Buying Inexpensive Carpets Will Cost You More.

By: Steve Drumm

Buying cut-rate carpet will probably cost you more cash in the long run. This is because cheap carpet wears more quickly and you will find yourself changing it more frequently. As fitting the carpet is a significant amount of the overall cost, you will soon wish you had invested in a higher quality floor covering.

low-priced carpets are made with carpet fibre such as Olefin. It has an alarmingly low resistance to wear. Higher quality carpets contain natural fibres such as wool and nylon fibres with a tough latex backing. This makes it far more resilient and resistant to wear. A good quality carpet can last for 20 years.

Can I save money by buying less expensive underlay?

No. You won’t save cash in the long run here. Buy the finest quality underlay you can afford. cheap underlay has a tendency to break down and drop its bounce. This has a harmful effect on the carpet that it supports, allowing it to wear more rapidly. Buy a good quality underlay and protect your carpet.

Carpets less than 2 years old don’t will require professional cleaning, right?

Incorrect. All carpets, in spite of of their age trap small, microscopic bits of dirt. These break down the fibres in the carpet. This is how the carpet gets frayed and dilapidated. The fluff in the vacuum cleaner is made up of carpet fibres.

Specialized carpet cleaning apparatus get rid of this dirt and soiling very effectively. Have your carpets competently cleaned annually.

Can I save cash using a home carpet cleansing machine?

This is not a good idea for the long term health of your carpet. Professional carpet cleaning machinery cost thousands of pounds. Domestic carpet cleaning machines are cheap and underpowered.

While they are good at putting water into the carpet, usually they do not have the strength to remove it rapidly or successfully. 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 removes the dirty residue from the surface very quickly. The carpet is typically totally dry inside 2 to 6 hours.

If you want your carpet to last and smell nice – get them professionally cleaned.

I have stains on my carpet. Can I take care of 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 will in all probability fade the colour from your carpet and spoil the fibres.

This is because they are not stain specific and are designed to address a wide variety of stains such as blood, red wine, coffee, oil and pet soiling. These stains are made up of different chemicals themselves, so they don’t respond well to generic products. Also, carpets are made from dissimilar materials and fibres.

Specially formulated, specialized fibre and stain specific products work best. You will keep your carpet looking good for longer if you pay for a professional carpet cleaning business to come and remove the marks for you.
Keep these tips in mind and you can keep a quality carpet looking fresh for 20 years. And this will definitely save you money – because you will not have to replace it!

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

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