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Oh, you’re still here? Okay. So let’s talk about vacuuming. No one likes doing it, but it really is the single most important thing you can do to extend the life and improve the look of your carpet. You could vacuum the traffic lanes (those are the main places of your house when you walk, like from your door to your kitchen or from your bedroom to your bathroom) every single day and, provided you have a good vacuum cleaner, it should not harm your carpet. When dirt or other abrasive particles get into your carpet, they start to actually wear away the fibers. Think of it as a million tiny pieces of sand repeatedly ground in to the carpet fiber and backing in by your foot traffic. That results in a carpet that’s matted, dingy and all-around unattractive. The simple solution is just to vacuum more. That’s it!
Now, you might think to yourself, “ha, I don’t need to vacuum so much, I have stain-resistant carpet!” Well, that’s a good first step. But the fact of the matter is, almost all carpet is stain resistant. Some even come with lifetime stain-resistance guarantees. Even if you paid more for a higher grade of stain resistance, vacuuming is still critical. It doesn’t matter how well your carpet resists stains when it’s matted down with dirt.
One word of caution before you jump all aboard the vacuuming train: Some models of vacuum cleaner can actually damage your carpet and even void your warranty. Usually the issue is that these vacuums can damage fibers, resulting in a poor overall look and uneven wear. To be safe, check your manufacturer’s website or your flooring professional to ensure your vacuum is on their approved list of vacuums. After all, it’s much easier to replace a vacuum cleaner than to replace a room full of carpet!
Besides extending the life of your carpet, vacuuming can also reduce allergens in your house, especially if you have pets, and just give a neater and tidier look overall. You don’t have to go overboard, but make it your goal to thoroughly vacuum your floors every week, and you’ll be pleased with the results.
Questions about your carpet? Need to replace carpet that wasn’t so well-vacuumed? Call Tish Flooring. We’ll be happy to help you find the carpet that’s right for you, and to give you maintenance tips to keep it looking great.