Investing in new carpet is a great choice for any home– carpeting is soft of the feet, provides a great surface for kids to sit on when playing, and can help keep noise from echoing within a home. After having carpet installed, you are sure to want to keep it looking great for many years to come. Use the following tips to keep your carpet looking as good as new:

1. Use Area Rugs and Runners

An easy and simple way to reduce wear and tear on your new carpeting is by investing in area rugs and carpet runners to use in high traffic areas. In addition to keeping your carpet looking great, area rugs and runners are also a great way to add a pop of color and visual appeal to a room.

2. No Shoes in the House

After having new carpet installed, it is a good idea to cease wearing shoes in the house and ask guests to remove their shoes when they come to your home. The bottoms of shoes carry in oil, dirt, and other debris from the outdoors, which can soil or damage the fibers of your carpet.

3. Vacuum Regularly

New carpeting needs to be vacuumed regularly to keep it looking great. In addition to vacuuming often, make sure you’re vacuuming the right way. Many people push their vacuum over areas of the carpet too fast, so the vacuum does not have the opportunity to pull up dirt and debris from the carpet fibers. Slow down while vacuuming, and carefully vacuum over each area a few times to ensure that it is as clean as possible.

4. Keep Carpet Cleaner on Hand

No matter how much caution you take, there is sure to be a spill on your carpet at some point. You can prevent staining by soaking up the spill as quickly as possible and then using a quality carpet cleaner. Consider calling the manufacturer of your carpet to see what brands of carpet cleaner are recommended for your type of carpeting.

5. Schedule Professional Cleanings

To keep carpet looking pristine for as long as possible, you need to have it professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Professional cleanings may also be necessary to keep your carpet’s warranty in effect. Most carpeting should be professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months, but if you have pets or a lot of high traffic areas in your home your carpets may need to be professionally cleaned more frequently.

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