If you’re considering installing carpet in your home, you probably have some questions about durability. The good news is that there are many things you can do to ensure that a high-quality carpet will not only last but stay looking great for years to come. Here are five you ought to consider:
- Make Sure It’s Properly Installed
Carpet installation isn’t as simple as it might seem. When carpeting a room, it’s important that all the layers underneath the carpet, as well as the carpet itself, are properly cut and stretched so they aren’t worn unnecessarily. Carpet installation errors are most common when homeowners try to DIY, so keep in mind that you may not be saving money in the long run by refusing to hire professionals.
- Rotate Your Furniture
If your room layout and furnishings allow for it, try to change your furniture arrangement every few years. You’ll probably enjoy the fresh new look, and evening out the wear pattern will help your carpeting last much longer.
- Set Up Your Vacuum Cleaner
Vacuuming is, of course, one of the best ways to care for your carpet on a regular basis. Make sure that you’re changing the bag or filter frequently, and check the height on the beater bar; if the bar is set too high, it won’t clean as well as it can, but if it’s set too low, it can literally beat up your carpet.
- Invest in Professional Cleanings
Regular vacuuming simply isn’t enough to keep a carpet in good shape for years. Every year or so, you’ll want to invest in a professional hot water extraction cleaning. You’ll probably make up the upfront expense by extending the life of your carpet, and your carpet warranty may require professional cleanings periodically anyway.
- Don’t Use Carpet
This isn’t quite a carpet tip, but it is something to keep in mind: If you don’t feel that you can keep up with the maintenance that carpet requires, there are plenty of flooring options that can meet your needs. Hardwood floors can last for many decades (especially since they can be refinished), and low-cost options such as vinyl and flooring are also very durable, holding up well even for households that include children or pets.
How else can homeowners keep their carpets in top shape? Share your tips and tricks in the comments.