How to clean and care for your carpet

How to clean and care for your carpet

Here are some of our top tips on how to clean and care for your carpet from the very first day it’s fitted...

Keep on vacuuming!

This may seem obvious, but dirt will become trapped in the carpet and difficult to remove if left there for long. A build-up of debris can also cause patchiness by altering the colour in areas, so we recommend you vacuum at least once a week to prevent this from happening. Vacuuming is especially important if you have pets in the home too as hairs can interweave with the carpet fibres and dirty paws can leave a sneaky trail.

Now, we can’t promise you will have as much fun as the individual in the photo below appears to be having...

 ...but vacuuming as often as possible is our number one tip for carpet maintenance!

You can't ever "over-vacuum", but to reduce the risk of flattening your carpet, we advise vacuuming in different directions as you go… don’t forget to empty the bag/cylinder afterwards to ensure nothing escapes.

Incorporate doormats

Entrance mats will help limit the amount of dirt transferring onto your carpet, so we suggest you use mats either side of every main door you have in your home. For outside the front door, use a robust doormat with an anti-slip backing so that it stays in place no matter the weather. For inside, opt for the mats made from softer materials and in a colour that will match the room’s décor; they are still effective in trapping dirt and are a nice finishing touch to any room! It’s also a good idea to clean or replace the doormats regularly to avoid any dust and dirt spreading onto the surrounding carpet.

Switch it up

A carpet will inevitably dip over time from supporting the weight of heavy objects, but you can help limit the impact by using furniture coasters. These simple and inexpensive devices can be used under the legs of sofas, cabinets, bed frames and dining tables to help distribute the weight evenly across the floor surface. Don’t throw away any off-cuts of carpet left behind from a recent installation; why not get into the spirit of DIY and create your own coasters? Once cut down to shape, they will be impossible to detect. If you like to change the layout of your room set, ensure this is done regularly. Try moving your heavy furniture around every few months, even if it’s just by a few inches; you will be limiting the risk of permanent and stubborn indentations by doing so!

Alternatively, you can introduce a new look to a room and cover up any imperfections with a trendy rug… Check out some of the stylish rugs we stock online at Alan Ward here.

 (image: the handwoven 'Plush' rug)

! Act fast !

A new carpet can change the look of your home for the better, but accidental stains will no doubt change the look of your carpet for the worst! Spillages are a part of life, but that doesn’t mean the stain needs to leave an everlasting reminder of that time your nephew knocked over his cup of blackcurrant squash. Don’t allow a stain to become permanent by leaving it to settle! A stain is far more difficult to remove when it’s had time to absorb into the carpet. Perhaps keep a few cleaning items, such as a small cloth and a water spray dispenser, hidden away in a nearby cupboard so that you’re equipped to deal with spillages as quickly as possible.

Dab, dab, dab

Specific care guidelines for your carpet will depend on the manufacturer but always make sure you use a dry cloth to gently blot or dab any liquid. We can assure you that aggressively rubbing the stain in the height of panic mode will do more harm than good! For more information, seek advice from the carpet manufacturer’s guide.

Consult a professional

Though most spillages and stains are easily reversible when following the correct cleaning procedure, it’s a good idea to seek the help of a professional when faced with a very large or heavy stain. Always do your research to make sure any carpet cleaning company you find is experienced and reputable within your local area before going ahead.

24th January 2019

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