Preventing Carpet FadingPrevent your new carpet from fading with these important tips
Have you recently installed a new carpet and want it to last as long as possible? One the greatest challenges you’ll face in keeping your carpet in the best condition is preventing carpet fading. The moment that your carpet is exposed to sunlight, it begins to fade. Fortunately, there are some carpet cleaning tips that can keep it from fading any further and even reverse some of its pigment loss.
It wouldn’t be practical to block out all sunlight from your carpet. You still want to live and enjoy your home. One thing you can do, though, is limit sun exposure when you’re gone. Purchasing some heavy drapes or blinds can help with this. Before you leave for work or other activities, close your blinds. This will cut down on sun exposure and carpet fading.
Another option is getting treatments for your windows so that they better block ultraviolet rays. It’s still a good idea to close your blinds when you don’t need sunlight, but this will help. You can also periodically apply a fluorocarbon protector to your carpet so that you have one more trick in your bag.
Be sure to keep possible contaminants away from your carpet, which include cleaners such as bleach, medical creams, and even some carpet cleaners. Certain carpet cleaners will fade your carpet.
Cleaning Your Carpet
Did you realize that applying a saltwater cleaner to your carpet can reverse some effects of fading? First, you’ll want to thoroughly vacuum your carpet to get rid of all dirt. After this, combine hot water and salt in a bucket with equal parts of both ingredients. Stir the solution until all salt is dissolved. Next, using a damp cloth, apply the solution to your carpet creating a light layer over the entire surface. Once your carpet is dry, vacuum up the salt. You should notice that some of your original carpet color returns.
Carpet stains are inevitable, especially if you have children, grandchildren, or pets around. There’s no reason to panic if you get a new stain though. First, use some newspaper or paper towel to soak up the stain. After this, add some cool water to the area and dry it with a towel. Lastly, use a carpet cleaning agent or a wet vacuum for the final touch. It’s a good idea to try a carpet cleaner on an extra piece of carpet of the same kind that you may have in storage. That way, if there are any adverse effects, it won’t be on your actual carpet. A professional carpet cleaner can also help you get rid of stains.
Sometimes, a little bit of fading can improve the look of carpets. You likely want your carpet to keep its beautiful colors. The best thing you can do is to take quick action whenever you notice that your carpet has begun to fade or becomes dirty. This will ensure that you have impressive carpets for years to come. If you ever need more information about carpet cleaning and care or how to reverse and prevent carpet fading, don’t hesitate to contact us. We love doing all that we can to keep your carpets looking like new.