Loving your new carpet today . . . and tomorrow
Choosing a quality carpet is the first step to ensuring that you’re happy with your carpet for many years to come. But it’s only the beginning. It’s not hard to take care of carpet—there are just a few easy steps to be aware of. Regularly following these steps will ensure that your carpet continues to look as lovely in years to come as it does when you have it installed.
In fact, one of the biggest things you can do to ensure that your carpet performs up to your expectations is vacuuming it frequently. That’s because the number one enemy of your carpet fibers is dirt. When you tread on your carpet, even the smallest particles of dirt are ground into the fibers, breaking them down.
Different carpets may require different types of vacuums. Talk with our experts about what type of vacuum will work best with your new carpeting.
When a spill occurs, remove as much material as you can with a spoon, knife, or similar tool. The object is to lift the material from the surface without pushing it further in. Once you’ve removed as much as the spill as you can, add water and blot the area gently with a clean cloth. Then add cleaning solution, if desired, and blot again. Finally, vacuum the area with maximum suction to lift as much of the stain from the fibers as possible. Repeat these steps until the stain is gone.
If you see a residual stain after cleaning, moisten it with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and let stand for one hour. Blot and repeat again as needed until clean.
If you carpet fibers snag, simply trim them even with the rest of the carpet with a scissors. Never pull on a protruding fiber.
If you burn your carpet, it’s best to carefully trim away the burnt fibers with a small scissors. Cut only what you need to remove the mark.
Moved your furniture, only to discover it left a footprint? You can remove the dents by brushing the carpet with the edge of a coin. You can also warm the fibers with a hair dryer or a steam iron, but be careful not to singe the fibers by overheating.
Consider professional cleaning every 12 to 18 months depending on traffic and soil levels.