Tips for Protecting Your Carpet Investment
It’s said that properly cleaned and maintained carpet can last up to twice as long. Which got me to wondering: How long should my carpet typically be expected to last?
According to experts, most of us can count on the carpet in our homes to last anywhere from eight to ten years. This, of course, is assuming “normal traffic” and “appropriate maintenance.” Which brought up more questions: What is normal traffic? What is appropriate maintenance?
Obviously, what may be “normal traffic” in my home may not be normal for everyone, so for our purposes we’ll assume an average home with four or five people, coming and going from work, errands, school and play. Now that that’s settled, what about “appropriate maintenance”? Here’s what I learned.
Many times, when carpet wears out or loses its attractiveness long before it should, it’s due to three main reasons:
Finally, if most carpet lasts only a decade under the best of circumstances, then I want to make sure I get my full ten years out of it. I’m sure you do too! So here are some tips for extending the life of your carpet. (As a nice side note, some of these practices are also healthier for your family since they help reduce indoor air pollution.)