Keeping Your Carpet in Good Condition

By: Rick Skew

A new Carpet is a costly investment. Take care of it properly and it will last a long period of time and still look good. However, there is a lot 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 an excellent return on you investment.

Will buying cheap carpet save you cash?
Buying cheap carpet will cost you more money 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 major 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 much more durable and resistant to wear. The best quality carpet can last for 20 years or more.

Can I save money by buying cheaper underlay?
No. You are not going to save money in the long term here. Buy the best quality underlay you can afford. Cheap underlay has a tendency 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 of age do not will require professional cleaning, right?
Wrong. All carpets, regardless of their age, trap small, microscopic bits of dirt. These break down the fibres in the carpet. That 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 money by using a home carpet cleaning machine?
Not an excellent idea for the long-term health of your 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 do not have the power to extract it quickly or effectively. The carpet then takes days to dry, leaving it open to mould and mildew. This breaks down the carpet backing and then 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 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 may 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 handle all kinds of stains including blood, red wine, coffee, oil and pet soiling. These stains are made up of different chemicals themselves, so they donít respond well to generic products. Also, carpets are manufactured from a variety of different materials and fibres.
Specially formulated, professional fibre and stain specific products work best. You will keep your carpet looking good for longer if 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 are not going to have to replace your carpet so frequently!

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