Not many things have the power to make a home cozy and warm like a carpet. It can come in various designs, colors, and textures and breathe life into your living space. Unfortunately, spills, stains as well as daily wear and tear can damage your beautiful carpet or even completely ruin it. However, there are some ways you can prolong your carpet’s life and keep it looking like new for years to come.
Do not carpet high-traffic areas
Not all areas of your home are carpet friendly. In fact, you should avoid placing it in areas that have the most foot traffic, such as door entryways. These areas are often muddy and dirty, so instead place your carpet in the bedroom or the living room.
Don’t forget to wipe your feet
If you want to prolong your carpet’s life, be sure to place an outdoor mat at each entryway so you and your guests can wipe the feet whenever you enter the house. This way you will be able to minimize the dirt and mud coming in contact with your beautiful carpet. If you wish you can also develop a habit of taking off your shoes when coming home and putting on slippers. In order to subtly hint your guests that your home is a shoe-free area, place a basket of cute flip-flops by the front door.
Even if you regularly wipe your feet and take off your shoes when you enter your home, some mud and dirt will inevitably get into your living space. Therefore, make sure you vacuum regularly, at least two or three times a week. This way you will remove dirt and crumbs as well as minimize the effects of foot traffic. In addition, vacuum the carpet underneath area rugs from time to time to eliminate any loose debris.
Protect the carpet
Nowadays you can buy various protector sprays that prevent dullness and wear and tear on your carpet. However, before you spray the whole area, test the spray on a small portion to be sure it won’t change the color of your carpet.
Remove the stains immediately
Every once in a while you will accidentally spill something on your carpet. The moment it happens blot the spill until the area is dry and then vacuum the carpet so it doesn’t mold. If you want to use a stain remover, test it on a hidden area before applying to highly visible areas of your carpet.