Posted on April 5, 2012
When you invest in a carpet you want to make sure that it lasts you many years to come. You hope you have found the perfect carpet and fiber and the amount of money you may have paid will convince you to take great care of the carpet. There are many things that can contribute to carpet damage, but there is hope. We will outline some of the most common problems when it comes to commercial carpets. This way you can be aware of any issues and make the proper measures to take care of the problem.
The first problem is the most common and that is Texture Surface Retention. Homes that have carpets installed in areas where there is a heavy volume of foot traffic is bound to see this problem. Heavy traffic areas can cause a lot of wear on your carpets. You can try to reduce the amount of direct traffic on your carpets by placing an area rug on top of the carpet. You should also vacuum and shampoo your carpet on a monthly basis as well. Try to rearrange furniture and when you do vacuum, move furniture and not clean around it.
Another cause for carpet damage is called Crushing. If you have purchased a nice fluffy carpet, after a few months you will see that the carpet may be becoming flattened. Some carpet warranties will protect against crushing but if it is not stated then it is not covered. This is something that you should ask the salesman before you purchase your carpet. Along side crushing is something called Depressions or Indentations, we all know that this is from heavy furniture being placed on the carpets.
A great way to avoid this is by investing in coasters for the furniture. You place these lightweight coasters on the bottom of the furniture and this prevents hard core depressions. Another way would be to rearrange your furniture every week by moving it just slightly. When you vacuum or shampoo your carpets make sure that the furniture is moved, this will also help prevent crushing s well as depressions and indentations.
Then of course you have the standards such as odor and soiling. It can be really hard work to keep your carpets clean all the time. If you want to have a nice clean carpet, one thing that you can suggest is that you do not wear shoes on the carpet. You will be surprised how much long carpet will last without shoes being worn. If you have small kids and pets then you may want to consider what fiber you want your carpet to be.
Before deciding on what style and what material to buy, talk to the carpet salesman and let him or her know your concerns about keeping a carpet clean and describe the situation at home such as if you have pets and small kids. They can assist you with the right brand, style and color of your carpet. Carpets are a great investment but they are only worthwhile if you protect them.
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