A quality carpet can last at least 10 years with the proper care. We have even cleaned home where the carpet is 50 years old. However, there are many things that can ruin your carpet and shorten its lifespan.
Not Vacuuming Regularly
If vacuuming is not something that is on your weekly chore list, then it will only be a matter of time before you ruin your carpet. Dirt will get embedded in your carpet if you do not vacuum regularly. This will cause your carpet fibers to fray. You may also develop permanent dark spots.
Walking Barefooted On Your Carpet
If you are like many people, then you probably remove your shoes as soon as you come in your home. However, walking barefooted on your carpet can cause serious damage to it. Wearing shoes during work or play create a moist environment. The moisture from your feet can transfer from your feet end up on your carpet, which can cause odor bacteria to breed. Additionally, the foot creams and lotions that you may use are also bad for your carpet. The best alternative is to always wear house slippers when you are walking on your carpet.
Pets and carpet don’t mix
Since pets are considered a part of the family sometimes accidents aren’t a major concern. However, it is important to set boundaries because your pets can ruin your carpet. You should never let your animals go to the bathroom on the carpet. Even if you are cleaning up after your pets, deep hidden stains can still ruin your carpet. Avoid Ruining Your Carpet
Using Deodorizer Powder
Deodorizer powders help your carpet smell great and remove odors. However, they are not good for your carpet. They can build up in your carpet over time. It will be difficult for the vacuum cleaner to suck up this residue.
Using A Home Steam Cleaner Every Month
Many people think that using a steam cleaner monthly is the best way to keep their carpet clean. They may also think that if they use a steam cleaner, then there is no need for a professional cleaning. However, this is a sure-fire way to damage your carpet.
Your carpet does not need to be cleaned every month. Your carpet only needs to be cleaned once or twice a year, is likely to wrinkle if it gets cleaned too much. Furthermore, using a steam cleaner can be dangerous if you do not know how to properly use it. If you use a weak steam cleaner it will not vacuum up the dirty water fully. As a result your carpet can start to grow mold in carpet and padding.
Don’t Ignore Spots
You may not only need a professional cleaning once or twice a year, but you do not want to ignore spots. You should get them up as soon as possible. Spots will only get worse as long as you leave them where they are at. Furthermore, the longer the stain sits, the harder it will be for you to remove it.
Scrub Spots Properly
You do not want to scrub too hard when you are trying to remove the spot. Hard scrubbing will cause the stain to go deeper in the carpet. It will also destroy the fibers of the carpet.