Use Entry Mats
Think of entry mats as a simple way to protect your investment. Place mats, such as 3M™ Dirt Stop mats, inside and outside entrances to trap soil before it tracks into your home. If you use them, you will track much less dirt and sand onto your new carpet. This not only keeps your carpet looking cleaner, it also helps protect the fibers from abrasion and dulling. Keeping dirt away from your carpet is the best way to maintain its appearance and value.
Alter Traffic Patterns
Rearranging your furniture periodically changes the traffic patterns to distribute use more evenly. Heavy furniture crushes carpet pile. If you do rearrange your tables and sofas, you probably will see deep indentations in the carpet where the furniture legs were resting. To solve the problem, spray a small amount of water on the affected area and use a pile grooming brush available from your carpet retailer to lift the crushed pile.
Avoid Contact with Color-destroying Products
Some household chemicals, medications and cosmetics can permanently stain or remove color from your carpet. These household chemicals often are the culprits of “mystery stains” because they may not discolor the carpet for several days or weeks.
Vacuuming cannot wear out your carpet, but soil can so vacuum regularly. Even with entry mats, eventually dirt and grit can become embedded in your carpet’s pile. When that happens, your carpet will become discolored and matted. Up to 80% of the soil in carpet is of the dry particulate type that can be removed with a vacuum cleaner.
Daily vacuuming is recommended for high-traffic areas with seven passes of the vacuum cleaner over each section of carpet. For light-traffic areas, the recommendation is weekly vacuuming with three passes over each carpet section.