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In this post we will review what you need to do for a long lasting and fresh looking carpet.

What damages your carpet?
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Your carpet will get the most wear and tear where there is the most traffic. Well-traveled areas, such as staircases, entryways, and in front of couches and chairs will show damage sooner than less used parts of the room.
If your room layout allows it, try to move your furniture around on a regular basis. You can prevent premature wear on your carpet by moving your furniture around once every six months. You can also lay down rugs or carpet runners to take the brunt of the damage. This will not only protect your carpet from wear but they can keep dirt out as well.
If you’re having carpet installed consider investing in a heavy underlay to help prevent damage.
What about carpet sprays?
A common sign that you have carpet damage is when you start to get a musty smell. Things like dirt, pollen, and dander tend to find their way into the carpet, giving off a sour that just won’t go away even when vacuumed. You can help get rid of the smell using air fresheners but this is only a temporary solution.
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Carpet powders are also a popular way to eliminate those carpet odors. Be careful because overuse of carpet powder can leave residue on the carpet. You might not see the residue until you have your carpet steam cleaned or shampooed and then you will be left with white, sometimes sticky, film on top of your carpet. It is important to only use carpet powder sparingly.
Vacuum Regularly
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Taking care of your carpet means you need to vacuum on a regular basis. When dirt and dust are left on your carpet it can damage the fibers and change the way your carpet looks. Vacuuming removes these particles before they can do damage, keeping your carpet from looking dull and dingy.
Make sure your vacuum is in good working condition before you start. The bag should be less than half full, have a tight belt, and clean brushes. You should vacuum two to three times a week.
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Take care of those spills
Spills, if left untreated, can quickly become stains. The best way to keep your carpet looking new is to deal with any spills as soon as it happens so it won’t have time to set in. Carpeting is a delicate fabric, always blot gently to remove a spill, never rub or scrub. You may need to apply a little spotting solution and blot gently, the process may need to be repeated two or three times. Never over-wet a carpet.
How to take care of set in stains
Sometimes a spill may go unnoticed or it may not be possible to deal with immediately. If it’s food-based or another organic stain that’s started to smell, you can use cold water and detergent to start breaking it down. Soak up as much of the water as possible and let it dry, then apply baking soda and let it sit overnight to pull up as much of the stain as possible. You can use commercial spot/stain removers but be cautious as they are powerful and can damage your carpet if too much is used.
Professional cleaning
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While keeping your carpet looking new by yourself is achievable it can be beneficial to hire a professional. Professionals use high-power steam cleaning machines or high-performance dry cleaning chemicals to deep clean your carpets.
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It’s important if you are hiring a professional, to not wait until you see dirt or damage. It is recommended to have a professional cleaning every six to twelve months, even if it looks like your carpet doesn’t need to be cleaned.

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