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Preventative Maintenance

A little care goes a long, long way.

Carpet ownership can be a blissful experience if you practice some simple preventative maintenance for carpet. Just follow these common sense steps and your carpets will look and perform at their best for many, many years. Here are a few tips to make it possible:

1. Use walk-off mats at all entrances from the outdoors. It’s surprising how much dirt these mats capture and prevent from being tracked throughout your home. (And don’t forget to clean your mats often!)

2. Go shoeless. It’s not mandatory mind you, but going without shoes will save on wear and tear over time. Of course, it will also cut down on dirt transfer.

3. Keep your air filters clean. People don’t normally associate the condition of HVAC air filters with preventative maintenance for carpet, but clean air filters will capture more dust than you think… which means less dust settling on your floor.

4. Routine vacuuming. Soils contribute significantly to unnecessary wear, so regular vacuuming is a great habit to get into for preventative maintenance for carpet. Vacuuming regularly also helps maintain indoor air quality by removing allergens such as dust, pet dander and pollen.

5. Take care of stain-causing spills before they have a chance to set-in. Remember, all spots and stains, regardless of warranty, require immediate attention. The longer you wait to clean it up, the greater the risk of it becoming permanent.

6. Have your carpet cleaned professionally every 12 to 24 months.

7. Use a Quality Carpet Pad. A good carpet pad not only gives better resilience and comfort underfoot, it can extend the life of your carpet, especially on stairs. Because some carpets carry warranties with specific density and thickness requirements, be sure and review your warranty before purchasing your pad. Explore varieties of carpet pad.

8. Occasionally move your heavy furniture. Moving your furniture on occasion won’t just renew the feel of your room, it will also help avoid excessive pile crushing. Also consider using carpet protectors under the legs of tables, chairs, and other furniture to help distribute the weight. Damage can occur if you use chairs or appliances with rollers or casters without a chair pad designed specifically for carpet.

9. Protect your carpet when you are moving heavy furniture. When moving heavy wheeled furniture (pianos, buffets, etc.), prevent damage by placing a protective barrier of heavy cardboard or plywood between the wheels and the carpet.

10. Clean your area rugs. If you use area rugs on your carpet, be sure to clean them regularly, and make sure you clean and restore the pile of the carpet underneath as well. Also, be sure to check area rugs for colorfastness before placing them on carpet because the color in some rugs may bleed through. After cleaning your carpet, allow it to dry completely before replacing rugs.

11. Reduce periods of direct sunlight. Protect your carpet from prolonged periods of direct sunlight with blinds, shades, or awnings.

Always follow your manufacturer’s care and cleaning guidelines when practicing preventative maintenance for carpet to maintain your its warranty.

By following these simple tips, you’ll enjoy the beauty and comfort of your Bliss floor for many years to come. For really good advice on how to remove spots and stains, go to Spot Removal Tips, or if you’d rather talk live with somebody about it, call 800-944-2840. You can also refer to the Beaulieu of America Carpet Care Guide & Warranty Information.