One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is under estimating the value of their investment. Carpet in the home makes up more than 50% of the flooring. Yet most families neglect the preventive maintenance that prolongs the life of their carpet. The single most important thing you can do to extend the life of your carpet is to vacuum regularly. Quartz and clay deposits collect in your carpet nap and produce a “sandpaper effect” when you walk on it. Traffic areas start to look dingy and grey with each passing month maintenance and carpet cleaning are not performed properly in the home. Here are a few simple things you can do to extend the life of your carpet.
- Clean all your carpet at least once per year. If heavy soil, every six months.
- Use place mats in front of all entrances in the home. Foyer, kitchen, garage, etc…
- Vacuum under all area rugs and check for dye transfer from area rug to carpet.
- Moving furniture periodically will prevent premature wear and help prevent wrinkles.
- Use blinds and shades to prevent long periods of sunlight that will cause sun bleaching.
- Avoid pads that are thick, but not dense. This can void your warranty! Check with manufacturer.
- Never drag furniture across the carpet. This can cause permanent damage from friction.
Ceramic Tile Care & Maintenance
To keep your ceramic tile floor looking it’s best, you should mop 1 or 2 times per week using a white vinegar and water solution. Using soapy detergents will cause a build-up of residue that will attract dirt and dull the look of the floor.Mix 4 oz. of white vinegar for every gallon of water used. Vinegar is slightly acidic, this will eliminate any residue on your ceramic tile if you have used any soaps or detergents in the past. If your floor is extremely dirty mop with a few drops of dishwashing liquid and the mop again with the vinegar and water to wash away any residue left.