Adding new carpets to your home can totally remodel the style, energy and feel of the living space. But what most people don’t realise is that from day one, there are many elements in and around your home that will start to erode and minimise the life of your carpets, if certain precautions are not taken.
Being aware of these potential carpet enemies, is the first step in taking care of your carpets and increasing their longevity. Getting your carpet cleaned regularly by a professional carpet cleaner, will help you in the battle to keep your carpets looking fresh. Let’s take a look at some of the ways your carpet may be attacked and what you can do about it.
Flooding or prolonged exposure to moist conditions can be devastating for your carpets if the water is not removed quickly. Carpet fibres can be damaged beyond repair and start to rot. Moisture can cause mold and mildew to form which can stain and destroy your carpets. Ideally you should put plans in place to prevent water damage before it happens. Obviously flooding is usually unpredictable and the result of extreme weather or leaks, but moisture build up can be prevented. If you leave your home or office for a prolonged amount of time, have a friend visit weekly to air out the property. Lack of ventilation and humidity is what causes mold and mildew to form.
The two types of bugs that love munching on carpets and clothes fibres are moths and carpet beetles. Being relatively small, you don’t always notice they’re causing damage until it’s gone quite far. This can be detrimental for your carpet and even if you eliminate them, it’ll be likely they’ve cause irreversible damage. They love to live in hidden places like under furniture and can be quite hard to eradicate once they’re there. Make sure you get professional steam carpet cleaners into your home regularly, to give your home a deep clean which will kill off any larvae.
If you have a young family, you may be used to cleaning up spills on your carpet. You may not think much of the stain after you’ve cleaned it up as you probably did a pretty good job right? The thing is these constant small spills can take its toll on your carpets, with small bits of debris getting left behind, meaning the fibres weaken and your lustrous new carpet suddenly doesn’t look so fresh any more.
Investing in a professional carpet cleaner on a regular basis, will deeply clean your carpets giving the fibres their bounce back.
The suns UV rays can not only be harmful to the skin, but they can fade the colouring in your carpets significantly. Once discolouration has happened, it’s almost impossible to get the colour back and you’d have to fork out for a new carpet. Consider having blinds, curtains or UV protector films drawn on your windows during the height of summer to minimise this.