Extending Carpet Life
By Steve Gillman
Below are a few of the best ways to extend carpet life. Doing
so can save you a lot of money over the years, but it also means
that you'll have nice carpeting to look at, walk on and sit on
for a longer time. But first let's look at how long carpet normally
The quality of the product you start with obviously affects
the life expectancy of carpet. Where, and for what purpose, you
use the carpeting matters as well. For example, landlords often
buy the cheapest apartment-grade carpet they can get, and plan
to replace it every three to five years.
On the other hand, if you pay more for a high-quality carpet
you can expect it to last fifteen years under normal usage. Add
five years to that if you follow the recommendations below.
In general, when buying new, look for the highest "face
weight" "pile density," and "tuft twist"
you can get for your budget, and go with nylon. A polyester carpet
with a face-weight of 24 ounces, a pile density of 1500, and
a tuft twist of 4, will start looking bad after a year or two,
and need replacement within a few years. But if you get nylon,
a face-weight of 66, pile density of 3,000, and a tuft twist
of 7, you have carpeting that can last more than 20 years.
Dirt in carpet fibers acts like little knives, cutting the
fibers. Regular vacuuming reduces this damage.
If you have a policy of removing shoes when you enter your
home, your carpet will last a lot longer. The shoes themselves
can be harder on the rug than stocking feet or slippers, but
shoes also bring in dirt that does damage, and traces of asphalt
and other substances that can discolor carpeting.
Use entrance rugs or mats to catch the dirt from shoes when
people enter your home. This is especially important if you choose
not to remove shoes in the home.
Use Chair Pads
If you have an office chair in a carpeted room, buy a pad
for it to roll on. Nothing will wear break down those fibers
faster than rolling around on them an office chair.
If you are always walking in the same pattern, you will wear
out the traffic areas of the carpet sooner, and so need to replace
the whole carpeting. By moving things around once in a while,
and so changing where you walk, you will spread out the wear
and tear and get a few extra years of life from your carpet.
Eat at the Table
Food particles can stain carpet and can damage the fibers
too, so avoid eating messy meals or snack while sitting on the
Clean That Carpet
Regular cleaning by a professional with a truck-mount hot-water
extraction machine (often incorrectly referred to as steam cleaning)
will definitely extend carpet life.
On the other hand, if your primary goal is to make save money,
then you have to balance the cost of the cleanings with the savings
from a longer life expectancy for the carpet. After all, having
the cleaner come every three months might make the carpeting
last longer, but the cost would outweigh the savings you get
from replacing the carpet less often.
Carpet cleaners--even those who are great at their jobs--look
out for their own interests just like everyone else. Some will
even tell you that you need to clean your carpets every six months.
This could be true if you have three kids and a dog, but once
annually is more reasonable for most people's homes. If you follow
the suggestions above (especially if you remove shoes in the
house, use entry mats, and vacuum regularly), you might comfortably
go for a couple years without a professional cleaning.
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