3 tips to keep new carpet looking new
That fresh new carpet; the look, the soft feel, the smell, and you want it to stay this way forever! What steps can you take, aside from covering the entire carpeted areas of your home in some sort of see-through plastic? After all, you want to enjoy it, and even show it off a bit so your neighbors and others can feel comfortable and enjoy themselves while there too. So these are 3 simple steps to keeping that new carpet new:
Not to be confused with scotch guarding, which may or may not be good for the carpet depending on the type you have, but the first thing you can do is use rugs and runners in high traffic areas. This will minimize both soiling and crushing in these areas, but it can also provide beautiful accents of color to your home. High-traffic areas can include hallways, entryways, and the areas in front of couches and chairs, but high traffic in no way limited to these areas.
2. Vacuum and clean the carpet regularly
Vacuuming on a regular basis is another way to keep carpets looking fresh because it eliminates dirt in the fibers of the carpet. When dirt and dust is left in carpet and the carpet is walked on, it can damage the fiber and change the way the fibers reflect light - making the carpet look dingy or dull. When you vacuum, you remove these damaging particles, prolonging the life of your carpet. This includes a thorough cleaning every 12-18 months.
3. Avoid using carpet powder products
Carpet powders are a popular way to eliminate odor in your carpet - however, they can leave traces of powder residue in the carpet, especially if you overuse them. You may not see this residue until the next time you have your carpet steam cleaned or shampooed. Then, you’ll see a white, sometimes sticky film on top of your carpet- so if you absolutely must use carpet powder, use it sparingly.