Wear and tear is a natural part of literally everything, not excluding your carpets. There are practices you can follow to help keep the natural wear and tear at bay, but the wear is inevitable. We’re going to give you a few tips to get you by until you have our carpet cleaning technicians come work their magic!
The first thing you should know about carpet is that wear is a gradual process that happens slowly over an extended period of time. It is when the carpet fiber, carpet pad, or carpet backing start to breakdown at a base level. An increased combination of foot traffic and soil deposits contribute the most to carpet wear. Carpet wear can be quite visible in several varieties such as matted carpet and/or dirty or discolored carpeting in specific areas.
Carpet wear typically stands out in areas that have heavy traffic areas, like hallways, stairs, or the entrance to a room. The more traffic that travels through an area, the more signs of carpet wear you will see. Carpet wear can usually stand out significantly in areas where the direction of travel changes. Carpet wear can also happen in transition areas, where the flooring changes from a hard surface, like tile or hardwood, to the carpeted area. A common example of this would be the transition from the kitchen area to the living or family room area. Soil and debris will sit on top of the hard surface loosely, which makes it nice and easy for it to work it’s way into the carpet fibers. Any time you walk from a hard floor in your home to a carpeted area, the soil and debris will fall from your shoes down into the carpet where is will embed itself into the fibers. Regular vacuuming will help to keep your soil and debris levels low, but a hot water extraction/steam clean every 6 to 12 months is highly recommended.