Tips and Tricks to
Prolong the Life of Your Carpet
Having carpet in your home brings such a warm, beautiful, and inviting atmosphere to your interior living space. While the plush carpet under your feet looks and feels wonderful to walk on, it is also a significant investment in your home's interior that requires commitments of time and money to keep well-maintained for its expected lifespan.
Whether your carpet is brand new, or has a few years on it, One of a Kind Pros wants to help you get the most out of one of the largest investments in your home's interior. In this article, we'd like to provide you with our recommended ways to prolong the life, beauty, health, and performance of your carpets.
Your Carpet is an Investment that Needs Care and Attention
On average, it is estimated that a carpet's expected lifespan is anywhere from 5 to 20 years depending on the makeup of your carpets, the amount of wear they are exposed to, and your commitment to cleaning and maintaining them. Since new carpets are so expensive to install, there is no doubt that any homeowner would want them to look great and perform well into the late stages of their life expectancy — but how do we do that?
Since we're committed to carpets here at One of a Kind Pros, we've created this list of tips to help you get the most life out of your carpets and to protect the investment you've made in your home.
Our Top Recommendations for Maintaining Your Carpet
Let's think about your carpet in terms of "levels of appearance and performance". When you first had your beautiful, plush carpets installed; they start out as "new" and then, over time, your carpets can depreciate to "good", "fair", and then "poor" after 10-20 years of use.
If you want to keep your carpets looking and performing like new for as long as possible, without letting it dip below "fair" after only 10 years of use, we feel that it is certainly in your best interest to implement many of the following recommendations:
Vacuum regularly: At the top of our list is arguably the most obvious answer. When you commit to vacuuming your carpets regularly, you are protecting your carpets against prolonged wear from everyday surface contaminants such as dust and dirt and small bits of grit that can slowly damage the fibers with every step you take. While vacuuming your home at least once a week is recommended, that amount could require more in certain circumstances. For example: households with kids and pets should vacuum closer to every 2-3 days.
Address spills immediately: (and have fabric protector applied professionally.) If you do fall victim to an accidental spill, don't panic! During the moments immediately following the spill, it is an important first step to dilute and absorb as much of the spill as possible right away. Leaving spills to be addressed at a later time only allows for more damage to be done, and risks a permanent ugly stain.
If you're looking to reduce the likelihood of your carpet becoming stained, we can add a solution to your carpet's fibers professionally. This solution is known as carpet protector, and it works by forming a barrier between your carpet and any potential stains. Most new carpet manufacturers add this solution to carpets when they are new, but this protector wears off over time. Ask One of a Kind Pros about our service to professionally restore your carpet's protector.
Add inexpensive area rugs: Adding area rugs can play a large role in extending the life of your carpet. Not only can these rugs add style and a little bit of personality to the space, it also cuts down on excessive wear in high traffic areas. Adding an area rug can also protect your carpet from the risk of spills and stains — after all, the last thing we want after a new carpet is installed is to find it quickly tarnished by an accidental spill!
Remove your shoes: Taking off your shoes when entering the household is a common practice within various cultures. Not only is this done as a sign of respect, but also as a way to cut down on outside dirt and debris making its way into your home. If you are fully committed to extending the life of your carpet, consider implementing a "No Shoes" zone to prevent any additional unwanted contamination.
Periodically change the traffic flow of your rooms: Slightly outside of the usual recommendations, here at One of a Kind Pros, we suggest changing the layout of your rooms every so often. If a room is arranged in the same way for many years, the wear pattern on your carpet can become clear as day. To avoid any noticeable wear, changing the traffic patterns of each room by rearranging furniture can help break up the strain on your carpets.
Periodically hire a professional deep carpet cleaner: Last, but certainly not least, we recommend regularly hiring a professional carpet cleaner. While many homeowners may tend to save this step for holidays or big moves, the truth is that your carpets — just like your clothes, hair, linens, and other fabrics and textiles — need to be laundered on more than just the special occasions. One of a Kind Pros is equipped with powerful deep cleaning equipment, solutions, and technology that exceeds carpet manufacturers' recommendations. Your carpets are sure to get the maintenance they need for a long life of beautiful appearance and performance.
Routine Carpet Cleanings Only Get You So Far
Cleaning up after spills and vacuuming are simply part of maintaining a clean home, but getting by on the bare minimum may not be enough to to maximize the life of your carpets. Unfortunately, while vacuuming can help remove the buildup of surface dirt and other contaminants from the surface of your carpet, it does not provide the deep clean that your carpets need to get all of the damaging grit and grime from the base of the fibers and remove the oil-based soot and soil that naturally accumulates on carpet — this is where the professionals here at One of a Kind Pros come in!
Why Hiring a Quality Professional Carpet Cleaner Makes a Huge Difference
Even if you're doing your due diligence in keeping the house in pristine condition, it is still critical to hire a professional carpet cleaning company to get the embedded grit, grime, bacteria, and oil-based residues out from deep within your carpet fibers. When you invest in a truly professional cleaning, not only are you aiding in removing deeply nested layers of dirt, but you're also killing off germs, dust mites, and bacteria that have made your carpet their home.
On top of a clean floor, did you know that the state of your carpet can affect the indoor air quality in your home? With carpet fibers cleaned and treated, your household not only looks better, but is healthier for you and your family.
Signs it is Time to Replace Your Carpets
It is important to remember that sometimes no amount of cleaning or professional help can recover 10-20 year-old carpets if it's time for them to be replaced. If you find yourself constantly battling recurring stains, permanent discoloration, obvious signs of wear and tread, unravelling carpet fibers beginning to "bloom", or if there's an odor you just can't get rid of, it may be time to invest in a new carpet.
Or maybe not!
We have brought carpets back to life that homeowners were sure needed to be replaced. Our regularly scheduled professional cleanings can add many more years of life to your carpet — and can possibly even restore old carpets for a few more years of use.
Hire One of a Kind Pros to Extend the Life of Your Carpet!
Cutting corners and putting off manufacturer's recommended professional cleaning schedules could leave you paying more in the long run to replace prematurely aging carpets. Let us help you! Customer satisfaction and perfectly clean carpets are our mission, and our years of experience have allowed us to provide nothing short of exceptional service, every time. Call today to set up your free consultation and be on the right track to keeping your carpets looking great and performing like new for its entire long lifespan.
To your clean and healthy home,
President, One of a Kind Pros
Top-Rated Carpet Cleaning Professionals
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