Carpet 101: 7 Tips for Renovating Your Home

By  February 23, 2011

The groundhog has spoken and spring will soon be here bringing a sense of renewal and transformation. As you begin to form your renovation plans and blue prints, Holmes: The Magazine To Make It Right is sharing tips and tricks to keeping a cleaner home this spring; and it can be summed up in one word: Carpet.

Try a synthetic fiber… Man-made fibers like nylon and polypropylene wear well and are easier to clean than many other fibers.

Go the natural route… If you, or your company, find yourselves sneezing, organic options derived from cotton, grass and even coconut husks could be a way to stop your allergies.

Select a shorter pile:… Shorter fiber carpets are filled with less debris.  At about ½ inch, it also takes less time and energy to clean then a shag.

Try carpet tiles… When the kids, guests, or even yourself have that clumsy moment and spill on your carpet, this will allow you to simply pull up the one or more squares and replace them if a deep cleaning fails to get rid of the stain.

Air it out… When purchasing a new carpet make sure to have the installer unfurl it either in the warehouse or your garage, this way the quantity of carcinogens is greatly reduced.

Vacuum weekly… Weekly vacuuming, especially with a HEPA filtered, rotating brush attachment, and beater bar vacuum, keeps pollutants from sinking into your carpet.

Avoid antiques… Most antique carpets were made when dyes and chemicals were less scrutinized.  For added assurance, look for the Green Carpet label on your next showroom trip.