If you have had to replace carpet in the past few years, you know just how expensive it can be! There are fortunately some tricks to keep your carpet looking newer and lasting much longer. Here are some things you can do to ensure your carpet has a longer life span
Take off the shoes
Yes, what your mother had nagged about you as a child really works. Shoes add to the war and tear of the carpet, even if they are perfectly clean. Make it a rule to never wear shoes in the house, even if they look perfectly clean on the bottoms.
Wear slippers or socks
Have a look at your child’s bare feet and you will probably be amazed at just how grubby they actually are, even when you think they haven’t been walking anywhere in bare feet other than just inside. And not only that, since feet sweat, walking barefoot on carpet can deposit sweat and oils on the carpet too.Â So keep everyone in socks or slippers when walking inside.
Rearrange the furniture
Carpet wears out in those heavy traffic areas first, so make a point of arranging furniture and other decor items around so that the same path doesn’t become completely worn out. Switch around where the coffee table and sofas are, or move where the kitchen table is regularly (and it also helps to prevent one place having a concentration of spilled food if you have a messy toddler!) if it is a hallway, place a plan or small table on one side, then switch sides every month or two. Christmas time is a great time to switch up, since most living rooms will be accommodating a large Christmas tree too.
Vacuum at least weekly
The longer dirt sits on carpet, the more opportunity it has to become ground in. So make sure you regularly vacuum, with a once-a-week routine ideal.Â And if you have a shedding pet, you will need to up that to twice or more a week.
Steam clean or hire cleaners
Once or twice a year either steam clean the carpets yourself or hire a professional to do it for you. Keep your eye out for coupons in your coupon inserts, you will often find discount coupons available for a free room done or a bonus sofa cleaning when the carpets are done.