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Carpet Care 101

Taking care of your new carpet is important to maintain its appearance and prolong its lifespan. Here are some tips to help you care for your new carpet:

1. Regular vacuuming: Vacuum your carpet at least once a week, or more frequently in high-traffic areas. Use a vacuum cleaner with a rotating brush or beater bar to effectively remove dirt and debris from the carpet fibers. Also vacuum the edges of the room and the corner of doorways once in a while, that is where a lot of dust would build up.

2. Immediate stain removal: Attend to spills and stains as soon as possible. Blot the affected area with a clean cloth or paper towel to absorb the liquid. Avoid rubbing the stain, as it can push the spill deeper into the carpet fibers. Use a carpet stain remover or a mixture of mild detergent and water to gently clean the stain.

3. Use doormats: Place doormats at the entrances to your home to prevent dirt, dust, and debris from being tracked onto the carpet. Encourage family members and guests to wipe their feet thoroughly before entering.

4. Shoes off policy: Consider implementing a no-shoes policy in your home, especially on the carpeted areas. Shoes can bring in dirt, oils, and other substances that can soil your carpet. Provide slippers or indoor shoes for your family and guests to wear inside.

5. Professional cleaning: Schedule professional carpet cleaning at least once or twice a year, depending on the level of foot traffic in your home. Professional cleaners have the equipment and expertise to deep clean your carpet, removing deeply embedded dirt and revitalizing its appearance.

6. Spot test cleaning products: Before using any carpet cleaning products or solutions, always perform a spot test in an inconspicuous area of the carpet (Small closets, behind doors, etc.). This will help ensure that the product does not cause any discoloration or damage to the carpet fibers.

7. Protect high-traffic areas: Consider using rugs or carpet runners in high-traffic areas, such as hallways or entryways, to minimize wear and tear on your new carpet.

8. Regular maintenance: Trim loose threads or snags with scissors to prevent them from getting caught and causing damage to the carpet. Avoid using sharp objects or tools near the carpet that could cut or snag the fibers.

9. Keep pets in mind: If you have pets, be diligent in cleaning up any accidents promptly. Pet urine can leave stains and odors, so clean it thoroughly using appropriate pet stain removers or consult a professional cleaner if needed.

10. Follow manufacturer’s instructions: Always refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines for specific care instructions for your carpet. Different carpet materials and brands may have unique cleaning recommendations, and following them will help maintain your warranty.

By following these tips, you can keep your new carpet looking clean, fresh, and in good condition for years to come.