How you care for your carpet makes a big difference in how your carpet looks and performs. You want to ensure that you are properly maintaining your new carpet so that it lasts for many years.
Here are some basics:
1. Use walk off mats at entry ways to prevent dirt and other materials from getting tracked in.
2. Regular vacuuming is the key to keeping your carpets looking beautiful. Vacuuming removes dirt and other debris from the carpet pile and prevents it from becoming embedded deeper in. High traffic areas like hallways and stairs need to be vacuumed more often. Typically once a week for low traffic areas and 2 or more times per week for higher traffic.
Make sure that you have a vacuum with an adjustable height beater bar or rotating brush and also enough suction power to get deep into the carpet. The adjustable height beater bar or rotating brush is important especially for thicker pile and the new soft premium carpets. If the beater bar or rotating brush is set too low the carpet fibers can become damaged and leave the carpet looking fuzzy.
3. Professional cleaning is recommended every 12-18 months.
Undoubtedly, at some point in your carpets life spills and stains will happen. The Carpet and Rug Institute has great tips for many common stains. Please refer to their website here for tips. Also, you can refer to your specific carpet manufacturers website for more detailed stain removal.
Renting a do-it-yourself extractor or steam cleaner is effective at assisting with spots and spills but they don’t take the place of periodic deep cleaning by a professional. You should have your carpets professionally cleaned every 12-18 months. Refer The Carpet and Rug Institute here for tips on choosing a professional carpet cleaning company.