So you’ve installed your dream carpet, now what? At Floor Coverings International of Oahu and Honolulu, HI, we’re here with some tips to maintain your carpets so they last and look beautiful for years to come.


Regular Cleaning


One of the best ways to maintain your carpets is through regular cleaning. This means scheduling vacuuming to your needs. The more pets or people your home contains, the more vacuuming you should expect to do. Regular cleaning helps to keep your carpet fresh and clean, which can help to lower the allergens in your home, such as dust and pollen, which can affect your respiratory system and cause other health and allergy problems. A good vacuum will get to the very roots of a carpet to get any dirt nestled down deep in the nap of your carpet.


Spills and Stains


Cleaning up spills is also very important so that stains will not linger in the fibers, which can shorten the lifespan of your carpet. Some tips for a spill cleanup are to first blot away the spill rather than rub it. This way you are not rubbing the spill into the carpet and creating a bigger spill area. Use a cleaner that is strong enough to remove the stain, but is gentle enough to not discolor or cause harm to your carpets. You can discreetly spot test cleaners in advance to make sure that they’re safe to use. Finally, be sure to wash out any excess cleaner by dabbing a damp washcloth onto the spill area. We recommend using a white washcloth or a plain paper towel to reduce the chances of any dyes transferring to your carpet.


Deep Cleaning


Sometimes called restorative cleaning or annual cleaning, we recommend calling professional carpet cleaners for this tip, although many vacuums now offer a deep steaming option. This will ensure that the job is done correctly, in order to provide longevity for your carpets. Carpet cleaning professionals use a different, more potent vacuum, in addition to their specialty cleaners, so that they really get to the roots of a carpet and lift stains or other elements that a traditional vacuum may not reach. Depending on the traffic the carpet receives, this can be done once every three months, or once every two years.


Floor Mats and Rugs


Having external mats and internal rugs can greatly help to reduce dirt that may be tracked into a home without them. Rugs provide a way to extend your carpet’s lifetime, especially along high traffic areas such as the entrance to your home. This helps to protect the carpet underneath the rug from needing to be replaced, while also being easier to clean if a spill occurs on the top rug. Rugs should be moved fairly regularly so that there is an even amount of wear and tear across the carpet. They should not discourage you from regularly cleaning the carpet underneath them though.


We encourage you to save this (or even better, share) if you’ve found any of these tips helpful. If you have other questions about the carpets or other products we offer be sure to contact the flooring experts here at Floor Coverings International of Oahu!