As a professional carpet cleaning company, we have seen a lot of worn-out carpets to be cleaned at the end of tenancies! Sadly, most of the damage/wear & tear could have been avoided quite easily by implementing a few methods. 51% of all flooring sales involve carpets. Whilst still popular, carpets can be expensive, and we all know it is much better to keep a carpet looking fresh and clean rather than replace one. Tenants also hate losing their deposits! So what’s the answer?
We’ve put together these 5 tips you can pass to your tenants, to encourage them to keep your carpets looking good, AND save them any potential reductions in their deposits.
What should a landlord & tenant do to improve the longevity of a carpet?
There are many things that can help, and that is the beauty of carpets in general. You have a lot of leeway when it comes to the approaches you take and the time being spent on the maintenance.
Here are five methods that should assist in the process.
1) Vacuum Every Two Days
Are you vacuuming often? Most people will do it weekly and that is great, but it is not enough. Those who are taking longer breaks are not helping their cause at all.
A lot of dust and other waste can collect on top of the surface, and that does damage to your chances of longevity.
Plus, it is a health risk as well.
You want to make sure the carpet is being vacuumed at least once every two days.
If not possible, look to increase the frequency as much as you can.
2) Padding/Underlay Is Important For Longevity
Too many landlords refuse to think about the underlay or padding. They assume a good carpet is more than enough. It might look nice right now, but what about a few years from now? Without padding, all of the stress is being applied to the carpet.
Padding ensures moisture does not seep through. It is quite easy for moisture to get into the carpet, and once that happens, the damage can be extensive.
You want to put in good quality padding as soon as possible and let it sit in place.
This is the only way to make sure the carpet does not get worn down from underneath. Landlords should view padding as an investment to help protect the carpet!
3) Move Furniture Around
Are your tenants constantly keeping the furniture in similar spots? Encourage them to move things around every six months or so – it can be important. Not only that, it gives the room a new look and lets new areas of the carpet breathe.
You don’t want to keep the same spots covered up for too long as that is going to make things worse for exposed portions of the carpet.
Look to do this as often as you can. It will make a difference.
4) Avoid Continuous Sunlight
Is there a lot of sunlight coming into the room? Is it landing directly on the carpet? Well, it might not be noticeable at first, and you won’t care, but after a while, those spots will begin to fade. It is a natural reaction to continuous sunlight year-round.
You have to start using curtains and make sure they are put in place when the sun is out at full brightness.
You don’t want the sunlight to be constantly hitting the same spot on your carpet. Not only this, but it helps keep the room cooler during summer months.
It will start to look awful if not. You can compare it to going outside and sitting in the sun with your shirt on. The arms will become tanned while the covered portion of your body will remain the same.
5) Think About Using Mats
The best thing a person could do is start using mats. Landlords – why not supply some low-cost ones as part of the tenancy agreement? Some might not want to do this, but the goal is to increase the life of your carpet. By adding mats to certain areas of the home (i.e., high traffic spots), you will be able to increase the life of your carpet.
You want to use mats not only to keep those areas clean but to manage how worn down they get as well.
These are the five tips/hacks you want to use to extend the life of your carpet. Those who are not doing this will have to replace their carpet sooner rather than later. Why continue to pour money in when you can focus on small maintenance tips such as these to make a difference? Tenants can do small things to make a difference too!
You should be ready to implement these tips as soon as you can because your carpet is going to be better off in the long-term. You can add a year or two on top of the carpet’s life with these simple implementations.