I guess those of us who have invested in carpet flooring often wish we had carpet that would last us a lifetime, but unlike the above-mentioned carpet the average lifespan of most carpets is 3 to 15 years. Just as with many other manufactured items, there are some major factors such as quality; care/maintenance as well as wear and tear, which play an important role in determining your carpet’s lifespan.
Choose a Good Quality Carpet
It stands to reason that carpet flooring made from the finest quality wool will last much longer than carpet at the lower end of the scale, which is made from cheaper synthetic materials. During the time LTN Cleaning has been providing steam carpet cleaning services in London, our cleaners have worked on carpets of varying degrees of quality. A poor quality carpet can last anywhere between 1 to 3 years depending on other factors such as volume of traffic, frequency of vacuuming and deep cleaning as well as any other care and maintenance procedures . Taking the same factors into consideration, a good quality nylon fibre carpet is said to last between 10-15 years and high end quality carpets can last up to 25 years. Underlay or padding is another factor that can add valuable time to your carpet’s lifespan, so always ask the carpet company for good quality underlay/padding. Apart from the quality of the carpet and its underlay, the usage, care and maintenance of your flooring will determine how long it remains in good condition.
Care and Maintenance
Wear and tear will occur no matter what, but the rate at which the fibres of your carpet wear out can be greatly reduced by taking good and proper care of your carpet flooring. Proper care and maintenance are essential because a cleaner carpet, not only has many health and environmental benefits, it also has a longer lifespan.
The fibres of your carpet are great for trapping dirt and reducing the amount of dust in the air but if this dirt and dust is allowed to accumulate, the trapped dirt particles gradually cause wear and tear. It is therefore very important that carpeted areas which see a high volume of traffic are vacuumed daily, but other areas generally need cleaning at least 2-3 times a week and deep cleaning is recommended occasionally. Carpet manufacturers usually recommend deep cleaning every 12-18 months but as a cleaning company we have regularly had customers in London use our steam cleaning services bi-annually.
Although vacuuming and deep cleaning are a major part of carpet care and maintenance, treating spots or stains (immediately), using mats at entrances, having a “no shoes on the carpet rule” also play an important role. The constant care and cleaning that carpet flooring needs may be more demanding compared to other floor types, but it should not be neglected, especially here in London where cleaning companies are so readily available to cater for both commercial and domestic customers. LTN Cleaning services provide carpet cleaning in West Hampstead, Finchley, SW10, WC1 and many other areas of Central and North London, so book our cleaners today and they will help you get many years of life from your carpets, visit www.ltncleaning.co.uk to find out more.