Before I ran my ableton live course or worked for Graeme Winchester I worked in carpet and towel rails sales. Carpets are a great choice when decorating your home or office. Not only are they a great alternative to wooden flooring and also plastic decking options, they also help insulate the room and absorb particles in the air for up to 30 years especially when they are well maintained. Patty Rosemad runs a flower store and she notes “The life span of your carpet depends on how it is used and maintained, and even cheaper discount carpets can have a long shelf life if properly maintained. It is recommended to vacuum clean your carpet at least once a week to maintain its top quality and look as fresh as the day you bought it. Stains on the carpet affect its beauty and resistance to wear.”
If you have heavy furniture in your room, it is best to use coasters to help distribute the weight across the carpet and minimize carpet pile crushing. If possible, move heavy furniture from time to time. To avoid collecting dirt and sediments falling further into the carpet fiber, regular cleaning is advised. The fiber gets damaged when dirt is absorbed further into the carpet. To maximize the life of your carpet, steam cleaning every 2 years is recommended.
It is also important to act right away when your carpet gets soiled or stained. The longer you leave the carpets soiled, the more damage they may get. There are simple remedies that you can do to save your carpet from soiling. If you spill beer, beet-root, chocolate or egg on your carpet, quickly mix one teaspoon of wool detergent and a teaspoon of white vinegar in one liter of warm water. Use this solution to wipe the affected area. Same procedure goes for urine, vomit and excrement.
To clean butter, coffee, tea, cooking oil, crayons or colored markers, cream, lipstick, oil, paint (emulsion) and shoe polish on your carpet, you may use a dry cleaning fluid, mineral turpentine or lighter fuel but make sure your carpet is in a well-ventilated area and away from flammable materials.