Keeping Your Carpet in Great Shape

The new carpets have been installed they look, and feel, great.  No eating, no playing, no shoes, no pets on the carpet because you want to keep them looking and feeling like new.  But is this really possible?  Of course not. 

Regular maintenance and care of your new carpet will keep it looking great for years to come, despite the wear and tear from your family.  One of the biggest tricks to keeping your new carpet in great shape is regular vacuuming.  This will remove any dirt and grit before it becomes embedded in the carpet fibers.  If the area experiences heavy traffic, vacuum two or three times each week.  For areas with less traffic, a weekly pass through with the vacuum will suffice.

Inevitably your new carpet will experience a spill.  Addressing the spill immediately is the best route for removing it.  For liquids, dab the area with a towel or cloth to remove as much of the liquid as possible.  Then use a spot treatment designed for rugs. 

While vacuuming is great for removing the everyday dirt that accumulates in your home, rugs still need a good shampooing occasionally.  This heavier duty cleaning will ensure that there is no dirt or dust hidden deep in the carpet fibers. 

There are many products out there for shampooing your home’s rugs on your own, from spray-on foam cleaners to wet shampoos.  However, the best method is to treat your carpets to a professional carpet cleaning.  The industrial equipment that comes with this professional service will ensure that your rugs are kept feeling and looking great.

Another often overlooked key to extending the life of your carpets is to redistribute the weight on the carpet over time.  Consider moving the couch just an inch to the left every month or so, and then back again.  This will make a big difference in keeping your carpet in great shape.

Treating your carpets to a little TLC from day one will keep them in top shape for years to come.

Going Green With Carpeting

‘Going Green’ is here to stay.  The latest green trend is with homes and office buildings.  You have probably heard the term low-VOC or VOC free, but do you really understand what this means?  VOCs are volatile organic compounds.  They are commonly found in paint, but can also be found in carpeting.  Products containing VOCs release gases in the air that are proven to cause adverse health effects, from headaches and dizziness to nausea and respiratory infections.

Particularly with carpeting that gives off a strong odor, you can assume that VOCs are being released into the air that you breathe.  Installing low-VOC or eco-friendly carpet is the answer to preventing these health issues and preserving your indoor air quality. 

Low-VOC carpet is manufactured with less chemicals than conventional carpeting.  When looking for a low-VOC and eco-friendly carpet, you should seek out the ‘Green Label Plus’.  This label is developed by The Carpet and Rug Institute in an effort to create a higher standard for indoor air quality among carpet manufacturers.

If you are looking for a greener overall carpet installation there are now 100% recycled options to consider for the padding.  Many carpet paddings contain plastic made from petroleum, which is unrenewable.  Recycled padding is typically made from reused cotton padding.

The installation of your carpet is just as important as the carpet itself in selecting a more eco-friendly option.  Many carpet installations involve attaching the carpet using chemical-based glues, which have also been linked with various health concerns.  A healthier alternative is to tack the carpet in place, which eliminates any potentially hazardous chemicals from being released in the air.

There are many options to choose from when selecting your ‘green’ carpet and installation process.  This healthier selection of carpeting for your family and the environment may be the right choice for you.

Visit Cardoza Flooring today to learn more about our green flooring options!

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