Carpet and rugs can make your home inviting and cozy, but like other household items, they can show the wear and tear of daily life, especially in high-traffic areas. High-traffic areas are the places you and your family travel through the most in your home. Living rooms, bedrooms, and hallways are typical areas where your carpet and rugs can wear out the soonest. Before the wear and tear becomes permanent, take the following steps to ensure your high-traffic areas stay in great shape for years to come. Remember, a few preventative actions along the way can help you avoid costly repairs or replacements.
Roll Out the Welcome Mat
If dirty shoes are causing distress to your carpet and rugs, it’s time to roll out the welcome mat. This subtle sign encourages family members and guests to leave the dirt where it belongs – outside! Even the friction and dirt particles from clean shows can cause damage, so a “no shoes in the house” rule can work wonders for keeping your carpet and rugs fresh.
Don’t Settle for Dirt
Annoying dirt particles from shoes, bags, and household items left on your carpet and rugs will settle into your carpet. Once the dirt settles, it becomes harder and harder to fully remove the dirt particles yourself. To avoid this nuisance, vacuum your carpet and rugs two to three times per week. This extra effort will maximize the lifespan of your carpets and rugs and save you money overall.
Shade Saves the Day
Damage from walking on carpets is only one type of issue you’ll want to avoid. The sun’s UV rays can also fade your carpet, especially in areas that are already worn. Prevent sun damage by installing blinds or curtains and shield your carpet and rugs when the room is not in use.
Act Fast with Spills
High-traffic areas are also well lived in areas, which means spills and accidents are likely to occur. While most carpet and rugs have some level of stain resistance, it’s imperative to clean up messes on your carpet and rugs as soon as possible. Otherwise, the liquids and spills can settle into your carpet fiber, making them extremely difficult to remove.
Settle the Friction from Your Furniture
The friction from furniture legs against your carpet and rugs can cause permanent fiber damage. Try putting furniture moving sliders under your furniture legs or felt pads on the bottom of your furniture legs to prevent this nuisance. You’ll have a much easier time when rearranging your furniture and your carpet and rugs will stay intact.
Know When to Call the Professionals
Some messes or damage in high-traffic areas are too much for a do-it-yourself approach. Even if you don’t have a disaster on your hands, an annual professional cleaning extends the life of your carpet and rugs. A professional cleaning ensures that the settled in dirt and allergens are removed, leaving you to enjoy your carpet and rugs like they were brand new.
Wear and tear of your carpet and rugs, especially in high-traffic areas, is inevitable. However, there are simple steps you can take to care for them, so they stay like new for much longer. When it’s time for your annual carpet and rug cleaning, or if a mess gets too big to handle, you can count on Clifford the Carpet Cleaner.