Carpet represents 3.5% of American landfill waste, or nearly 4 billion pounds per year! According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC), it’ll take 1000 years to degrade. Additionally, carpet is produced from petroleum-based products and one gallon of oil is lost for every three square yards that are disposed in landfills. One way you can help reduce the carbon footprint of carpet is by properly maintaining your carpet. Though carpets eventually need to be replaced, proper care can ensure that your carpet can last up to 20 years! Here are some tips on how to maximize your carpet life.
Understand your carpet. Not all carpets are cut from the same cloth. Different carpet types require different cleaning methods. Using the incorrect cleaning method can potentially shorten your carpet life.
Use floor mats for entrances and exits. It can take up to seven steps for dirt to come off shoes. Floor mats will prevent dirt from ever reaching your carpet. Be sure to use a textured mat and take at least ten seconds to wipe your shoes against the mat for effectiveness.
Vacuum your carpet frequently. This will remove the buildup of dirt and dust mites. If you don’t vacuum frequently, the dirt eventually moves down into the carpet backing and damages the fibers.
Spot clean immediately. If a spill isn’t immediately cleaned up, it can potentially soak into the carpet fibers. Spills with acidic compounds can eat away at the fibers and weaken your carpet. Remember to blot your stain. Do not rub it as rubbing will push the stain into the carpet and spread it.
Hire a professional carpet cleaner. Carpet should be professionally cleaned once every two years. A professional carpet cleaner will have the required equipment to effectively clean the carpet and remove any deep stains. Regular vacuums are unable to clean fine particles lodged deep within your carpet. Deep cleaner and steamers will be able to properly clean.
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