New Carpet Care and Maintenance? This article is for the benefit of practical homeowners who want to have their carpet last as long as possible.
Carpet has become one of the most costly of all home improvement projects and if not cared for properly it will surely wear out prematurely or worse.
Getting Sound Carpet Cleaning Advice
It’s very hard to find complete, honest and accurate carpet information and most consumers tend to get conflicting carpet advice from numerous sources including sly salespeople, crazy carpet cleaners, backyard bloggers and wacky website wordsmiths.
Proper Carpet Care Starts the Day your New Carpet is Installed!
The Carpet installers just packed up all their tools and drove off into the sunset. Your new carpet is finally installed and you are standing there in the middle of living room marveling at how beautiful it looks! Get out your camera and take some pictures!
Take lots of pictures of every room to document the way it looks today. Having these photos could be very important to you in the future should you have need to file a claim with the carpet manufacturer. File them away in a drawer along with your sales receipt and a copy of the full manufacturers warranty.
The vacuum you use will help determine how long your carpet will last. You must have a good quality vacuum that is in good working order.
Many homeowners think their old vacuum is doing a great job and they never take it in to have it serviced.
Even if you have the top of the line model, you still need to have your vacuum serviced at least once a year.
Some of you may have paid thousands to buy a Rainbow or Kirby vacuum from a smooth talking door-to-door salesperson way back in 1972, but you still need to have it serviced regularly if you want your new carpet to last as long as possible!
If you prefer to have your kids do the vacuuming, make sure they take their time and do a good job!
New Carpet Warranty
You did read the full manufacturer’s carpet warranty didn’t you? If not, do it as soon as you can. It will give you specific instructions as to what you must do to keep your new carpet warranty in force. If they have any care or maintenance requirements, take them seriously.
For example, if they recommend you use a vacuum with a beater bar, then it means you must use a vacuum with a beater bar and it must be in good working order. There is no room for creative interpretation on your part. If you do not follow all their recommendations to the letter your new carpet warranty will be null and voided.
Your First Spot on the Carpet
Sooner or later something will be spilled on your new carpet and you will have a chance to see how easy it cleans up.
Every new carpet has some form of anti-stain technology and while some are definitely better than others they all do a pretty good job.
In your new carpet warranty they list what types of stains are covered and those that are not. Most carpet manufacturer websites have a carpet care guide that will tell you the proper method to use to do simple spot cleaning.
You should always have this information handy or go online and visit their website to see what they recommend.
If that is not available you can also do a Google Search for “Carpet Stain Removal” and visit a reputable carpet cleaning website.
Daily Carpet Wear and Tear
Every household is different and you must determine what makes your home most damaging to your carpet.
Maybe you have teenagers who have a lot of friends and they run up and down the stairs fifty times a day. Perhaps you have twin toddlers that wander around with sippy cups spilling milk and juice wherever they go.
Or it might be just you and your spouse both sitting in a recliner in front of the television in the same spot, night after night. You can take steps to combat what I call “Rug Burn”.
To help reduce wear and tear on your carpet, you can:
- Put runners down the hallway or in front of the couch that will help reduce abrasive wear and tear.
- Use self-sticking clear plastic on the stairs to reduce the abrasion from your active kids and pets.
- Move the furniture around a couple times a year to change the traffic pattern.
New Carpet Care and Maintenance? To limit difficult stains from spills, give your children apple juice instead of cherry koolaid and spread miracle whip instead of mustard on those hot dogs! In other words… Be proactive!
Regular Professional Carpet Cleaning
It may not make sense to you at first, but you need to have your carpet cleaned before it starts to look dirty.
If you wait until your carpet looks dirty, the grit and grime will already be causing irreversible abrasive damage to your carpet.
“Most carpet warranties require professional cleanings at least every 12 to 24 months.”
The goal here is to help prevent dirt and grime from causing abrasive damage to your carpet in the first place.
For new carpet, I usually recommend you have your first professional cleaning between 12 and 18 months and then once a year thereafter.
Learn more about Carpet Cleaning Cost and Prices.
For older carpets that are beyond any warranty coverage, a thorough cleaning at least every other year would be wise.
Keep all your carpet cleaning receipts as proof of when you had your carpets cleaned, they will surely ask for them if you ever file a carpet warranty claim!
How to Choose New Carpet Wisely?
When your old carpet begins to mat down and “ugly out” as they say, you will have no recourse with the manufacturer’s warranty and there’s virtually nothing you can do to revive your carpet. Should I buy New Carpet or have my Old Carpet Cleaned?
So if your old carpet is beyond it useful lifespan and you are now in the market for new carpet, visit my free carpet information website to learn how to buy new carpet wisely, how to avoid scams, how to get qualified installation and how to save the most money!
As an expert in all aspects of carpet, I must first say that if you select a carpet that is incapable of tolerating your level of foot traffic in your home, you will not be able to enjoy your carpet’s potential lifespan.
It is imperative that you select the proper grade of carpet to meet your needs, goals, lifestyle and budget. To get a basic idea about what grade of carpet might be best for you take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test.
It’s hard to find an honest and reputable carpet store these days! That’s why I created my own special hand-picked list of locally-owned carpet and flooring stores. They give free estimates, offer fair prices, have knowledgeable staff, provide honest measuring and use qualified installers. Are there any recommended Carpet Stores Near Me?