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6 Ways to Keep Your Carpet Looking New


Soft, comfy to the feet, beautiful, “like walking on air.” Those are the words commonly used to describe new carpet, along with lots of oohs and ahs. So why shouldn’t those terms come to mind years later when you see that carpet? The truth is, a lot of carpets start to look, well, worn. Stained. Dirty. So how do you keep that brand-new carpet looking just like the first day you saw it?

    1. Choose the right carpet for your space. Don’t just buy the first carpet you see. Think about how much traffic the carpet gets, what kind of traffic (pets, kids, etc.), chance of spills and maintenance needed. Determine your budget, and ask the experts. Some kinds of carpet are made specifically for homes that have pets or for high-traffic areas.

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  • Stop dirt at the door. Use mats in your mudroom and at your exit doors to stem the flow of dust, water, mud and other dirt tracked into your house.
  • Buy a vacuum that won’t damage your carpet, and vacuum regularly. All vacuums are created equal and won’t damage carpet, will it? Unfortunately, you’re wrong. Some vacuums are so powerful they can damage the fibers in your carpet. Use our post to determine what vacuum cleaner is right for you, and for your carpet. Once you’ve chosen the right vacuum cleaner, use it once a week to keep your carpet looking like new.
  • Know the right way to clean up spots. When you find a spot, clean it up as soon as possible—the sooner the better. And do you apply some serious elbow grease into scrubbing those pet stains, spilled juice or muddy footprints? You may be damaging your carpet fibers. Next time you need to clean up carpet stains, blot at your carpet with a moist cloth to remove the spill.
  • Use area rugs. In high-traffic areas, use area rugs to take the strain off your carpet. For example, if the area is a common walkway (or runway in the case of children), put down a runner. Vacuum the rugs often to make sure the dirt stays on the rugs.
  • Carpet clean. We’re not talking about renting one of those cheap store brands. Give your carpets a real, professional clean twice a year, or at least annually. Make an appointment via email or by Facebook to give your carpets a deep clean, and to keep them clean—and looking new.

 

Home Spring Cleaning Checklist

1926662_10152777203739378_7515375266822588355_nWisconsinites, it’s the time we’ve been waiting for all winter! Our cabin fever is gone because spring is here.  The subzero temperatures (hopefully) are gone. With the warmer temperatures of spring comes lots of outdoor time and (drum roll, please)…the much anticipated (or dreaded) spring cleaning. That’s right, it’s time to air out the house and give your home a deep clean that goes beyond your regular vacuuming and house cleaning. So where do you start your spring cleaning? We’ve put together a handy spring cleaning checklist to help you get through your deep spring clean:

  • Call Y’s Way for professional carpet and floor cleaning. (We wouldn’t recommend steam cleaning your wood floors. Read why here.)
  • Clean your appliances.
  • Remove spider webs.
  • Wash window.
  • Dust ceiling fans and wash light fixture coverings.
  • Clean blinds and curtains.
  • Clean the top of cabinets.
  • Clean tile grout in your shower, on your floor or on your countertops.
  • Powerwash your house.
  • Clean heating and air conditioning vent.
  • Wash comforters and quilts.
  • Clean fireplace stone/tile and mantle.
  • Clean sliding door tracks.
  • Scrub down showers.
  • Dust inside of cabinets.

If you or someone in your family has allergies, add duct cleaning to your list. An annual duct cleaning can remove all the allergens that circulated throughout the winter, and give your allergy sufferer some relief if they have to stay indoors for the summer. Call Y’s Way to set up your appointment so you can finish your spring cleaning checklist and start enjoying our fantastic spring temperatures.

What’s the best vacuum for my carpet?

10431434_10153077151679378_8048289848300003576_nIn the market for a vacuum cleaner? It’s not a small decision given the angst you put into selecting the right flooring for your home. One of the most important factors in your vacuum purchase is who you are looking to for guidance. We can hear your reaction: say what?

Yes, that’s right. If you recently installed new carpets, it’s best to look to the carpet manufacturer of your flooring for advice. With the increased push by vacuum manufacturers to increase suction, carpet manufacturers like Mohawk, Shaw and Bieulieu have guidelines for carpet care and even make vacuum recommendations:

http://caressbyshaw.com/care-warranty

http://www.mohawkflooring.com/flooring-care-maintenance/vacuumingsoftcarpet/

http://www.blissflooring.com/bliss/home-carpet/cleaning/vacuuming.aspx

Why should you care what they think? Besides the fact that the carpet manufacturers perform extensive testing to determine what’s best, the kind of vacuum you own could affect the warranty. Simply, if your vacuum damages your flooring, and the vacuum is not a recommended brand, you’ve got a damaged carpet and nowhere to turn to remedy the problem.

With that said, please don’t stop vacuuming your carpets. Your carpet needs regular carpet cleaning by professional cleaners and maintenance to keep it looking its best and remove allergens. But when it’s time to buy a new vacuum cleaner, check out these websites or visit the pros at Y’s Way Flooring. We’ll help guide your vacuum cleaner purchase so you don’t end up with results that suck the money out of your pocketbook.