Many think it’s most important to care for your homes walls-paint them, add molding, etc. Many others think it’s important to consider the lawn-add shrubbery, mulch, and flowers. Both are important, we don’t disagree, but it is equally important to protect your largest (in size) investment; your flooring. If taken care of properly, your carpet can last you years beyond expectancy.

Cleaning your carpet goes beyond vacuuming. Actually, choosing the right vacuum is the first step towards caring for your carpet. Vacuuming at least once a week will fluff up the fibers and remove any ground in dirt that could potentially deteriorate the pile.  Depending on the type of carpet, you can choose to use a rotating brush, a beater bar, or suction only.

Caring for your carpet also means to get it professionally cleaned once a year if possible. If you’ve taken care to clean up spills and stains over the year, you can choose to have the carpet cleaned once every two years as well.

If you come across a snag in your carpet, don’t fret. Just use scissors to clip those sprouts or snags. Resist the desire to pull on it though; you may end up adding to the damage already done. Inspect your carpet every month or so for damage and clip as needed.

Speaking of damage, if you find a burned area of your carpet, simply remove the dark, burnt fibers with a curved fingernail clipper or scissors. Of course, if the burn is extensive you may need to patch or replace. If you anticipate a certain portion of your carpet to get burn marks, for example an area with a fireplace, consider having hardwood or tile placed in that area or room instead. Although a fireplace is a great addition to your home, you must consider the safety and interest of your family first.

If fire isn’t your concern, water is, consult with a professional cleaner to dry your carpet from front to back. You may not have to replace the carpeting if it is cleaned properly. We at Kruper Flooring can recommend the best ways to care for the damaged carpeting and who best to choose to clean it.

Remember, your new carpeting comes with a warranty. Although the warranty covers some things, it doesn’t cover many others; check the information to make sure you clean and care for your carpet according to their guidelines to not only extend the life of the carpet; to keep from voiding the warranty as well.

Ask one of our professionals to help you choose the best carpeting for your home; which rooms would benefit from carpet, and what alternatives you may have for other rooms. This is a large investment; you want it to last!