Saving money on carpet and rugs

Protecting the Investment INSIDE Your Home: Maintaining Carpet & Rugs

Imagine you spend thousands of dollars on a product that you use every single day. It’s a no-brainer to maintain it, right? The first thing that might come to mind is a car or computer.  But what you may not immediately realize is that the rugs and carpeting in your home are used just as (and perhaps more frequently) as your car or computer.

We change the oil in our cars and protect our computers with virus software and device insurance. We even routinely maintain other systems in the home, like changing the filter for our furnace or getting our A/C checked.  This is just part of the homeowner checklist to protect a costly investment that would be a hassle to replace. And it’s widely known that routine maintenance pays off in the long run when it comes to items of value.

These same principles apply to the carpeting and rugs in your home. Yet many people are not taking the proper steps to maintain this investment and ensure it lasts as long as possible. Just like car tune-ups, maintenance will extend the life of your carpeting and rugs. In fact, having your carpet and rugs professionally cleaned regularly can significantly improve the likelihood of them lasting. And it doesn’t take complicated math to realize that the more frequently you have to replace something, the more it costs you.

Why should I maintain my carpet and rugs?

Carpet, if well maintained, can last 15-20 years or more, and high-quality rugs can last hundreds of years.  In many cases, homeowners go through a long process of choosing just the right carpet and rugs. They factor in budget, the style of the décor, their lifestyle, and the feel and look of the fibers. After all this time, effort, and money is spent to create the perfect look for the home, it makes sense to take the same care in keeping it up.

Another factor to consider is the warranty on the carpet. If something goes wrong, you may have to show that you have held up your end of the deal by following the terms of the warranty and taking care of the carpet as instructed. So not only will proper maintenance help keep your carpet looking good, but it will also provide peace of mind in case something happens that would cause your warranty to kick in.

Frequency of Maintenance

So how often should you get your carpet cleaned? Typically you should consider a cleaning every 6-18 months, and the exact time frame depends on your lifestyle. If you have a full house and/or pets, you probably want to go with the 6-12 month range. For rugs, the general guidelines for cleaning are between 1 and 10 years. Your best bet is to go with a professional cleaning service that will assess the situation and provide you with reminders to help you schedule cleanings at the proper intervals.

Another advantage of using a professional cleaning service is that they’ll often help you in between these routine cleanings if you are in need of emergency spot-cleaning. At Master Cleaners, service is our top priority, so we want to make sure you’re feeling confident and proud of your carpet and rugs and that they are in tip-top shape at all times.

So consider getting your carpet and rugs on a routine maintenance schedule the same way you do for your car. It may cost you some throughout the years, but in the end,  it could mean big savings if you can prolong the life of these assets.

indoor air quality

The Surprising Way to Boost Your Family’s Health This Year (Hint: Look down!)

Eating right, exercising, seeing the doctor… these are the things that immediately come to mind when it comes to taking care of your health. If you’re particularly health conscious, you may even think about toxins and other harmful things in the food you eat and the products you use.  But what is often forgotten is the air around you. Not just outside, but the air where you spend much of your time – your home.

Typically, air filters, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers are the go-to methods for addressing the air quality inside of your home. However, many homeowners fail to do one thing when considering home air quality: look down! The floors are a big contributor to the overall health of your home and the people in it.

For the most part, we buy carpet and rugs for their visual appeal, and perhaps the comfort or noise reduction aspect. But what you may not know is that they also act as filters. Allergens, dust, and potentially harmful germs and bacteria enter your home through open windows and dirt and debris that’s tracked in from outside. These particles settle into the fibers and affect the quality of your indoor air.

At first blush, it sounds like having a rug or carpeting might not be the best idea. But, if you treat them right, homes with carpets and rugs can have very healthy indoor air. In fact, many studies show that those with allergies report improvements in their symptoms after installing carpet. Instead of allergens circulating in the air, they’re able to be thoroughly vacuumed up and removed via deep cleaning.

The key to keeping your indoor air quality as high as possible is maintenance. Much like a filter, whatever is captured must be removed. While vacuuming can help remove some of these particles, much of it is deep below the surface and not visible to the naked eye. In fact, if your rug or carpet is visibly dirty, it’s quite possible the particles have already been affecting your indoor air quality. So what can you do?

Get professional deep cleanings 

Your carpet and rugs should be cleaned professionally approximately once per year, depending on the usage (6-18 months).  This process extracts deeply embedded dirt and particles that regular vacuuming can’t reach (learn more about the process here). When seeking out a professional cleaning service, be sure to ask questions about their process and experience and check customer reviews. Many times discount cleaners are not using the proper equipment and process, which means the cleaning is not effective and can even damage your carpet and rugs.

Vacuum consistently

Vacuuming alone isn’t enough to keep your carpets and rugs pristine, but it will help tremendously between deep cleanings. Be sure you have a high-quality vacuum and are using proper technique. High traffic areas should be vacuumed at least a few times a week and areas that aren’t as used should be vacuumed once per week.

Limit dirt entering your home whenever possible

If you already ask visitors to take off their shoes before entering your home, pat yourself on the back! Not only does this cut down on stains, but it will also help prevent some of dirt and grime from lodging into your carpet and rugs. A doormat is the next best option, and being mindful of children and pets is also important. They may be cute, but they can sometimes track in some unpleasant things.

Don’t forget other soft surfaces

Your upholstered furniture and draperies can also build up microscopic allergens quickly and need to be cleaned regularly. The good news? These can also be deep cleaned similarly to how your carpets and rugs are cleaned.

Keeping your indoor air quality as high as possible doesn’t take much extra effort. Scheduling professional cleanings (here at Master Cleaners we remind clients when it’s time to get soft surfaces cleaned), vacuuming regularly and practicing some prevention can make a big difference. Here’s to your health!