Carpets are a popular flooring choice in many UK homes for several reasons. For starters, they are incredibly soft and comfortable underfoot, and they are simple both to install and replace. They are versatile from a style and décor perspective, too, making it easy to find a design that fits in with your home’s already-existing look and feel. Finally, they are particularly low maintenance and require minimal care to remain in tip-top condition.
However, while this type of flooring needs limited TLC, it is still important to familiarise yourself with the strategy necessary to preserve your investment. Here is a guide on how to properly care for your carpets to maximise their lifespan.
A powerful vacuum is every carpet’s best friend. It helps eliminate persistent dust and dirt to keep your carpet looking clean and fresh. You can vacuum almost immediately following installation to remove the residual short fibres and continue to do so regularly (about every 2-3 days) after that. The more foot traffic your carpeting sees, the more frequently you will need to vacuum. The required vacuuming frequency will also be determined by whether you have pets and if any of your family members suffer from allergies.
Accidents happen. Luckily, they don’t have to result in the need for a complete carpet replacement. If you accidentally spill wine or juice on your carpet, or your pet has an accident, the key is to deal with it quickly and with the right stain removal products. You can buy special carpet stain removal chemicals at the shops, but there is also the option of going the more natural route and making your own. The best ingredients for this include lukewarm water, dishwashing liquid, and/or vinegar. Always remember to gently blot the stain to absorb any excess moisture before trying to remove it.
Vacuuming will only get you so far. Eventually, you will need to bring in a professional carpet cleaner to conduct a deep cleaning on your behalf. This service will include steam cleaning, deodorising to get rid of unpleasant odours, and a high-pressure rinse, which keeps the carpet’s pH neutral. Most flooring experts recommend professional cleaning at least every 12-18 months. If you want to cut costs and take on the labour yourself, there is also the option of hiring professional carpet cleaning equipment.
Invest in mats
A clever way in which to preserve your carpets is to enforce a ‘no shoes’ policy indoors. The next best thing is to invest in a few water-absorbent mats, as well as a coarse doormat for the entrance of your house. The latter will aid in removing any dirt and debris from everyone’s shoes before they step inside, which can play a huge role in keeping your floors clean.
Where to buy carpets?
Now that you know how to care for them properly, you can confidently invest in carpets for your home. When looking for a carpet in London, A Flooring Boutique should always be your first choice. We specialise in carpet supply and fitting for a complete, cost-effective, and convenient solution.
Contact us today for details!