The Ultimate Carpet Care Guide: How to Properly Care for your New Carpet Flooring
Unwanted spills and stains are a part of everyday life. However, they don’t have to be the demise of your new carpet flooring.
Your carpet is a natural hoarder. From dirt and grime to liquids and grease, it can secretly stash up to 20kg of unwanted debris, which, after time, can seriously damage the quality of your carpet.
Of course, prevention is always better than cure, which is why here at Morgan & Quinn, we’ve put together the ultimate carpet care guide to help you keep your new flooring looking and feeling better for longer. Read on for our top carpet care tips!
Table of Contents
- Why carpet care is important
- How often should I clean my carpet?
- Hoovering Benefits
- Hoovering Tips
- How to clean your carpet
- How to deal with common spills and stains on your carpet
- General Carpet Care tips
- When should I get a new carpet?
Why carpet care is important
On your list of things to do, the upkeep of your new carpet flooring is probably somewhere near the bottom. However, if you want to keep your carpet fresh, clean and soft underfoot, it’s essential to maintain a consistent carpet care routine.
Your carpet could be dirtier than your toilet seat, so keeping your flooring clean is important not only for the sake of its appearance but also for your and your carpet’s health. A consistent carpet care routine will prevent carpet mites from taking hold, dirt from building up and health-related issues from occurring.
How often should I clean my carpet?
Whether opting for a Wilton, Saxony, or Axminster design, every carpet comes with its unique carpet care routine from the manufacturer. However, there are a few standard rules that you can follow to ensure that your carpet stays in good health and condition.
You should hoover your carpet 2-3 times a week, paying special attention to high traffic areas with the most potential of dirt being brought in.
As a general rule of thumb, you should deep clean your carpets at least once a year. However, if you have pets, children or a smoking habit, you should look to deep clean your carpet quarterly.
Time Sensitive Cleaning
Spills happen; however, untreated spills turn into stains, which can greatly impact the quality and appearance of your carpet in the long run. By cleaning up and tackling spills immediately, your carpet has a better chance of remaining in tip-top condition.
If you live in a household with pets or children where spills are expected, you should shop for a carpet that caters for this, for example, the Abingdon Stainfree range offers durable carpets designed to withstand accidents. You can read more about their Stainfree collection, as well as their other designs, in our recent blog, The Best Abingdon Carpets for your Home.
Hoovering will never be fun; however, before you consider skipping a week, you should consider the various benefits that a daily run around with the vacuum can have on your home.
Whilst your carpet flooring might look clean at a glance, it is a potential breeding ground for dirt, dust, mites and debris. With this in mind, you should aim to hoover at least 2-3 times a week, or more so if you have children or pets.
If you are a smoker, you should also increase the frequency of your hoovering habit. Smoke infiltrates the carpet’s fibres, which will eventually make your home smell and can also contribute to illnesses.
A regular hoovering schedule will prevent the build-up of debris, which in turn will maintain the quality of your carpet for longer.
Whilst hoovering isn’t rocket science, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you’re making the most out of this staple cleaning habit. Here are our top 3.
Hoover in both directions
Hoovering both with and against the direction of the carpet fibres will loosen any debris, allowing your hoover to pick up more dirt.
Empty your hoover bag frequently
Over time, your hoover will collect a lot of dirt and debris. If this isn’t emptied, it can start to impact the overall performance of your hoover. What’s more, you can end up spreading dust around your home rather than cleaning it up, so it’s essential not to skip this step!
Take your time
While it can be easy to whizz around your home with the hoover, giving your hoover time to do its job properly is important. You will pick up more dust and dirt by hoovering slowly, resulting in an overall cleaner carpet and home.
How to clean your carpet
As a general rule of thumb, you should aim to deep clean your carpet at least once a year. Many people choose to hire a professional which can be quite costly, or they choose to avoid carpet deep cleaning completely by opting for alternative floorings, such as our laminate flooring range by Furlong or Lifestyle Floors vinyl flooring.
However, cleaning your carpet doesn’t have to be costly, and you can gain the same results as professionals, without the price tag, by renting a professional carpet cleaning machine or a carpet steam cleaner. Whilst this method will require you to set aside your time, your carpet will most definitely thank you for it in the long run.
Choose a suitable carpet shampoo, invest in some freshener, and you will be well on your way to a healthy and hygienic carpet flooring.
How to deal with common spills and stains on your carpet
Unfortunately, accidental spills are a common part of life, making it essential to know how to tackle them.
No matter how small or insignificant the spill might seem, it is vital to tackle it as soon as you can. If left untreated, spills will turn into stains, which can ruin the appearance of your carpet, as well as its overall quality.
There are various carpet care products available to choose from on today’s market, including everything from carpet shampoo to fresheners and spot cleaning products. We recommend keeping your cleaning cupboard stocked with the essentials so that when a spill does happen, you’ve got everything you need to fix it.
And remember – blot, don’t scrub! Scrubbing pushes the stain into the carpet’s fibres, making it much harder to remove going forward.
General carpet care tips
As well as hoovering and cleaning your carpet, there are a few day-day actions that you can do to prevent the build-up of dirt.
Remove your shoes
Shoes are the number one way that dirt gets into your house. Whether you’ve been for a walk outdoors or a trail around the shops, you bring a little bit of the outside in every time you come home. By removing your shoes before walking on your carpet, you will dramatically reduce the amount of dirt and debris that gets caught up in its fibres.
Protect high traffic areas
A high traffic area is a place in your home that has the most activity and is therefore at the most risk of damage. You can protect these areas by placing rugs over them, which are much easier to clean and less costly to replace. Alternatively, you can make sure you spot clean high traffic areas more often to reduce the potential for damage.
Entrance mats are a simple but effective way to protect one of the highest traffic areas in your home. Prevention is better than cure, so stopping dirt at the door where possible is one of the best ways you can maintain the health of your carpet.
When should I get a new carpet?
Carpets are like sponges. They soak up debris, collect grime and grease, and, upon closer inspection, you might find yourself shocked at the dirt they release.
However, a good carpet care routine can help keep ghastly dirt and odours at bay, which will keep your carpet flooring looking and feeling its best for longer.
Of course, carpets don’t last forever, and professionals recommend replacing your carpet every 10 years. If you’ve noticed that your carpet is looking dull or has lost its shine and softness, then take a look at our excellent selection of carpets at Morgan & Quinn today.
Our carpets collection offers a carpet for your every flooring needing. Shop carpets in a range of contemporary colours and finishes, including loop and twist pile designs, and enjoy high-quality carpets that will stand the test of time.