The carpet in your home goes through a lot. Some people are prone to thinking that that the worst thing for your carpet is accidental spills and stains or even pet accidents and odors, but your carpet’s biggest enemy is actually normal everyday use and time. Every day your floors come into contact with dirt and a number of outdoor elements and more and over time that dirt builds up and begins to wear down the fibers in your carpeting and leave it looking tired and dull. You may have even noticed heavier soil lines or dark spots in high traffic areas this is known in the carpet world as “Traffic Lane Gray.”
Traffic Lane Gray can be very unsightly and leave the impression that your home is dirty and the carpet is in need of replacing. There is however some ways to prevent traffic lane gray and keep your carpet looking fresh and clean for as long as possible.
Proper Regular Vacuuming
Proper Vacuuming is the best line of defense against dirt and particles settling into your carpet. If there is anything one regular care and maintenance thing you should do for your carpet it is to vacuum properly at least once weekly. Did you know there is a right way and many not so beneficial ways to vacuum your carpet? For tips on the best way to vacuum your carpet check out our article here.
Carpet Runners and Area Rugs
One way to reduce the impact that foot traffic has on your floors is with the use of carpet runners and area rugs. Carpet Runners and area rugs act as an extra cushion or barrier between feet and the carpeting reducing the impact of foot traffic on carpet fibers. The soil from foot traffic also goes into the area rugs and carpet runners instead of into the carpet. Simply place an area rug or carpet runner in places of heavy traffic like hallways and doorways and you are all set. Keep in mind that area rugs and carpet runners do need to be vacuumed and cleaned regularly as they are coming into contact with the soil form foot traffic.
Moving your furniture to different positions in the room will encourage people to take different walking paths through the room and deter the amount of traffic in one spot. Moving your furniture every six months will work wonders to keep any one area of your carpet from bearing the brunt of all the foot traffic in your home.
Even with the best care and regular maintenance your carpet will still need a deep cleaningevery 6 to 12 months to ensure you are getting all of the built up dirt and residue that settle deep down into the fibers. Deep cleaning will help to prevent traffic lane gray with regular cleanings.