How to Prevent Carpet Fading

Top tips to keep your carpet color pristine

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How to Prevent Carpet Fading

Anytime you make an investment in your home, such as new flooring, it is important to protect that investment and keep it looking new as long as possible. Many homeowners find themselves in the frustrating situation where they have new carpets installed and then too quickly the carpets end up looking faded, dingy, dirty, or old. It doesn't have to be this way! There are a few tips you can follow to help ensure that your carpet stays new and fresh. From carpet cleaning to area rugs, here are our tips to keeping your carpet looking new. 

Carpet Fading Causes

  1. UV Protection: Keeping your carpet out of constant direct sunlight is extremely important in order to prevent your carpet's coloring from fading too soon. So, what can you do about this? You can purchase UV protectant window treatments to help minimize the UV exposure that your carpets see. You can also keep blinds closed during the day, opening them to let sunlight in when you get home. You can also purchase a fluorocarbon carpet protector, but keep in mind that this will need to be reapplied periodically.  

  2. Cleaning Your Carpet: The professionals recommend having your carpet professionally steam cleaned 1-2 times per year. Many homeowners write this tip off, citing expenses and saying that their carpet doesn't look dirty enough to need a professional cleaning. However, even if you can't see the dust and dirt particles or allergens lurking below your carpet pile, it is important to have them professionally cleaned in order to keep them looking new. 

  3. Clean Spills: Cleaning up spills at once is important to avoid long term stains that won't come out. Here are the steps you should follow in order to properly clean up a spill. 

  • Blot the area with a paper towel

  • Apply cold water to the area to rinse out remaining liquid or staining agent

  • Blot the liquid up with a paper towel

  • Clean with a good carpet cleaner or wet vac (you will want to test any carpet cleaner on an inconspicuous area in order to ensure it won't damage your carpet).

These three steps are a great way to help ensure that your carpet stays looking as new as the day you brought it home and had it installed. Frequent cleanings, cleaning up spills immediately, and protecting your carpet from harmful UV are all ways you can keep your carpet protected. 

To learn more how to prevent carpet fading, contact Carpet One Floor & Home Design Center in Napa, CA or visit our second showroom in Santa Rosa, CA.