts or snags; do not pull them or you may damage the carpet.
  • To remove a dent caused by heavy furniture, stroke carpet with the edges of a coin. You can also use a hair dryer or a steam iron to gently raise the dented area while you tug upward on the tufts. CAUTION: DO NOT LET THE IRON TOUCH THE CARPET..
  • If your carpet is burned, remove the tops of the dark, burnt fibers with curved fingernail scissors. If the burn is extensive, the carpet may require patching or replacement.
  • If a flooding occurs from a burst pipe, washing machine overflow or other leak, the carpet needs to be dried, front and back, by a professional cleaner with the proper equipment.
  • This link can provide additional tips on maintaining the beauty of your carpet

Follow these tips and you can still be the admiration of the neighborhood! Happy Maintaining!