Carpet care goes beyond just vacuuming now and then. Carpeting is a little more work than just a quick mop for vinyl flooring, so keep that in mind when you’re choosing new flooring for your home.
Most homeowners think that a weekly vacuum is all the carpet care that needs to be done. While regular vacuuming is certainly important, there is a little bit more to do if you want it to look like new for many years.
High traffic areas need to be protected. While some will put down long strips of heavy plastic in entryways, you don’t have to go so commercial looking. You can get a beautiful runner rug that adds a lovely accent design and a little color to your room. It is easy to clean the rug when it becomes soiled, leaving your carpet clean underneath. Just remember to vacuum under the runner each time you vacuum.
Clean your carpet regularly, particularly if you have pets. Cats and dogs can make quite the mess of carpet even when they are well potty-trained. They track dirt in from outside, leave a shadow of dirt from their coat on their favorite floor spots to relax and their hair and dander go deep into the carpet. It is recommended that a pet household should have the carpet professionally cleaned at least every six months. If you have more than one pet then it will likely be every 3 months.
Carpet odors can happen even in the best of homes. Cigar or cigarette smoking, cooking odors, pet accidents and other crimes against carpet flooring just happen. To take care of these odors you need to call a professional carpet cleaner periodically. Never use powders on your carpet. They tend to gum up the carpet and reduce its life.