The way a carpet looks can change an entire room; if the carpet looks brand new, a room seems fresh and clean, but if it’s tired and tatty, the room will look tired and tatty too. Thankfully, keeping your carpets in great condition really needn’t be that hard. All you have to do is follow our top carpet care tips to keep yours looking as good as new.
Know your stain removal techniques
To avoid giving them time to set into your carpet, any stains or spillages should be cleared up as soon as possible. However, it’s no good if you’re going about stain removal incorrectly. Firstly, never scrub a stain as this just works it deeper into your carpet fibres. Instead, research the best technique for your stain; for example, bleach should only ever be used on a 100% propylene carpet, while white vinegar and baking soda can be effective on red wine and tea stains.
Keep it clean
Other than stain removal, carpets should be kept as clean as possible to avoid dirt and dust being ground into your carpet and damaging the fibres. A regular vacuum should prevent this – at least once a week should suffice. And remember: use a vacuum with brushes for a cut pile carpet, and one without for a loop pile carpet, to keep them in the best condition.
Use furniture cups
Heavy furniture can leave dents in your carpet that you might never be able to remove, which can be annoying if you ever want to change your room around. Using protective cups on furniture legs distributes the weight of the furniture over a larger surface area, keeping marks at bay. If you have any dents that need repairing, ice cubes could be your friend. Yes, you read that correctly. Ice cubes.
Change it up
Talking of changing your room around, this can actually be a great method for avoiding marks entirely. Giving your carpet a break from heavy furniture in one area will also change how you walk around the room, protecting other areas from heavy footfall.
Protect high traffic areas
If any areas of your home are frequently walked over, such as stairs or hallways, installing a rug or runner can be a good way to protect the carpet in these areas from too much wear and tear.
Introduce mats and a ‘no shoes’ rule
Similarly, carpets can be protected from unnecessary dirt and wear if you use welcome mats or ask guests to remove their shoes before they come in. A simple shoe rack by the front door will keep your hallway tidy, and you can even buy a basket of cheap slippers to offer guests as an incentive!
Give it a trim
If you notice any irregularities in your carpet such as loose loops or pilling, never pull them out. Pulling at your carpet will not only damage its backing but will also loosen any neighbouring fibres, making the problem worse. A simple trim with a pair of scissors works much better.
Always use sunscreen
Carpets can be very susceptible to fading when overexposed to sunlight, especially when made of natural fibres, so try to protect yours from the sun as much as possible. Make sure curtains or blinds are drawn when you’re not in the room, especially if you’re going away for a long period of time.
Hire a professional cleaner
If you’ve got a really bad stain that you can’t get rid of, don’t be tempted to go for a store-bought cleaner as these often contain damaging chemicals that will do more harm than good. Hiring a professional carpet cleaner might seem pricey, but it’s more economical in the long run. Even if you don’t have any stains, hiring a professional cleaner once a year will keep your carpets looking good as new for longer.