Carpet is one of the most commonly used flooring choices. Ranging from budget to high-end, plush to frieze, neutral to bold, there’s a carpet out there to suit almost anyone’s tastes! Once you find the perfect carpet for you, it’s important to care for it so it lasts for years to come. We’ve compiled our favorite tips on keeping your carpet in great shape!


1. Vacuum regularly

Regular vacuuming will go a long way in keeping your carpets in great condition. Over time, dust and debris get trapped in the fibers of your carpet, causing them to look dirty, dingy and worn. Vacuuming helps prevent premature wear and tear by removing dirt from the carpet fibers and backing. Vacuuming once a week should be sufficient for regular maintenance, but it’s also a good idea to vacuum after your carpet has seen more foot traffic than normal, or in winter months when mud may be getting tracked in more frequently.


2. Spot cleaning

While vacuuming will take care of most dust, dirt and debris, spills are inevitable and will require spot cleaning to prevent stains. Always have a good quality carpet stain remover on hand so you can get to work immediately when that glass of red wine spills on your carpet. In general, spot cleaning your carpet will involve wetting the spot with your carpet cleaner, then blotting the spot to remove the stain. Never scrub the stain, as it will only cause it to spread.


3. Yearly cleaning

Aside from regular vacuuming, you should get your carpets shampooed once a year. This will give your carpets a deep cleaning and remove the dirt and dust your vacuum can’t get to. Many people hire professional carpet cleaners to complete this process, but you can also do it yourself. If you choose not to hire a professional, make sure you thoroughly research the process. Using too much water or too much shampoo are common mistakes, so read the instructions carefully to save yourself from a potential headache!


If you’re in the market for new carpets, Floor Coverings International of Alpharetta, GA can help! We provide and install quality carpets in a wide range of colors and styles. We also offer free in-home consultations – contact us today!