Expert Tips to Prevent Carpet Fading
Carpeting adds an unparalleled warmth and comfort to your home. The texture and calming colors are often the most welcoming aspect of a room. Slightly faded carpets devalue the rest of your home and can be costly to replace prematurely. Many homeowners make mistakes in their carpet care that lead to the eventual decline in the appearance. Therefore, it's advisable to follow these house rules to ensure that your carpets retain their color and quality:
Limit Sunlight Exposure: Sunlight is a very harsh element and over time can contribute to extreme discoloration and loss of the original condition. To avoid this catastrophe, avoid leaving window blinds open for a long period of time during the day.
Don’t Wear Shoes Indoors: Shoes provide a great deal of wear and tear to carpets, which leads to fading. Habitually, wearing shoes indoors can also rub dirt, grass, and dust onto your floors. More so, wearing the wrong kind of shoes, such as shoe types with pointy edges like high heels or soccer cleats can rub away the color and durability of your carpeting. To protect your carpets make it a habit of taking shoes off as soon as you enter your home or wear soft shoes like slippers as often as possible.
Clean Regularly: Hire a professional to perform a carpet cleaning at least once per year. In between extensive cleanings, make sure that you are also keeping the surface free of dust and debris by vacuuming and sweeping your floors often. Cleanings will help extend the life of your carpet by ensuring that outside particles are not wearing away its color and softness.
Don’t Let Stains Set: It can be tempting to let small spills or splashes set into the carpet without immediately cleaning them, especially if they are relatively unnoticeable. Stains shouldn’t be left to sit though, because they will soak into the carpet over time and lead to fading and discoloration. Instead, make a habit of wiping spills quickly with a rag and warm water.
Apply Carpet Protection: Carpet protection involves applying another layer of fluorocarbon protectors periodically. This protector is available in stores and it’s highly effective when an accident where acidic fluids pours on the floor. It prevents your carpet from coming into direct contact with the acid that cause bleaching or discoloration.
Bottom Line: By implementing these simple habits into your daily routine, you will save yourself extra work and money associated with replacing or extensively repairing your carpet. Your flooring will last much longer than it would otherwise, and your mindfulness will add years to the appearance of your carpets.