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The Benefits of Carpet - Cleaning Tips to Keep Their Beauty

Sep 16, 2008
One of the largest investments you make inside your home is what you choose for your flooring. The most common choice as a floor covering is carpeting and the reasons for their popularity are both practical and aesthetic. Unlike other types of flooring, carpet is a natural insulator, providing warmth in winter and keeping cool air trapped during summer months. It reduces the noise level by eliminating or muffling the clatter of different sounds. It is also soft underfoot, providing a comfortable walking surface and reducing fatigue.

The beauty of carpet is evident in the overwhelming selection of styles, patterns and colours in which it is offered. Before choosing a particular style you should consider how much use the areas to be carpeted will receive and whether you will be able to keep the carpet cleaner. It is always best to balance the elegance of your carpets with the areas they are to be used. Entrance-ways, halls and stairways should have carpets that will not show wear and tear because these areas are usually subject to heavy traffic and the carpet cleaning is generally more difficult. Rooms which are favorite play areas for children, such as family rooms, also take a lot of punishment, so make sure durability is a consideration.

Most people want their carpets to last long and look good throughout their home. In order to achieve this, you should take certain steps to ensure that your carpet looks good even after years and years of wear and tear. In order to extend the life of your carpet follow a few of these simple carpet cleaning tips.

Regular vacuuming is the most important thing to do if you want your carpet cleaner. Contrary to popular belief, regular vacuuming will extend and not decrease the life of your carpet. Friction caused by embedded dust and grime is responsible for breaking down the fibers in your carpet and for carpets losing their color and sheen. Vacuum your carpet at least every other day to keep it clean from carpet killing dust.

Another major enemy of carpets and their life are moisture and stains. Apart from having carpet cleaning products for all kinds of stains on hand, it is important to get your carpet coated with an anti stain finish like Scotchgard. While this does not mean that your carpet will become stain proof, it will definitely become stain resistant. Any extra protection that you add to your carpet can only make it easier to keep your carpet cleaner.

Wear and tear is another issue that you need to tackle, especially for high quality carpets. Generally, carpets get worn out at certain places while other areas keep looking like new. If we are looking at wall to wall carpeting, then you should consider using area rugs or entrance mats at high traffic places like corridors, in front of doors and near tables to save your carpet from getting worn out. This will prolong the life of your carpet for many years.

The use of carpet padding is extremely important to save your carpet from uneven wear and tear. Put plastic foam carpet padding under all your area rugs and carpets to ensure that they get evenly worn out. Another thing that you should make it a point to do is to rotate the furniture that is kept on your carpet regularly so that your carpet does not get permanently depressed at certain places where furniture has been placed for a long time.

Apart from cleaning your carpet at home by vacuuming, you should also get them professionally cleaned at least once a year. This will help in taking out embedded dust particles from carpet fibers, bringing back its sheen and give it a soft hand. After getting your carpets cleaned, get them coated with carpet protection finish.

Following these simple carpet cleaning tips will ensure the beauty of your carpets for many years. They will look good far beyond your expectations.
About the Author
Jim Thornton has been carpet cleaning for over 30 years. In that time many methods of cleaning have been used but the best results have been achieved with dry foam extraction and a cleaning solution using encapsulation technology. For more information go to www.bubblesandsuds.ca
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