Warm, comfortable and stylish, carpet is a popular flooring choice for many homeowners, however, to keep it in good condition there a few feel areas of maintenance you need to upkeep. Unlike hard flooring which only requires a good sweep or mop to stay looking good, carpet needs a little more TLC to stay fresh and stain-free.
In busy family homes it’s easy to dirt to stain your carpets, however, it’s just as easy to incorporate carpet cleaning into your routine and with a few simple steps you can help your carpet last for years to come.
So, how can you keep your carpet looking brand new? Read on to learn all you need to know about carpet maintenance.
Tips for looking after your carpet
How good your carpets look depends on your daily routine and habits. Homes that have pets or small children may notice that their carpets get grubbier a little quicker, but that’s not to say you can’t keep them in good condition. If you look after your carpet it could last as long as 10 years, saving you money in the long run and keeping your home looking good.
Read on for our top tips for keeping your carpet pristine.
Keep up a good routine
Developing a good cleaning routine is the first step to having fresh and spotless carpets. Start by vacuuming your carpets at least once a week, however, high traffic areas such as your hallway and stairs may need to be vacuumed more often. Routinely vacuuming your carpets will stop debris and dust from being ground deeper into the carpet fibers, making the surface look grubby and older than it actually is. You should also get into the habit of removing your shoes before you walk through the house – perhaps invest is some doormats where you can place your shoes or wipe your feet being coming in.
Invest in a good vacuum
Having a good vacuum will make a world of difference when it comes to keeping your carpets clean. These types of appliances are investment pieces, so buying cheaply could make vacuuming your floors a much slower process and not give you the results you want. In comparison, a good-quality vacuum will have good suction, the right size capacity for your home and useful attachments that can be sued for hard to reach areas and other surfaces such as upholstery and hard floors.
When you upgrade your cleaning tools you’ll soon notice the difference in your results. Since vacuuming is something that needs to be done regularly, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth each time you use it.
Clean up spillages
Never leave spillages to soak up into your carpet as the longer you leave it the harder it will be to remove. Instead, blot the stain as soon as it occurs to prevent it from sinking deeper into the fibers. Some stains are harder to remove such as blood, red wine and coffee, so these may require a cleaning solution to remove them fully. A good way of preventing food stains is to not eat your meals in the living room or other carpeted areas, and if you do, ensure that it’s at a table or on a try if you can.
Even with a good cleaning routine, it may be worth giving your carpets a deep clean every so often. You can easily hire an industrial carpet cleaner and do it yourself or hire a cleaning company that can blitz your home or just one room. Flooring experts use specialist vacuums to remove stubborn down and ingrained stains from your carpet. They work by pumping a mix of water and cleaning solution into the carpet which removes dirt that cannot be reached using a regular vacuum, drawing out stains and making your carpet looking like new.
Leaving dirt to fester in your carpet can encourage bad smells and make your home look grubby, so always take the time to give things a deep clean. Inbetween deep cleaning sessions, it may be a good idea to invest in carpet cleaning products that can be used on small stains and keep things fresh.
The benefits of carpeting your home
Carpet installation can make your home comfortable and complement your decor – which is why it’s remained such as popular choice among homeowners. Here at Cooper Williams, we can help you find the perfect carpet for your home whether you’re looking for a luxurious deep pile or a durable loop pile that’s suitable for high traffic areas.
Read on to learn about some of the top benefits of installing carpet.
There’s nothing like the cosy feeling of carpet throughout your home, adding warmth and comfort wherever it’s placed. You will really notice the benefits of carpet, especially during the winter, when stepping onto a cold hard floor isn’t ideal. Living rooms and bedrooms especially can be made a lot cosier when carpet is installed, and you may find that it also lowers your energy bills. As a natural insulator carpet can trap heat and warm up the room.
Improves your decor
There are so many options to choose from when it comes to carpet, so you’re bound to find something that’s perfect. Whether you’d like something bright and bold, neutral or printed, you may find that you have greater choice with carpets over hard floors. They also come in many different piles – this refers to the density of the carpet fibers such as thick carpets that are shaggy or flat carpets that are weaved. If you have a particular theme in mind and you’d like flooring to match, choosing carpet could improve your decor.
Installing carpet can reduce noise around the home as it absorbs sounds. With early morning starts or late working hours, ensuring that disruption is minimal may be a top priority for you. Generally, wood is noisier than carpet since it echoes, so if noise pollution is a problem in your home, carpet can improve acoustics and reduce the transmission of noise.
If you have mobility problems or a little unsteady on your feet, carpet could be a safer option compared to wood flooring. Carpet offers more grip than wood or vinyl, reducing your chances of slips and falls. Plus, if you have young children this can also be beneficial if they are learning to walk or you just want to make your home a little bit safer for them. If anyone does fall, the impact will be cushioned by the carpet meaning injuries should be less serious.
Cooper Williams: The carpet and flooring specialists in Shrewsbury
Here at Cooper Williams, we’re proud to be award-winning roofing and flooring experts in Shrewsbury and Shropshire, offering high-quality carpet installation that you’ll love. New flooring can completely transform a space, from fluffy new carpet to glossy hard flooring, we have options to suit every taste and budget. We also offer a 20 year flooring guarantee, competitive quotes and excellent customer service for all of our clients. Get in touch today to hear more about our made to measure service and we’ll find a flooring solution that’s perfect for you.