How to Make Carpet Last Longer

Written by Terry Strickland of Professional Carpet Systems
Updated January 7, 2016
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Regular vacuuming can help your flooring last longer in between professional carpet cleaning. (Photo by Summer Galyan)

Keep your home's carpet looking new with these tips.

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A common question carpet cleaning companies like ours get from customers is “How can we keep our carpets cleaner longer?”

The first thing that comes to mind when we hear that question is another question: “Do you or your family members wear their shoes in the home?"

Take off your shoes

Most of the time, the answer is yes, especially for homeowners with children. Removing your shoes before walking on your home’s carpet is the No. 1 habit that will not only extend the interval between carpet cleanings, but also extend the overall lifespan of your home’s carpets.

Asking your home’s residents or your guests to take off their shoes may seem like a lot to ask, and it may be difficult to establish this habit in the beginning, but just think of the money you can save in the long run.

Another common questions that carpet cleaning companies like ours receive from customers are concerns about the darkening lines that can begin to appear on carpet along baseboards and around door openings. We refer to this condition as soil filtration.

Limit soil filtration

Soil filtration is often the result of air moving in and around the room when the home’s HVAC system turns on.

Carpet damged by soil filtration can be improved with carpet cleaning tools and solutions that are made specifically for the job.

Burning candles in the home can exacerbate soil filtration in carpet significantly.

It’s also important to consider how much dust your home creates and to change your HVAC system’s filters on a regular basis depending on how many people and pets live in the home.

Vacuum the carpets

In addition to adopting a no-shoes policy and changing HVAC filters, another great way to extend the lifespan of your carpet and the interval between carpet cleanings is to vacuum your carpet on a frequent and regular basis. Vacuuming regularly will help remove the small particles of dirt and gravel that are abrasive to carpet fibers.

Adopting a no-shoes policy, regularly vacuuming and replacing your home’s HVAC filters regularly are all great ways to add value to your home and reduce the costs associated with its care.

Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article originally posted on Jan. 11, 2013.

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About this Angie's List Expert: Terry Strickland is the franchise owner of Professional Carpet Systems in Raleigh, N.C., which earned the Angie's List Super Service Award in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

As of Jan. 7, 2016, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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