Ever since the introduction of easier and faster methods of manufacturing, society has begun to develop what may be termed of as a throw-away culture. When something is old or has seen better days, it is easy enough to throw them away and purchase new ones. This is a far cry from years ago when products that were put into the market were valued as much for their quality as for their longevity and sturdiness.
There are an estimated 4.7 billion pounds of carpet that end up in landfills each year, and which take an estimated 1,000 years to degrade. These days, people are becoming more aware of how a throw-away culture can negatively impact the environment. If the alternative to not having new carpeting when the whim strikes us is that we minimize our environmental footprint, the tradeoff is more than worthy.
The key to prolonging the life of a carpet is regular carpet cleaning. Regular vacuuming and immediate stain removal are advised, as well as the hiring of professional Oceanside carpet cleaning companies to give your carpets a deep clean at least once every 6 to 12 months.
The following are a few additional points you can use to help prolong the life of your carpet:
- Use entryway matting
Having entryway matting where people can clean their shoes before entering the room, thereby minimizing the amount of dirt, dust, or mud that gets tracked into the house, can go a long way to keeping your carpets clean and well-maintained. Make sure that this entryway matting is sufficient to accommodate both feet, and is sturdy enough to withstand constant foot traffic, with the resiliency to collect a good quantity of dirt, dust, and mud.
- Clean carpets spots and stains immediately
Any carpet owner will tell you about the headache that comes from having carpets subjected to wine stains, grape juice stains, vomit, or even pet poop and urine. When those substances get into your carpet, leaving off their cleaning for too long can result in these substances getting buried deeper into the fabric of the carpet, and consequently becoming more difficult to remove. For wine stains and grape juice stains in particular, after some time, the stain itself could become “set,” and become a permanent fixture on your carpet. This is often enough of an incentive for many homeowners to consider getting a new carpet and replacing the old one, regardless of how good the quality of the old carpet still is. Whereas if you clean these stains immediately, and treating them appropriately depending on what kind of stain it is, you have a better chance of getting the stain out completely and permanently, thereby prolonging the life of your carpet.
- Regular vacuuming
In terms of daily maintenance, regular vacuuming goes a long way in keeping your carpets as clean as possible without resorting to more extensive cleaning methods. Vacuuming on a regular basis is a great way to keep your carpets clean – and can potentially get rid of at least 90 percent of any dirt or dust that tracks into your carpets on a regular basis.
- Regular professional deep cleaning
It may seem costly for some to have to hire professional carpet cleaners to clean one’s carpets once to twice a year, but the truth is that in the long run, the costs of such carpet cleaning Utah services is still far cheaper than having to replace your carpeting completely.
And aside from the minimizing the potential waste that gets into the environment by keeping your old carpet and not having to throw away yards and yards of old carpet, regular and periodic deep cleaning also helps to maintain the air quality within your home or office.
Deep cleaning methods work by extracting accumulated dirt, debris, grease, soil, and other residue that cannot be reached by regular cleaning methods such as vacuuming. This not only prolongs the life of your carpet, but it also reduces the potential bacteria and allergens that may be kicked up from the carpets and released into the atmosphere of your home.
- Consider recycling old carpets
If you feel like you have no choice but to replace old, ratty, worn, and ruined carpeting, you might first want to consider recycling methods for old carpets rather than simply throwing them into the trash to eventually wind up on a landfill.
There are currently some groups or organizations that promote recycling of old carpets, and whom you may want to contact about the possibility of turning your old carpets over to for recycling. Properly processed, old carpets can potentially be used and recycled into new carpet components, as well as other possible recycled products.
In that vein, you might want to help the recycling industry, as well, by patronizing recycled carpets the next time you purchase a new one. In this way, you keep old carpets from ending back into the trash and adding volume to landfill, and you help in the management of resources by patronizing carpet manufacturers that reuse recycled materials rather than harvesting more organic, environmental resources for their manufacture.