With the proper care, a carpet can last about 3 to 5 years before the fibers begin to fray and replacement is necessary. However, regular wear and tear, pets, and if you’re dealing with a rental carpet, tenants, can drastically shorten the lifespan of your rug. Luckily, there are several easy, cheap ways to refresh your rug without having to replace it.
A common problem when it comes to refreshing old carpets comes in the form of indentations left by furniture or regular wear and tear. There are several ways to take care of these dents; one common solution is to place an ice cube in the indentation, and wait for it to melt. Once it has melted, vacuum over it and the fibers of the carpet should return to normal. (Ice cubes can also be used to remove chewed gum.) Another option is to place a damp cloth over the dent, and iron over it for a few seconds. Fluff the fibers and comb them with your fingers until they return to normal.
When it comes to carpet stains, vinegar and baking soda are a budget-friendly, surefire way to get rid of them. Pour enough vinegar to soak up the stain, then sprinkle some baking soda on top. Leave it in place for a couple of days, covering it with a plate or some newspaper in order to prevent anyone in your house from stepping on it or kicking it. Sweep and then vacuum the mixture once enough time has passed, and the stain will be gone!
Regular dry cornstarch works as a good deodorizer. Sprinkle dry cornstarch on the carpet in question and allow it to sit for an hour, and then simply vacuum it up. Mixing a solution of 1/3 cup of cornstarch to 2 cups of baking soda works as a good all purpose cleaner; sprinkle it all over the carpet and leave for several minutes before sweeping and vacuuming it up.
- Hire A Pro
Carpets need to be deep-cleaned regularly in order to preserve and extend their lifespan. Some recommend cleaning every six months, while others recommend a yearly cleaning. Carpet cleaning companies offer a steam cleaning service that reach all the way down to the bottom of the carpet, and remove dirt that a surface cleaning simply can’t reach. Investing in an annual or semi-annual carpet cleaning is the best way to extend its lifespan.
By following these steps, you can ensure that your carpet or rug stays as clean as possible for as long as possible. Taking good care of your carpet can save you both time and money when it comes to replacement later on!