How to care for your new carpet
To get the best out of your new carpet, you should care for it properly right from your fitting day.
But don’t worry – caring for your carpet is easy and many of these 16 tips will become second nature in no time.
Regular carpet care
- Put welcome mats outside any exterior doors to encourage guests to clean their shoes before entering your home.
- Try not to wear shoes in the house – the soles carry dirt and also cause considerable wear on carpet fibres. However, keep your socks on as bare feet can leave behind natural oils that dirt sticks to.
- Vacuum at least once a week and change the vacuum bag regularly to stop dust and dirt escaping. Vacuuming in several different directions will help stop your carpet from flattening.
- Use an upright vacuum with a beater brush on twist carpets and a cylinder vacuum on loop pile carpets.
- Shedding is usual for a new carpet. The more often you vacuum, the sooner this will stop.
- Sometimes, small balls of fibre collect on a carpet’s surface. This is called pilling and you should use scissors to cut the pills free.
Every-so-often steps to keep your carpet looking new
- The weight of furniture on a carpet will eventually cause indentations. You can stop the dents becoming permanent by moving your furnishings once in a while.
- For any dents that don’t immediately spring back, you can leave an ice cube to melt on the mark and then work the fibres to life with the edge of a coin.
- All carpets wear unevenly – it just depends on your normal routes around the room. You can change how your carpet wears by occasionally changing the layout of your furniture.
Spot cleaning your carpet
- Stains on wool carpets can be treated with water and a mild detergent solution (roughly one teaspoon of gentle detergent to a half pint of water).
- Any spillages need to be cleaned up immediately – the longer you leave them, the more likely they are to become permanent. Gently blot the spill with a sponge and work from the outside to the centre.
- For alcohol, tea, coffee and other liquids, try adding a teaspoon of vinegar to your detergent solution.
- To clean food and dried on dirt stains, any marks first need to be scraped using a dull-edged knife or spoon. Then you should use a detergent solution and a sponge to dab the stain away.
- You can use bleach-based cleaning solutions on stains on polypropylene carpets.
- Try to use just enough cleaning solution to damp your stain.
- Always blot the carpet dry after cleaning.