by Staff Writer
Proper cleaning and maintenance of your carpet and area rugs can keep them looking like new. When you choose carpeting, take into account how much wear the carpet will receive and how difficult it will be to remove stains. These factors are just as important as color or pattern decisions. Choosing the right carpets and area rugs for your lifestyle can make floor care a simple procedure and ensure that you'll be able to enjoy your new purchase for years to come.
Vacuum your carpets and rugs. Vacuuming as much as three times each week is recommended to remove dirt and dust. If you don't vacuum regularly, dirt can be ground into your carpeting, causing stains that are difficult to remove. Most manufacturers recommend disabling beater bars when vacuuming wool rugs.
Inspect your carpet weekly for loose fibers or stains. Cut off loose fibers close to the carpet surface to prevent pulls from developing in the carpet.
Spot clean stains as soon as they happen. Blot excess moisture from the stain with a paper towel, and then use a carpet cleaning spray to remove the stain. Be sure to scrape off any solid materials before you apply the spray. Use enzymatic cleaners on pet accidents to remove both the stain and the odor.
Trim your pets' nails every week to prevent pulls in your carpet. Also, ask your family members to avoid wearing cleats or golf shoes on your carpeting.
Have your carpet professionally cleaned once each year. If you have a large amount of carpeting in your home, you may want to buy a home carpet cleaning machine.
Protect your carpets from fading. Close blinds or shades during the sunniest part of the day to prevent fading of your carpet.
Rotate area rugs twice each year. Rotating area rugs prevents wear patterns and paths from developing. If you can't rotate your rugs, change the position of your furniture.
If your pets or children track in clumps of mud, wait for the mud to dry rather than trying to immediately clean the stain. Dried mud can often be vacuumed away, leaving only a small stain.