Carpet Maintenance Guide

Place walk-off mats at all Entrances

Walk-off mats should be used at the exterior of all entrances to absorb the soil and moisture. They can help trap the excessive dirt, sand, grit, and other substances such as oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that would otherwise be tracked into the home. (Caution: latex-backed runners may yellow carpet.) Mats should also be cleaned on a regular basis so they don’t become sources of soil themselves.

Remove Spills Promptly

Anything spilled on a carpet should be cleaned up promptly. Most spilled materials will stain or discolor carpet or can lead to increased soiling if not removed promptly. Follow the recommended techniques in the Stain Center for removing spills and stains.

Use a quality pad

You should always use a quality pad under your carpet, particularly on stairs. A good carpet pad not only gives better resilience and comfort underfoot, it can extend the life of your carpet. Because some carpets carry warranties with specific density and thickness requirements, be sure and review your warranty before purchasing your pad.

Occasionally move heavy furniture

Move heavy furniture occasionally to avoid excessive pile crushing.  You should also use floor protectors designed for carpet under the legs of tables, chairs, and other furniture to help distribute the weight. Do not use chairs or appliances with rollers or casters without a chair pad designed specifically for carpet or damage can occur. The periodic relocation of furniture will also allow for a more even distribution of foot traffic on carpets.

Protect carpet when moving furniture

When moving heavy wheeled furniture (pianos, buffets, etc.), prevent damage by placing a protective barrier of heavy cardboard or plywood between the wheels and the carpet.

Clean your area rugs

If you use area rugs on your carpet, be sure to clean them regularly.  Clean and restore the pile of the carpet underneath as well.  Also, be sure to check area rugs for colorfastness before placing them on carpet because the color in some rugs may bleed through. After cleaning your carpet, allow it to dry completely before replacing rugs.

Reduce periods of direct sunlight

Protect your carpet from prolonged periods of direct sunlight with blinds, shades, or awnings.

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