Carpet / April 18, 2018 / Hollie Sweeney
It's easy to tell how good the twist is on any kind of carpeting. When you have a sample on hand, look at its ends up close. If they appear to be neat and tight, they have probably been twisted many times. Carpeting with great twist quality has a uniform and level appearance; the end of each tuft matches closely with the ends of other tufts. The end result is neat and orderly. If the ends are frayed and loose, though, the carpeting doesn't have a high twist level. This means that it will get damaged with ease and it won't last you for very long.
Another line of defense: Unfortunately, as great of a job as the previous tip is for keeping your carpet cleaner than ever, it's a little optimistic to think that nobody will wear shoes in the house. Whether it's that pesky neighborhood kid, an unruly in-law, or your husband, it's inevitable. Fortunately, there are measures that can be taken to combat the unavoidable. Doormats at all entrances to your house kindly remind people to take their shoes off or at least wipe their feet before entering. When I go over to someone's house, my mind is often consumed by not committing some other egregious faux pas and the shoe thing slips my mind. Yet often when I see that mat I suddenly remember and kick them off -just wish I had remembered to wash my feet. Also, high traffic areas will often succumb to wear and tear, like my grass example, even if everyone who enters the house is gliding around on slippers. Runners on high traffic areas keep the carpet cleaner underneath and protect the carpet from moisture. Protectors to keep your carpet cleaner are a good idea as well for food areas. Food and drink accidents are the nuclear bombs of the carpet world and just one mishap can ruin a rug because for some stains, there is simply not enough carpet cleaner in the world. It might seem obvious, but clean it up the best you can as soon as possible and just try to minimize the damage.
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