Monthly Archives: October 2017

Ways to Keep Your Carpet Looking Great

bedroom with new carpet and fresh home decor ideasKeeping your carpets looking great isn’t a great mystery of the universe, but it is an effort worth taking on. After all, your carpets take all the foot (and paw) traffic you throw at it—and it’s entirely possible to keep them in tip-top shape with some easy care steps.

Don’t wait to tackle those stains.

Unfortunately, soda spills, pet accidents, and the occasional muddy footprint are a part of carpet ownership. When these accidental spills happen, don’t wait to start mopping up the spill. Note the catch: mopping, not scrubbing. Too much elbow grease can damage your carpet fibers, so make sure to mop up the spill fluid first. Use a quality carpet cleaner that won’t void the warranty (you can find a manufacturer-approved cleaner at your local flooring store).

Deep clean your carpets.

Carpet fibers can trap dirt and allergens over time. For the good of your carpet and allergies, schedule a professional carpet cleaning biannually. As tempting as it might be to rent a cleaner from a local hardware store, be wary of those dime store cleaners. Those carpet cleaners get used repeatedly, recycling the dirt and allergens that are picked up at every home. A professional carpet cleaner can remove stains and keep your carpet looking great.

Be strategic about your rugs.

If you want to keep your carpets clean and spot-free, stop the dirt before it gets in the door. Place mats and rugs by all the doors, in hallways, and areas where people enter your home. Train your pets to stop at the doors, and stay so you can clean their paws before they track in mud and dirt.

Vacuum with a GOOD vacuum cleaner.

A good vacuuming is a key part of keeping your carpet in top shape, but vacuuming can damage your carpet if you use the wrong machine. Vacuum cleaners that are too powerful can damage your carpet fibers and void the carpet warranty. Use these tips so you choose the right vacuum cleaners for your carpet (and your allergies).

Be selective.

One of the easiest ways to keep your carpet in top notch condition is to select the right carpeting for the room. Certain carpets are made for different conditions, such as for homes with pets or high-traffic areas. Use these tips to choose the right carpet for high-traffic areas and ask the experts at your local flooring store for carpets that have held up well in other local homes.

Can my carpet be saved?

damaged carpet with ripsStains, rips, tears, flooding…a million things can damage carpeting. Before you write off your carpet, find out if your carpet can be saved and repaired.

Stains

Pet accidents, spilled drinks, nail polish spills…our carpet cleaner even removed spilled paint from an area rug. There are cases where stains can be removed from carpet (like they never happened!), especially if the stain is professionally cleaned soon after the carpet is stained. Time is of the essence; make sure you contact a professional cleaner soon after the spill happens.

When the spill does occur, don’t scrub the stain. Instead, sop up the cause of the stain (i.e. pet urine, drink, etc.). If there is a lot of moisture, use a wet/dry vac to clean up the fluid. Blot as you clean up the stain. Don’t scrub, which can damage the carpet fibers (and you are trying to save the carpet). Be careful about the stain remover you use on the carpet; some carpet cleaners can discolor carpet fibers. Test the carpet cleaner in a corner or under a piece of furniture to make sure the cleaner won’t damage the carpet. You can also ask your local carpet store for recommendation for a “safe” and effective carpet cleaner that won’t void your warranty.

Rips

carpet remnants available for sale at a discounted priceHave a ripped or torn carpet? There is hope. If you have a remnant of your carpet, it can be used to repair and replace the damaged carpet. Your carpet store may be able to get more carpet for the fix as well (and repair the carpet as well-just contact them about your carpet repair).

If the damage is near a threshold and you can’t get a piece for replacement, a local carpet repair store may be able to make it look like the damage never happened (and for a fraction of the cost of new carpet!). When a piece of replacement carpet isn’t available and you want to stay on budget, the carpet can be replaced with a remnant. A remnant is carpet that is left on a roll sold for a discounted price. Because there is only a limited amount, remnants work best in smaller rooms or in a single room (find out by measuring your room and asking how much is available on the remnant).

Flooded

There are a lot of thoughts that run through your head when your home is flooded. “What can I save?” is inevitably one of them. The good news is that your carpet may be one of the items you can salvage from the mess. Call in the experts to pump the water out (from your basement and your carpeting) and use dehumidifiers to dry out the carpet (after the water is pumped out). Usually, a flooded carpet can be used again—unless there is sewage in the flooded water.