Friday, October 2, 2009

Maintain Your Carpets For Longer Life

The carpets in your home are a major investment. Maintaining your carpets saves you money in the long run and keeps your home looking great. With three simple tips you can stretch the life of your carpets past their normal life expectancy. All you need to do is not wear your shoes in the house, vacuum regularly, and have the carpets cleaned yearly. These tips will assuredly increase the life of your carpets.

Do you were your shoes in the house? If so you are tracking in more soil then you might expect. Always take off your shoes at the front door. Walking through the house in your shoes will scratch the carpet fibers and do damage that may not be repaired. Also, it is not wise to walk on the carpet with your bare feet. Oil from your skin will stick to the fiber and attract soil much faster.

Next, it is vital that you vacuum your carpets at least twice a week. Always use a good quality vacuum that contains a beater bar for agitation and a hepa filter to trap all dust being expelled from the exhaust. It is a good idea when vacuuming to always vacuum in one direction and then vacuum again at a 90 degree angle from the first pass of the vacuum. This allows the beater bar to come in contact with all sides of the fiber.

Finally, always have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. A professional carpet cleaner will be able to remove soil deep in the carpet fiber that regular vacuuming will not be able to reach. Additionally, it is a good idea to use a cleaner that specializes in low moisture cleaning. This method uses less moisture than traditional steam cleaning and allows for faster dry times.

So if you are interested in saving money by maintaining your expensive carpets follow this advice. Just remember to never wear your shoes in the house, vacuum on a regular schedule, and have your carpets cleaned by a professional cleaner at least once a year. This will allow you to enjoy your carpets for years and years.

All information was taken directly from and was written by Brian Rather.

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