Are you thinking of installing carpeting in certain rooms in the home or apartment? Are your toes already gleeful at the prospect of soft, warm floors? Before making a decision, you should look into the advantages and disadvantages of this type of floor covering.
Let’s look at the good side first. Available in a vast choice of colours and patterns, carpet absorbs noise – very practical if you don’t want to disturb the neighbours downstairs. When you want a new look, a carpet is easier to change than vinyl or ceramic tiles. Lastly, carpet is an attractive way to cover “plywood” or damaged flooring and you can do so at a reasonable price.
It’s no secret – everyone knows that carpets and rugs trap dust and dirt and are often a nuisance for people who have allergies or asthma. Even if you suffer from neither, do not neglect maintenance. Dust mites, mould, and bacteria will proliferate in a carpet left untended. You should vacuum at least twice a week or more often if need be. Move the vacuum cleaner back and forth and from side to side.
For deeper cleaning, you can call a specialized carpet-cleaning company. If you choose to do the work yourself with a rented machine, follow the instructions to the letter. In either case, be sure to stay off the carpet until it’s completely dry.
Did you know that even a freshly installed carpet or rug should be vacuumed immediately? In so doing, you will prevent an early build-up of dirt and wear and tear on the fibres. Also, you should know that no carpet is completely stain-proof. It can be stainresistant, but that won’t keep tough stains from leaving a mark if you don’t clean the spot promptly.
Area rugs are an interesting solution when you want to add a warm accent to a room but don’t want wall-to-wall covering. In fact, area rugs are better for an occupant suffering from asthma or an allergy to dust because they are easy to remove for cleaning. To know if a rug needs to be cleaned, rub it vigorously with your fingertips for 5 to 10 seconds. If your fingers come away dirty, it’s time for a cleaning.