A lot goes into owning a home.
It can be hard to keep up with all the maintenance tasks when you’re running a busy household.
Speaking of busy, have you stopped to think about how your carpet, area and Oriental rugs and hardwood floors are handling all the foot traffic they endure on a daily basis?
You’ll save money on replacement and repair costs when you protect the floors in your home that see a lot of coming and going.
The key is maintaining these areas with regular professional floor cleaning services.
Protect the High-Foot-Traffic Zones in Your Home
How to take care of carpet in high-traffic areas
- Put mats by the doors.
- Vacuum regularly.
- Move the furniture.
- Invest in quality window coverings.
- Be vigilant about cleaning up spills.
- Call in a professional carpet cleaning company.
Lots of feet – human, canine or feline – on your carpet can cause the fibers to break down.
The result is a golden opportunity for dirt and grime to make their way deep down in and wreak havoc AKA permanent damage.
Commit to regular maintenance and your carpet will last much longer – and look great, too.
Here’s how you can take good care of your carpet.
1. Put mats by your doors
Placing a welcome mat outside your doors gives dirt a place to party before it makes its way into your home.
A mat will go a long way in preventing the yucky stuff from getting on the carpet, which is the best way to maintain that fresh look.
2. Don’t neglect the vacuum
It’s recommended that you vacuum your carpet two or three times a week. This keeps the soil and debris from settling into the fibers.
3. Move the furniture
Rotating your furniture on a regular basis will keep the carpet from getting worn in one area and keep dents from forming that could be permanent.
4. Invest in quality window coverings
While we all love a good dose of sunshine, UV rays can cause fading. Using blinds or curtains to cut back on the sun on the carpet and it’ll last longer and hold its color better.
5. Be vigilant about spills
Whether you have little ones, teenagers, pets, or rowdy friends, your carpet will experience some – or many – spills.
The best thing you can do is to act quickly and clean up the liquid before it has a chance to settle into your carpet.
6. Get friendly with a professional carpet cleaning company
It’s vital that you have your carpets professionally cleaned regularly. Once every few years just won’t cut it.
Not only will deep cleaning get rid of dirt, dust, debris and allergens, it’ll also keep your carpet looking like new.
Area and Oriental Rug Care
How to care for Oriental and area rugs in high-traffic areas
- Rotate the rugs four times a year.
- Don’t use Oriental rugs as doormats.
- Watch out for too much sun.
- Prevent dents.
- Have them professionally cleaned by a professional rug cleaning company.
While area and Oriental rugs are just as susceptible to wear and tear as carpets, they have one huge advantage: They’re portable.
Here’s what you can do for your rugs.
1. Rotate, rotate, rotate, rotate
Four times a year (see what we did there?), give your rugs a new position. It’ll cut down on the effects of lots of foot traffic.
A good way to remember is to rotate your rugs with every new season.
2. Don’t let Oriental rugs do the job of welcome mats
Your Oriental rugs are more delicate than their hardy cousin, the welcome mat.
Keep your Oriental and area rugs away from entry points to reduce hard wear and maximize their life.
3. Watch that pesky sun
Those UV rays will have the same effect on your rugs as they do on the carpet.
But remember that portability thing? It’s much easier to keep these easily-movable floor coverings out of direct sunlight.
4. Do away with dents
If you put casters under the legs of couches, chairs, and tables, you’ll avoid damage and dents from crushed rug fibers.
5. Have your area and Oriental rugs cleaned by professionals
Regular cleaning will do away with that deep-down dirt AND the allergens that can collect in the fibers.
Your friends at Hammond Knoll may even be able to pick up your rug and deliver it back to you after it’s had a nice sprucing up at our “spa.”
Hardwood Floor Care
How to care for hardwood floors in high-traffic areas
- Vacuum 2-3 times per week.
- Mop once a week.
- Use cotton mats in doorways.
- Don’t wear your shoes in the house.
- Cut your pets’ nails.
- Use protectors on the bottom of furniture.
- Block the sun.
- Have your hardwood floors professionally cleaned.
You may view the hardwood floors in your busy home as sturdy and not in need of much care.
But, as you can see from the picture above, those same shoes and paws that take a toll on your carpet and rugs can also damage your hardwood over time.
Guess what? Regular maintenance is the key to a long life for your hard floors, too.
Here’s what to do.
1. Establish a vacuuming routine
Like your carpets, two or three times a week will do the trick for your hardwood floors.
Though there are no fibers to break down, dirt can scratch wood flooring.
2. Swab the deck
Well, actually, mop your floors, matey.
Dirt can settle into the wood and cause permanent damage, so you should give them a good mopping once a week, at least.
3. Get some cotton mats
As opposed to rubber or vinyl, cotton mats won’t hold moisture so your floors will dry much faster and you won’t have to worry about water damage.
4. Run around in your stocking feet
You don’t really have to RUN, but the point is: Take your shoes off when you come in the door and leave the dirt outside where it belongs.
5. Give the pets a manicure
Keep your animals’ nails trimmed so that they don’t scratch your hardwood floor.
6. Get felt
For your furniture legs, that is. Felt protectors will keep your favorite pieces from permanently marking the floor.
7. Seriously. The sun. AGAIN.
You know the drill by now. Yes, the sun can and will cause your hardwood floors to fade and can actually damage them, too.
Get those blinds or curtains on the job and keep your floors looking like new.
8. Have your hardwood floors professionally cleaned
Yep, even your hardwood floors need a visit from the professionals every so often.
Once or twice a year is a good goal, but if you notice damage in-between cleanings, be sure to call for help.
Professional Floor Cleaning for Your High-Traffic Areas
From carpet to rugs and hardwood – and a whole lot more – Hammond Knoll can tackle the floor-cleaning and repair challenges that come up.
Follow these tips for taking care of your flooring and keep your favorite professional floor cleaning company – Hammond Knoll – on speed-dial.