WH Carpet

You probably don’t live in the White House, but you still want your carpets to look like you do.

And, let’s be honest – replacing carpet is a pain. Moving furniture and the mess of tearing out the old carpet and putting in new is a hassle that no one is eager to deal with. Luckily, there are many different ways that you can keep your carpets clean and make sure they last as long as possible. Sadly, this does not just mean vacuuming regularly. More work is needed to ensure your carpets and area rugs looking like new.

  • First of all, it’s important to choose a carpet or area rug with a low pile, which means that the fibers in the carpet are shorter. Having a low pile will mean that less dirt and dust can penetrate deep into the fibers of the carpet, and less cleanup for you! High pile carpets with longer fibers are automatic dust magnets, and upkeep of these carpets is a lot more difficult and time consuming. Choosing a carpet that is easier to clean will be easier on you, and be a lot less expensive in the long run!
  • Having your carpets professionally cleaned periodically will make a huge difference in their condition and lifetime. Also, having this service performed often is what will be key in the life of your carpets. If you do not have any pets living in your home, it is recommended that you have your carpets professionally steamed every six months in order to maintain a more dust- and allergen-free home. If you do have pets, the recommendation is more frequent, at four to six weeks. This seems like a lot, but keeping up with the steaming of your carpets will keep them clean and looking great.  Keep in mind that some carpets have warranties that require a specific schedule for professional cleanings, typically every 12 to 18 months. Making sure you follow these requirements is important to ensuring the life of your carpet and the warranty benefits as well.
  • You should vacuum your carpets at least once per week. Yes, you read that correctly. Taking the time each week to vacuum your carpets or area rugs will be incredibly beneficial in making sure they last as long as possible. Keeping them clean and free of dirt, dust, and any other material that can be tracked onto your floors keeps them looking their best and keeps allergens low. If you have pets in your home, it is recommended to vacuum as frequently as possible to keep up with pet hair and dander that can get trapped in the fibers of your carpets. Vacuum slowly; otherwise, too much dust and dirt can be left behind deep in the fibers of your carpet.
  • If you have area rugs in your home, clean them seasonally, especially in the spring and fall. Summer and winter are two months that can have the most damaging effects on your carpets. Keeping your area rugs clean will make sure they look their best year-round. Make sure to look at the care instructions on your area rugs to see if they can be steamed or if this would be harmful to them. Keep them vacuumed to eliminate dirt and dust, and take them outside to shake them and remove allergens.
  • Take care of spills on your carpet right away! If you see a spill on your carpet, immediately begin blotting it from the outside toward the center. If needed, you can place paper towels on top of the stain to draw out the moisture. Acting quickly is your best chance to avoid staining.

Keeping your carpets clean will make sure they stay looking their best, keep your air quality in your home healthier, and allow you to keep them for years to come!