As homeownerslook to keep things around longer during an economic recession, IICRC offersfive tipsto
helpmaintain carpet and keep itlooking newerforlonger – saving time andmoney.
• Keep the soil off of your carpet. Themost economical way to keep your carpet clean isto keep it
fromgetting dirty! Walk offmats are vastly underappreciated and rarely utilized properly by
Walk offmatsmust be cleaned regularly to assure thatthey do not become a new source ofsoil
contamination once they are loaded with soil. Spend a littlemoremoney and buy amat
designed forthis purpose. Walk offmats are usuallymade fromsynthetic, non absorbent
material and should be large enough forthe individual entering the home to wipe both feet as
they walk in. Suchmats are available fromlocal home improvementstores.
These types ofmatsshould be used instead of a carpetscrap or other unsuitablematerialthat
cannotfunction nearly as well. A small area rugmay be placed inside ofthe home as a second
line of defense. Such rugs are more aesthetically pleasing, and will hold up to such use ifthere is
a well maintained outside entry mat.
• Vacuum regularly. There is no step more important to preserving the appearance and long term
usefulness of your carpet than regular vacuuming.
Gravity and repeated foottraffic cause abrasive soil particlesto fall below the surface ofthe
carpet pile where they will damage carpet fibers. Vacuum heavy traffic areas daily. Areasthat
are not heavily traffickedmay be vacuumed two or three times a week.
Most any vacuumcleaner canmake a carpetlook good, but a good quality vacuumcleaner will
remove the deeply impacted soilthat you cannotsee, butthatis damaging your carpet.One
place to check to see ifthe vacuumcleanerthat you are interested in purchasing conformsto
industry standards is the Carpet and Rug Institute.Go to www.carpet‐rug.org for more
information on vacuum cleaners that meet their rigid requirements.
• Remove spots before they become stains! Today’s carpetresistsspills betterthan ever. But even
the best carpet isn’t truly stain proof. To prevent permanent spills or costly professiona lstain
removal services, act quickly when spills occur.
Most liquid spills can be removed completely with absorbent cloths or even simple paper
towels. Remove any solid material in the spill by gently picking out the material,then scraping
with light pressure.