6 Easy Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Carpet

Roxanne Hale


As we enter the month of May, Spring cleaning is on the minds of many! It's that time of year when we throw back the curtains, open the windows, and let our homes BREATHE! Along with tossing out clutter and freshening up your spaces, let's not forget about the most used and abused surface in our homes. Carpeting takes the brunt of day-to-day living, but you can keep it looking amazing for years by following these practical tips.

Use A Doormat and Runners

Besides welcoming guests, doormats have a specific task – to trap soil and moisture before it's tracked indoors. The less dirt you bring in, the less you must clean! Carpet runners in high traffic areas can help minimize how much gets tracked around your house as well.

Vacuum Often

Tiny particles of dirt are guilty of abrading carpet and wearing down carpet piling. To keep your carpeting in great shape, vacuum a couple of times each week, depending on traffic in your house.

Use Drapes and Window Coverings

The sun's rays streaming through your windows can fade carpet quickly. If you already have Low-E glass windows, they are working hard to prevent this. If not, consider using drapes or window coverings during the times of the day when the sun is most relentless.

Avoid strong chemicals and bleach

To effectively clean up spills and stains, wipe them up quickly using warm water and mild detergent. For more stubborn stains, white vinegar and baking soda work well. Bleach and other carpet cleaning chemicals can break down carpeting fibers. And blot (don't rub) a stain to keep it from being pushed deeper into the carpeting.

Manage Pet Stains

We love our pets, but they aren't always great house guests! If your pet has an accident on your carpet, there are a couple of steps to take to remove it effectively. First, clean up as much of the mess as possible without pushing it further into the carpet fibers. Use a moist paper towel to soak up excess moisture. Apply white vinegar in blots to the affected area. Once you have removed the stain, sprinkle baking soda on the area and rub it into a paste. Baking soda should neutralize any odors. Allow it to dry for a few hours, and then vacuum the spot.

Professionally Clean Carpets

Once per year, it's nice to clean your carpet professionally using hot water extraction to remove excess dirt and allergens your regular cleaning has left behind. Cleaning services are generally fifty dollars per room, and it takes a couple of hours after the cleaning for the space to dry. Some companies even offer a stain fighter and deodorizer for an additional charge.


Clean flooring is an essential step to spring cleaning! If you follow these six easy tips year-round, your carpet should provide years of warmth and comfort!

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Roxanne Hale, owner, and broker of Arthouse has spent over 20 years in the real estate business. Here you'll find a collection of stories about buying and selling real estate & home building advice, housing history, and architecture & design tips. Oh, and some fun personal stories every now and then!

Homewood, AL

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