5 Ways to Slow Carpet Wear

Have you ever walked into a home where you could literally see the path that is most traveled? Wear patterns are something that eventually will happen to ever carpet over time. However, there are some simple things that you can do to help slow down the formation of these wear patterns.

  1. Wear house shoes.

We all know that wearing street shoes on the carpet is not the best of ideas. Wearing socks does help, but house shoes will give added protection against oils that migrate from our feet, through our socks, and onto the carpet. Oils act like a dirt magnet, and just like a magnet, oils don’t like to let go of the dirt gravitating towards it.

  1. Vacuum regularly.

Vacuuming your carpet once a week is a great way to help keep the carpets looking great longer.

  1. Brush your carpets

Brushing the carpet helps to break loose dirt that is stuck to carpet fibers, and allows your vacuum to be more effective as well. It also lifts the nap of the carpet and makes it look pretty. This should be done once a month.

  1. Rotate your furniture

By changing the placement of your furniture every 6 months, you also change the location of where foot traffic falls in a room. This will cause the carpet to wear more evenly. Just like rotating your mattress helps it to last longer, so does rotating your furniture. *Make sure not to drag heavy furniture across carpet. This can loosen the carpet, and my result in a need to have it stretched.

  1. Regular Cleanings.

Every house hold has a different amount of traffic, and wear and tear that occurs over time. If you are noticing darkening in the walk areas, the carpet starting to mat down, or spots that aren’t coming up with general spot cleaning. It is time to clean. Carpet manufactures recommend cleaning a minimum of every two years. On average the standard may look like this:

  • Pet Owners with Kids – every 6 months to a year.
  • Family with kids – every year to year and a half
  • Family with light traffic – once every year and a half to two years.

5 Carpet Tips for Snowy Weather

It’s cold, and everyone is tracking in snow! With a husband that works out in the elements, dogs, and kids, everyone is making a path straight through my living room. Keeping the slush and mud out of the carpets has become a daunting task. Are you with me?
If you are trying to keep your carpet looking great here are some tips you can use to help keep the house looking nice, and make your family and guests feel comfortable.

  1. Put a mat outside the front door, and inside as well. This will help your guests to get the snow off their shoes before entering into the carpeted area of the house.
  2.  Set a shoe caddy or decorative box inside the entry area by the front door for an organized, and visually appealing space for shoes to dry.
  3. Have a pair of warm slippers ready for cold feet sitting by the door. Help your guests, and family to feel welcome and happy to take their shoes off
  4. Keep a towel near the door to dry your pet’s feet before they go into a carpeted area.
  5. Some pets are a little bit more reluctant to go outside when it is cold, and snowy. If your fur baby has an accident in the house, clean it up with a mixture of 50 % white vinegar and 50% water. This will leave your protective coating intact, provide some sanitizing, and if done immediately, should prevent permanent staining. Don’t use a store bought product. They can set stains, and sometimes bleach out the color of the carpet. If it says test in an inconspicuous area first, don’t use it.

7 Cleaning Tips to Save Time & Money

It may not be spring yet, but we have been getting a ton of sunny shine the last couple of weeks. I love it, but it does draw attention to things that could use a little cleaning. Here are some quick cleaning tips to help you get a jump on spring cleaning, and save a little time and money.

  1. Use a spray bottle of vinegar and water to clean your window. The mixture should be about 1 TBSP vinegar to 1 cup of water. Wipe the windows down with newspaper. If you do not purchase newspaper, use your weekly grocery store ads that come in the mail. You will get a streak free shine without the nasty ammonia smell.
  2. Add vinegar to your washing machine in place of fabric softener. It will deodorize the laundry, and it really works well as a fabric softener as well. You can also put a clean tennis ball in the dryer instead of using fabric softener.
  3. Add an aspirin to the wash to remove ring around the collar.
  4. When cleaning the house, start high. If you are dusting take care of the walls, ceiling fans, and overhead lights first. You can use a broom or dust mop for the walls. Remove blankets, and pillows from beds and put them straight into the laundry or on a nearby chair so you don’t have to bend over to pick them up. This will help to prevent back strain, and save you time.
  5. Laundry baskets don’t have to be restricted to laundry. Having a 5 year old, I am always picking up toys that are scattered around the house. I use my laundry baskets to collect all the toys at once for one trip back to her room.
  6. Prior to vacuuming, use a carpet rake or gamby brush to grab pet hair, knock loose dirt, and raise the nap of the carpet. This extra step will extend the life of your vacuum, and your carpet.
  7. To clean blinds, attach a damp cleaning clothes to both sides of a pair of tongs with a rubber band. Then just grab the blind and slide the tongs across the blind to clean the dust off of both sides at once.

Below: Gamby broom/carpet rake and tongs cleaning blinds.