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A Simple Guide to Carpet Maintenance

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Homeowners everywhere love the plush, inviting look of newly installed carpet. If you want your carpet flooring to stay clean, colorful, and comfortable, all you need to do is follow a few simple steps. Use this quick guide to maintain your carpet without much effort:

Vacuum Often
Carpet fiber is good at disguising soil and dirt, but it still needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. Particles of dry soil have small but sharp edges that can abrade carpet fibers, making the carpet appear dull and leading to premature wear. If you don’t vacuum thoroughly and frequently, these soil particles will settle into the pile and be even harder to remove. Vacuum at least once a week and focus on high-traffic areas like entryways, stairs, and hallways.

Protect Your Pile
There are several ways to prevent undue wear on your carpet. First, place mats at all entrances to absorb soil and moisture brought in from outside. Also be sure to regularly vacuum and launder these mats as they get dirty. Today’s carpet is very durable, but heavy furniture can crush the pile if left in one place—occasionally rotate or rearrange your furniture to keep the pile perky. To prevent prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, which can bleach or discolor carpet fibers, pull down the window coverings when you leave the room.

Don’t Ignore Spills
Spills can easily lead to stains and should be cleaned up immediately. The best method for cleaning a spill depends on the substance in question, but always be careful not to grind the spill into the carpet fibers; instead, carefully blot up the substance without rubbing or scrubbing. Also remember to use a white cloth or paper towel so that dyes won’t transfer to the carpet.

Call the Cleaners
If you’re having trouble tackling a tough stain, call professional cleaners to get the job done. Even if your carpet is very well cared for, it will look even better after a deep clean. Clean your carpet every 12 to 18 months or consult the manufacturer’s recommendations for the best cleaning schedule.

If your home needs new, affordable carpet, call Bay Carpet at (718) 366-5001 today. We carry all major carpet brands at low prices and are happy to offer next-day carpet installation for customers in the Queens area. You can also visit our website for more information.