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Make your carpets last longer

Choosing a carpet:

  • Choose the carpet before you decide on the rest of a room’s decoration – but install it last.
  • Pay as much as you can afford, particularly for high-traffic areas like the hall, stairs and the living room.
  • To check durability, press your hand on the pile and monitor how long it takes to spring back to shape – the faster, the better. The most durable is a short, dense pile.
  • To prolong the life of your new carpet, invest in new underlay and, again, choose the best quality you can afford.
  • Get your carpet professionally fitted.

And how to keep your carpets and rugs looking good:

  • Vacuum regularly to remove dust and grit that could damage the fibres, and to keep the pile in good condition.
  • Give carpets a deep clean once a year using an electric carpet cleaner or have them professionally cleaned.
  • Tackle spills immediately. Use the lather from the shampoo solution to avoid over-wetting and rinse thoroughly to remove residue. Any traces left behind will attract dirt.
  • Buy special rests to protect carpets from castors and heavy furniture. If you do get indentations in the pile, here’s how to remove them: Place an ice cube on the spot, leave it to melt, then gently tease up the pile with a soft brush.

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