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Regular Carpet Care

By Michael Hilton

What you should expect from your carpet

Carpet is a textile fabric and is, by its nature, a variable product. It may differ slightly in color or texture from lot to lot. Each lot also may differ slightly from the samples. The performance of your carpet will vary depending on use and carpet care. All carpet will change texture and color with use, but greater changes can be expected where your carpet is exposed to the heaviest traffic, sunlight, moisture, or other conditions. Keep in mind that as a fabric subjected to foot traffic, carpet is subject to more abuse than any other home furnishing. The amount of care you give your new carpet will impact its long-term appearance.

Carpet care and maintenance

The purchase and installation of your new carpet represents a substantial investment. All consumer products require a sustained effort to protect them against the wear attributed to normal use. Carpet receives more abuse from soil, spills, and foot traffic than any other household item. While today's carpet seldom wears out, its appearance will begin to change gradually over time until its appearance is no longer acceptable. In order to keep your new carpet clean and fresh-looking it is important to provide carpet the same care and attention that you would any household investment. To adequately care for carpet, three procedures are required: vacuuming, regular cleaning, and quick attention to spills.

Maintenance and Care of Your New Carpet

Despite the engineering that goes into the design of the fiber chemistry; in spite of how carefully the carpet is constructed; regardless of the state of the art topical soil and stain treatments; even with careful shopping and agonizing over the purchase of your new carpet, no purchase will be satisfactory if proper care is not given. The average carpet installation is destined to fail because most consumers have no idea of proper techniques to care for their new product. Cleaning carpet every seven years is the norm for most carpet installations.

Few people have an awareness of how much soil and debris is tracked into their home, because carpet does an excellent job in hiding this soil. Can you imagine wet mopping your kitchen every seven years? Or wearing a pair of jeans 45 days in a row without washing them? Or even washing your bed sheets only every 3-4 months. While it is difficult to imagine these comparisons and not easy to believe that your carpet can get this dirty, remember this is a fabric that is exposed to constant foot traffic. It is a product that you lay on to watch TV. A product that your baby or grandbaby will crawl on and grow up with. It should receive the same attention that you give the automobile, lawnmower, snow blower, garden, or even the kitchen vinyl.

The following section is intended to be a comprehensive care guide for your new carpet. We have included links for identifying trained professional cleaners, spot removal (carpet stain removal) instructions and a comprehensive spot guide, vacuum cleaner recommendations, and do-it-yourself instructions. While it is impossible to answer every question related to care of your product, we welcome questions. Answers may be slow because of site volume, but they should be answered in due time. Please remember that this web site is a hobby and not a life sustaining business.

Product Care

Certain care procedures are recommended for enhancing the beauty of your carpet, so that it provides years of service. Proper care of your carpet can increase its lifetime over minimal or neglectful care programs. The following care recommendations are the basis for satisfactory performance of your new carpet purchase and should be initiated immediately following carpet installation. A proper care plan is divided into preventive care, daily care, and regular cleaning.

Preventive care includes anything attempted to reduce the amount of soil brought into a home. Eighty percent (80%) of the soil brought into a home is tracked in on the soles of shoes. Entry mats are one example of a preventative care measure.

Daily care includes spot removal (carpet stain removal) and vacuum cleaning. Select an efficient vacuum cleaner that removes soil and offers a high efficiency filtration system. Less efficient vacuums allow soil to pass through the vacuum bag becoming airborne. These airborne soils then settle on other surfaces. Carpet should be vacuumed a minimum of twice weekly. Traffic lanes and areas near exterior doors should be vacuumed daily with multiple vacuum passes. These areas are where the bulk of household soil is trapped. Failure to vacuum these areas regularly may lead to permanent carpet damage.

All residential carpet should be cleaned a minimum of every twelve (12) to eighteen (18) months. Consult the carpet manufacturer to determine the recommended method of cleaning.

Did you know?

Recommended carpet care includes regular carpet cleaning, periodic maintenance, purchase of a good vacuum cleaner, quick spot removal (carpet stain removal), a preventive carpet care plan, good vacuuming procedure and the use of entry mats.

About the Author
Michael Hilton was the original creator of Carpet Buyers Handbook. Having owned and operated a carpet wholesale company, Hilton has a vast knowledge about all-things carpet related as well as other types of flooring.

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