Keeping Your Carpet In Good Condition

By: Rick Skuw


A brand new Carpet is a costly investment. Take care of it properly and it will last a long time and still look good. However, there are a whole lot of misconceptions and untruths about how to take care of it properly. Listed here are five common myths. Read them, follow them and youíll see an excellent return on you investment.

Will buying cheap carpet save money?
Buying cheap carpet will amount to more money in the long run. This is because cheap carpet wears more quickly and you will end up replacing it more often. As fitting the carpet is a significant amount of the overall cost, youíll soon wish you had purchased a higher quality floor covering. Cheap carpets are made with carpet fibre such as Olefin. It has quite a low resistance to wear. Higher quality carpets contain natural fibres such as wool and nylon fibres with a hard latex backing. This makes it way more durable and resistant to wear. A good quality carpet can last for 20 years or more.

Can I save some cash by buying cheaper underlay?
No. You will not save money in the long run here. Buy one of the best quality underlay you can afford. Cheap underlay has a tendency to break down quicker and lose its bounce. This has a detrimental effect on the carpet it supports, allowing it to wear quicker. Buy a good quality underlay and protect your carpet.

Carpets under 2 years old donít will want professional cleaning, right?
Wrong. All carpets, regardless of their age, trap small, microscopic bits of dirt. These break down the fibres in your carpet. That is how the carpet becomes threadbare and worn. The fuzz inside the vacuum cleaner is made up of carpet fibres. Professional carpet cleaning machines remove this dirt and soiling very efficiently. Have your carpets professionally cleaned annually.

Can I save money by using a home carpet cleaning machine?
Not a good idea for the long term health of the carpet. Professional carpet cleaning machines cost thousands of pounds. Domestic carpet cleaning machines are cheap and underpowered. While they may be good at getting water into the carpet, generally they donít possess the power to extract it quickly or effectively. The carpet then takes days to dry, leaving it exposed to mould and mildew. This breaks down the carpet backing and the carpet fibres start to fall out. A professional carpet cleaning machine pumps water and soap into the carpet and extracts the dirty residue from the surface straight away. The carpet is often completely dry within 2 to 4 hours. If you want your carpet to last and smell nice Ė get them professionally cleaned.

I have stains on my carpet. Can I treat them with stain removing chemicals?
No. Generally speaking, consumer carpet stain removal products contain abrasive chemicals. You might get away with using them once or twice, but consistent use may fade the colour from the carpet and damage the fibres. This is because they are not stain specific and are designed to address a wide variety of stains like blood, red wine, coffee, oil and pet soiling. These stains are made up of various chemicals themselves, so they do not respond well to generic products. Also, carpets are made from a range of different materials and fibres.
Specially formulated, professional fibre and stain specific products work best. You keeps your carpet looking great for longer when you pay for a professional carpet cleaning company to come and remove the stains. If you follow the above tips you will almost certainly save yourself money because you wonít have to replace your carpet so frequently!

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