Keeping Your Carpet Looking Good.

By: Rick Skew

A brand new Carpet is a costly investment. Look after it properly and it will last a long time and still look good. However, there are a great deal of misconceptions and untruths about how to look after it properly. Allow me to share 5 common myths. Read them, follow them and you will see a great return on you investment.

Will buying cheap carpet save you cash?
Buying cheap carpet will cost you more cash in the long run. This is because cheap carpet wears more quickly and you will find yourself replacing it more often. As fitting the carpet is a huge amount of the overall cost, you will probably soon wish you had purchased a greater quality floor covering. Cheap carpets are created using carpet fibre such as Olefin. It has an extremely low resistance to wear. Higher quality carpets contain natural fibres like wool and nylon fibres with a hard latex backing. This makes it far more durable and resistant to wear. A great quality carpet can last for 20 years or more.

Can I save some cash by buying cheaper underlay?
No. You won’t save cash in the long run here. Buy one of the best quality underlay you can afford. Cheap underlay tends to malfunction 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 do not need professional cleaning, right?
Wrong. All carpets, regardless of their age, trap small, microscopic bits of dirt. These break down the fibres in the carpet. This is how the carpet becomes threadbare and worn. The fuzz inside your 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 cash by using a home carpet cleaning machine?
Not a great 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 are good at getting water into the carpet, generally they do not have the power to extract it quickly or efficiently. The carpet then takes days to dry, leaving it open to mould and mildew. This breaks down the carpet backing and the carpet fibres begin 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 normally completely dry within 2 to 4 hours. If you want your carpet to last and smell nice – get them professionally cleaned.

I have marks 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 usually not stain specific and are designed to address all kinds of stains such as 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 manufactured from a range of different materials and fibres.
Specially formulated, professional fibre and stain specific products work best. You keeps your carpet looking good 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 will not have to replace your carpet so frequently!

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I have been involved in the carpet industry for many years. For my training I went to an organization called Contract Flooring. They taught me everything that I know about carpets.

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