Despite the popularity of tiling and laminated flooring options, carpets are a flooring choice that remains common and trusted; this is for a variety of reasons.
While other forms of flooring offer convenience, especially where cleaning is concerned, carpets remains one of the main means to give a house a more homely feel and comfort.
Carpets come in an assortment of styles, colours and patterns, so finding a suitable carpet for each room is relatively easy, but the reason that has driven most people away from carpets and pushing them towards tiling and other forms of flooring is the common misconception of cleaning being a daunting task, which it really ought not to be.
Maintaining a carpet is one of the most important things to remember, as this can help greatly in the overall life of a carpet.
A carpet is made up of textiles, such as polyester, nylon or polypropylene, wool and many others, which make up a ‘pile’ which is then attached to a ‘backing’. The attachment of the ‘pile’ to the ‘backing’ can be constructed in a number of ways, such as knotted, woven, tufted or needle felt, to name a few. This is only a slight indicator of how much work goes into making carpets. The expensive textiles that often go into the manufacturing of carpets also show their worth. Carpets are manufactured all over the world, but are their value is still greatly appreciated in Eastern, European and Asian cultures and countries.
It might be easier for one to choose a flooring option that allows one the convenience of simply wiping clean, but nothing can replace the cold, overly modern reason that often accompanies tiling more than a soft, luxurious carpet can.
It is not difficult to care for a carpet, and once equipped with the necessary information to do so, more people would realise that they can have their home and care for it, too.
Of course, one of the most important tips to remember about caring for your carpet is to vacuum it regularly. Carpets not only pick up the dirt from the number of passengers that walk over it, but it also collects dust particles. Vacuuming your carpet sucks up the dirt from the carpet and also eliminates the bacteria and dirt that can stick in the textile of the carpet when left un-vacuumed for a long period. It is, however, important to note that vacuuming does not completely clean your carpet. The dust that collects in a carpet could cause serious diseases such as asthma, and some vacuum cleaners send the dirt flying into the air, only for the dust to re-settle back on and into the carpet once again; it is therefore important for one to set the vacuum to the correct pile setting so that the dirt absorption and deep cleaning is efficient. With vacuuming it is also critical to remember to change the filter and vacuum bag regularly.
Although it might not be entirely possible, adopting a policy where everyday traffic avoids wearing shoes will assist greatly in the lifespan of your carpet. The throw-rugs or smaller carpets, the life of your carpet can be greatly enhanced by strategically placing it in areas where there is not much traffic passing by walking over it.
As is to be expected with life in general, spillage and messes will be made from time to time. The first thing to remember where spills and messes are concerned is a fast response. The longer you leave a spill, the more difficult it will be to remove the damage, which will of course, result in a stain.
Different spills will need different means of cleaning. It is therefore important to keep in mind what works best for the type of spill.
For example, a cough syrup spill would need immediate cleaning, preferably with ammonia dissolved in some water; it is however, very important to note that this would not be feasible on a carpet that’s main textile is wool. This being said, when purchasing a carpet, it is important to note what textile the carpet is made from, and keeping this in mind for when accidents happen, so that the correct necessary precautions can be taken.
Overall, with all stains, it’s important not to rub the stain, regardless of what the stain is or what you are using in trying to remove the stain.
With all stains, you need to blot the stain with warm soapy water, until the stain is removed, because rubbing the stain will not only introduce the possibility of the strain spreading, leaving a disastrous streak of dirt, but it will also damage the carpet because of the abrasion.
Once you have blotted the stain, the carpet should be left to dry completely.
Washing a carpet is also something that should be done regularly to extend the carpet’s lifespan. A carpet-cleaning machine could be used, or if not, the same blotting technique can be done by hand, but caution should be exercised as not to damage the carpet.
When drying the carpet, if the air is not beneficial for drying, a fan can be used as to speed up the drying.
Professional carpet cleaning is above all the most important way to increase the longevity of your carpet; this can and should not be underestimated. No amount of vacuuming and washing by hand can do what a professional carpet cleaning service can do because no vacuum or washing machine that can be used at home has the same deep-cleaning abilities as the industrial machines as used by professionals; the professionals also have more knowledge on the overall care of carpets and can therefore do a better job.