How to Properly Take Care of Your Carpet

Carpets, throw rugs and other soft floor coverings can add a lot to the ambiance and atmosphere of a house. They can add colour, texture, warmth and a sense of cozy hominess that hard floors can’t always provide. Even if you prefer hard floors, the occasional throw rug can help to protect your flooring and contribute to the general cleanliness of the house. Whether you’ve gone with full room carpeting or just a few rugs here and there, it’s important to give your carpets proper maintenance in order to keep them looking bright and clean. Here are some things you can do to care for your rugs.

Vacuum Regularly

This is a very simple way to keep your carpets in excellent condition. High traffic areas should be vacuumed daily, while the rest of the house should be vacuumed according to a regular schedule. Even lower traffic areas can become built up with dust and debris over time, and the longer it stays where it is, the deeper it will be ground into the carpet making it harder to remove. Make certain to use a high-quality vacuum cleaner and be careful to cover all exposed carpet, even if you have to move furniture, plants and throw rugs to do it.

Protect Trouble Spots

There’s something welcoming about a carpet that comes all the way up to the door, but that stretch of carpet can be a nightmare to keep clean. The same goes for the patch of carpet next to the kitchen floor, which is vulnerable to people unwittingly tracking spilled food out of the kitchen. If your dining room is carpeted, it is an obvious trouble spot. Make sure to protect these easily stained areas by putting down mats, adding throw rugs and cleaning regularly. You can also reduce the amount of dirt that is tracked in from outdoors by instituting a “no shoes in the house” rule, stopping dirt, mud and other debris at the door.

Take Care of Spills Immediately

Since carpets are (obviously) on the floor, the odds are good that anything you drop or spill will make its way down there no matter how careful you are. However, just because you’ve spilled something, it doesn’t mean it’s time to give up on your carpet. Blot out stains immediately, and vacuum up dry spills. Keep a bottle of spot cleaner on hand for when accidents happen. The sooner you get to work removing a stain, the greater chance you’ll have of eliminating it completely.

Start With Good Quality

High quality carpets are not only easier to maintain than poorly made floor coverings, they are so beautiful that you will want to spend the extra time it takes to keep them looking like new. Ashely Fine Floors sells gorgeous carpets, rugs and other flooring options to give your home the look you want. We also provide comprehensive instructions on how to care for all of our merchandise and are happy to answer any questions you might have. Let us help you make your home beautiful!

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How to Stop Your Floors From Being Bleached by the Sun

Hardwood floors are much like our own skin: when exposed to UV light from the sun, floors can be damaged and change colour. Some hardwood can actually benefit from a little exposure to the sun’s rays, but too much and they’ll start to fade, or bleach. Depending on the wood used on your floors, you’ll need to employ some simple tricks to help avoid hardwood bleaching. Here are just some of the ways to protect your hardwood floors from the sun’s harmful rays.

  1. Use a UV Inhibitor Finish

There are many different kinds of finishes on the market for hardwood floors, and an increasing number of them have UV inhibitors. These special chemical compounds act like sunscreen for your hardwood, providing a layer of protection that stops the effects of UV light. When you are finishing your hardwood, (something that should be done regularly) be sure to use a finish with these compounds. It’s one of the simplest and most comprehensive ways to stop bleaching.

  1. Think About Your Windows

Your windows are the reason UV light is hitting your floor, so why not look at the source and work from there? You can do at least three things with your windows to help protect your floors from bleaching:

Replace them: Windows that don’t filter out UV light will not protect your floors, so you may want to start with replacing your windows with models that stop UV light. This can be quite expensive, but it’s well worth the investment since they’ll also help your home stay more energy efficient.

Cover them up: Window coverings are the simplest solution for protecting your hardwood, but this can be inconsistent. Some window coverings can be programmed to close during the heat of the day, stopping light when you’re not home to do it yourself. Either way, you should have window coverings that can block the sun out entirely.

Give the windows their own finish: If you can’t afford to replace your windows, or your windows just need some maintenance instead of complete replacement, try applying a UV resistant film. This film adds an extra invisible layer of UV protection that can help stop bleaching.

  1. Rugs

If you have high traffic areas that seem to get a lot of direct sunlight, put a rug over the floor in that spot. This will stop uneven discoloration while visually breaking up the hardwood. Area rugs can help keep your hardwood floors protected from regular wear and tear and UV bleaching, so they’re a good idea in almost every circumstance.

Hardwood floors have remained popular for a number of reasons, but a major one is their easy maintenance. Compared to carpet, hardwood can be easier to clean, but only if you do it right. To help protect against sun bleaching, be sure to use the right products when finishing, then ensure your windows are keeping UV light to a minimum.

At Ashley Fine Floors, we have a number of fine hardwoods and area rugs that will elevate your home’s look. We even have specialty woods that will deepen in colour when exposed to sunlight. Be sure to contact us today for your next hardwood flooring project.