Installing carpet into your home can be the perfect way to brighten up your space, add extra warmth and increase your comfort by offering a soft surface for your feet to rest on. With countless designs and styles available, there’s endless ways to customize your space and create the perfect fit for your home. As Edmonton’s best source for flooring, we’re proud to carry a wide variety of flooring options, and to help our homeowners keep their carpets looking their best for years to come. Below, we’ll highlight a few tips and tricks to help your carpets stay fresh right from day one. Read on to learn more!

Prevention is Protection

Before we highlight some key care aspects, it’s important to mention that the best thing you can do for any flooring type is to try and prevent damage before it has the chance to occur. Dirt, grit, moisture and all other outside elements can spell untimely disaster for your carpets. Prevent irritants from tracking in by using doormats, removing shoes, and exercising caution when opening windows on windy days, etc. The more effort you put in to keeping the outside out, the longer your carpets will be there to thank you!

Vacuum Regularly

Once you have best practices down to minimize the entrance of dirt and moisture into your home, it’s important to to deal with the stragglers that do manage to make it past your defences. Vacuuming regularly is key part of of preventing build up, and ensuring your vacuum is on the right setting (and using the right attachments) will enable it to dig deep without damaging the piling on your carpet.

Deep Clean Twice A Year

Seasonal changes can wreak havoc on your carpets, and without the proper care you may find your flooring aging much faster than anticipated. Even if you’ve stayed on top of your vacuuming regime, it’s best to consider adding in deep clean between summer and winter and vice versa. You can do this deep clean yourself with rented machines available at numerous locations for a reasonable cost. Note that you’ll want to allot enough time for your rental depending on the size of your carpets as they may require multiple passes to remove build up.

Professional Clean Up

In order to extend the lifecycle of your carpets, it’s advisable to invest in a professional clean every 12-18 months. This will help to remove materials and buildup that are harder to care for under conventional means and do so without overly stripping the threading of your carpet. Note that most suppliers will actually void your warranty if the carpet isn’t professionally cleaned, so it is important to include.

Stay On Top of Spills

Life happens, and no matter how prepared you are, spills and stains are inevitable. Whether it’s a glass of wine, pasta sauce, or an accident left behind by fido, intrusive liquids can permanently damage your carpets if left unattended. Blot up spills ASAP and keep an emergency kit with club soda, stain remover, and hydrogen peroxide on hand for stubborn stains.

Know When to Replace

Sometimes, even with our best efforts, it’s important when to know when to replace your carpets. If you notice signs of rot or mildew growing, it’s imperative to take a closer look and to consider replacing your carpets for everyone’s health and safety.

Looking for more tips and tricks on keeping your carpets clean, as well as the best fit for your space, contact Ashley Fine Floors today!

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