1. Use Walk-off Mats
More than 70% of carpet dust, dirt and other particles come from the outside and is mostly brought in by feet traffic. By placing dust absorbing mats at every entrance, especially in areas of high traffic, you leave most the dirt outside, and the carpet will need less cleaning, which will in turn help to enhance your carpet's life. Strategically placed area rugs and runners can assist in reducing wear in high traffic areas.
2. Use a Chair Mat
Most people forget this important investment. A chair mat is a necessity rather than a luxury, more so, if you use rolling chairs in your office. In its absence, your seat will destroy the carpet's fabric and leave permanent imprint marks. Some manufacturers will withdraw the warranty on your carpet if they discover you were using it without a chair mat. Chair mats are cheap, and you get one complementing your carpet's color.
3. Invest In a Good Padding
Carpets padding are necessary for your carpet's life and your comfort. It adds a soft layer to the carpet and protects its binding from heavy traffic. The padding helps to increase the air flow to your vacuum and assists it to suck dust and debris more effectively. It's also essential for keeping the area rug in place. Carpet Paddings come in varied styles for different carpets and floor types.
4. Protect From Direct Sunlight
Direct sunlight is not okay for your carpets. Depending on the color intensity of your carpet, the fabric used, and the location of your carpet, direct sunlight will fade the color of the carpet and weaken the integrity of fibers. Direct sunlight is a problem in offices with many large windows. To protect your carpet, use curtains and blinds on your office windows. Consider placing the carpet at the center away from windows.
5. Move the Furniture Frequently
To prevent indentation and other damages, move your office furniture often. Moving it helps to distribute dust evenly, distribute the weight, and expose some areas for vacuuming. So, don't let your furniture sit in one place for long. When moving the heavy furniture, do it carefully. Don't drag. Lift. If wheeled, place the padding or plywoods between the carpet and the furniture.
6. Be Cautious With Cartridges
Toners are one of the most common carpet stains in offices. Be careful with printer cartridges. Always keep the printer away from the carpet when changing cartridges. You also need to keep your computer tower up, and off the carpet. It will not only help to extend your carpet's long-lastingness but also will assist to protect your computer. Your desktop will draw air and fabrics through the carpet, and this will affect your computer.
7. Protect From Spills
Spills are one of the common causes of carpet stains in homes and areas of work. To extend the life of the rug, protect it from all spills be it water, spillage from sticky, sugary beverages such as coffee, soda, juice, and milk, or solid spills. Ensure you are eating your food from spillage proof containers.
In the case of accidental spills, soak excessive liquid with an absorbent pad and remove the blot immediately with a stain remover.
8. Do Spot Cleaning
Spills are bound to occur, and when they happen, they often leave some ugly stains on your carpet. Immediate spot cleaning will help to eliminate this problem. Clean the spill as soon as possible to prevent some harder- to remove permanent spots. Don't use bleaching agents and other chemicals as they will destroy the carpet. A mixture of cold water and baking soda will in most cases do the trick.
9. Commit to Regular Cleaning
Some regular sweeping and vacuuming will greatly help. Doing it at least once a week will help to remove superficial dirt and dust. Don't vacuum only the carpet, do it on all surfaces be it the wall hangings, chairs, office fittings, door mats or runner rugs. The dust can accumulate in your carpet without you seeing it, and this can damage it.
Dust can make the carpet appear dull and mattered. You are advised to clean it 3-5 times a week but if this is not convenient for you, do it once or twice a week. Don't use hard detergents or acids to clean. Use brushes and soft sponges.
10. Know Your Carpet
Before buying a carpet, make sure you are well informed whether it's treated with bug repellant, whether it's soil resistant, whether it requires dry cleaning, and which deep cleaning method is most appropriate. Warranty is also important. Make sure you are asking how long the warranty covers.
Since every carpet has different styles, finish, and fiber, and requires unique care, make sure you are reading the manufacturer's manual on the care and maintenance. The manufacturer will help to rectify almost all the problems if the warranty has not expired. Be sure to preserve their name as well as their contacts.
11. Repair Damages Quickly
Prevention is worth more than an ounce of cure. If you notice seams pulling apart, fraying fabrics, or ripples on your carpet, repair immediately. You may have the situation evaluated by a professional. Don't clean over a lose yarn. Pulling the fabric will only make the situation worse.
If you see a looped snag, treat it like you would treat the fabric on your expensive attire. Early intervention to any damage will help to save expensive repairs or replacements later.
12. Hire a Professional Cleaner
Have your carpet cleaned by profession at least once a year to remove stains and dirt from the both sides. Hire an experienced and reputable company. Most manufacturers necessitate that your carpet should be cleaned at least once a year for the warranty to remain valid. Hiring a profession will not only help maintain your carpet but will make sure you are complying with warranty terms.