Waukesha homeowners love the look and feel of carpeting. In fact, it is one of the most popular flooring options we sell here at Floor Coverings International® of Waukesha. New, high-quality wall-to-wall carpeting may not be cheap, but when it’s properly maintained, it can last for decades. Read on for advice on how to keep your carpeting in tip-top shape.
Preventative Carpet Care
The best way to take care of your carpeting is to prevent dirt and damage from acclimating in the first place. Most carpet wear and tear comes from dirt, sand, and other grit that is brought in from the outside. Here are some ways to minimize this hazard:
- Decide to be a shoes-off household. Shoes are meant to protect your feet from the outdoors, not indoors. Taking them off before you enter protects your carpet from outside contaminants.
- Place floor mats in entryways and other high-trafficked parts of your home, such as hallways, kitchens, and family rooms.
- Make sure your pets aren’t introducing dirt with their feet. Simply wipe the pads of their feet off before they walk on your carpet. Be sure to use pet-safe cleaners.
Vacuum Your Carpeting
According to carpet cleaning experts, you should vacuum your wall-to-wall carpeting at least once per week—more often if you have pets or a large family. Vacuuming removes dirt from your carpet before you have the chance to step on it, spreading it and potentially causing damage.
Deep Clean the Carpet
Carpets should be steam cleaned at least once per year. You can rent personal cleaners from your local home improvement store, however, professional carpet cleaning services can add years to the life of your carpeting, and it’s well worth the investment.
For more information about how to keep your carpets clean, reach out to the local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International® of Waukesha. We proudly serve the greater Waukesha, Brookfield, Milwaukee area.
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