Maintenance Tips; Carpet – Part 1

You can add years to the life of your carpet with regular care. Carpet wears out because of foot traffic and dirt particles that get trampled deep into the pile beyond the suction of the vacuum. The dirt particles wear down the fibers like sandpaper and dull the carpet. The most important thing you can do to protect your carpet is to vacuum it frequently.

Vacuum twice each week lightly and once a week thoroughly. Heavy traffic areas may require more frequent cleaning. A light vacuuming is three passes; a thorough job may need seven passes. A vacuum cleaner with a beater-bar agitates the pie and is more effective in brining dirt to the surface for easy removal.

Vacuuming high-traffic areas daily helps keep them clean and maintains the upright position of the nape. Wipe spills and clean stains immediately. For best results, blot, or dab any spill or stain; avoid rubbing. Test stain removers on an out-of-the-way area of the carpet, such as in a closet, to check for any undesirable effects. Have your carpet professionally cleaned regularly, usually once a year.

The following are some problem conditions that can occur with new carpets and possible solutions.

Burns – Take care of any kind of burn immediately. First snip off the darkened fibers, then use a soap less cleaner and sponge with water. If the burn is extensive, talk with a professional about replacing the damaged area.

Crushing- Furniture and traffic may crush a carpet’s pile fibers. Frequent vacuuming in high- traffic areas and glides or cups under heavy pieces of furniture can help prevent his. Rotating your furniture to change the traffic pattern in a room promotes more even wear. Some carpets resist matting and crushing because of their level of fiber, but this does not imply or guarantee that no matting or crushing will occur. Heavy traffic areas such as halls and stairways are more susceptible to wear and crushing. This is considered normal wear.

Fading- Science has yet to develop a color what will not fade with time. All carpets will slowly lose some color due to natural and artificial forces in the environment. You can delay this process by frequently removing soil with vacuuming, regularly changing air filters in heating and air conditioning systems, keeping humidity and room temperature from getting too high, and reducing sunlight exposure with window coverings.

Filtration- If interior doors are kept closed while the air conditioning is operating, air circulation from the closed room flows through the small space a the bottom of the door. This forces the air over the carpet fibers, which in turn act as a filter, catching particulate pollution. Over time, a noticeable stain develops at the threshold

Fuzzing- In loop carpets, fibers may break. Simply clip the excess fibers. If It continues, call a professional.

Pilling – Pilling or small balls of fiber can appear on your carpet, depending on the type of carpet fiber and the type of traffic. If this occurs, clip off the pills. If they cover a large area, seek professional advice.

Please read next week’s post about more problems and solutions for a homeowner’s carpet.