Got New Carpet? Keep it Looking That Way
Vacuuming. That’s right. Just one little verb will add years to the life of your carpet. There are a few other things you need to do, too, but this is one thing you need to do regularly from the time your carpet is installed until its last breath. Now read on to find out the other ways to stretch your hard-earned dollars.
Preventive Maintenance Sounds as pleasant as pulling a tooth, huh? All it really means is using doormats and taking off your shoes. These two super simple measures cut down on the amount of soil brought into your house and onto your carpet. Doormats trap dirt that you bring in on your shoes, and that’s less dirt to soil your carpet and damage the carpet fibers.
Vacuum Regularly It’s soil in carpet that breaks down the carpet fibers. Carpet grabs dirt, where it gets trapped, drops down to the pile, and then grinds down the carpet fibers, kind of like fingernails on a chalkboard. The key is to remove that dirt before it causes damage.
Spill, Spot and Stain Removal An untreated spill becomes a spot, and a spot becomes a stain, and each one is increasingly harder to get out of your beautiful floor coverings. We totally get that you can’t watch that new puppy or messy toddler or sloppy teen all the time, but do your best to mop up that spilled soda or your dog’s liquid gold immediately. If you don’t, the dyes could penetrate the carpet and magically reappear for years to come! Use plain paper towels or white absorbent cloths, and always blot – don’t scrub! Use spot and stain cleaners, and follow the manufacturer’s directions. If the spill was legendary and seeped into the carpet backing, you might have problems with the stain reappearing, but persistence is the name of the game. With pet accidents, be sure to use stain and odor removers that keep Fido from re-soiling the same area. (Unfortunately we don’t know of a product to keep your toddlers and teens from making lots of messes.)
Regular Cleaning Most carpet manufacturers recommend cleaning your carpet every 12-18 months in addition to regular vacuuming and spill/spot removal. You’re in luck! Simplicity makes a carpet extractor with detergent and pre-treatment, and we make a dry carpet cleaner with pre-treatment, in an original formula and a formula just for pet owners. Simplicity’s Healthy Home “Take Your Carpet to the Cleaners” dry carpet cleaner and “Carpets Dirty? I’m Your Solution” extractor detergent will not damage your carpet or erode its stain-resistant qualities.
The Carpet and Rug Institute keeps a list of vacuums that have the CRI Seal of Approval and approved cleaning products and carpet extractors that are good for your carpet – and the environment. Simplicity products have gone through extensive testing to meeting this organization’s criteria so that we can feel good about our products, and you can feel good about how well you’re maintaining your carpet.
So get moving, and take care of that carpet! You’ll have the best looking carpet on the block and the satisfaction of knowing you’ve stretched that carpet investment wisely.