Make Your Carpet Last Longer.

By: Rick Skuw

A new Carpet is an expensive investment. Take care of it properly and it will last a long period of time and still look good. However, there are a lot of misconceptions and untruths about how to look after it properly. Listed here are 5 common myths. Read them, follow them and you will see a significant 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 cost, you will probably soon wish you had purchased a higher quality floor covering. Cheap carpets are made with carpet fibre like Olefin. It has a very low resistance to wear. Higher quality carpets contain natural fibres such as 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 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 don’t will require 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 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 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 may be good at getting water into the carpet, generally they don’t 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 very quickly. 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 stains on my carpet. Can I treat them with stain removing chemical substances?
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 not stain specific and are designed to address all kinds of stains such as blood, red wine, coffee, oil and pet soiling. The stains are made up of different 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 will keep your carpet looking great 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 won’t 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 joined a company called Carpet Fitters London. They taught me everything that I know about carpets.

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