In this installment of our series “Flooring FAQ’s”, we continue on with the most common questions about carpet:
Q. What can I do about static?
A. When a room’s relative humidity is very low, a static charge can build up in your carpet as you walk across it. If this occurs, a humidifier or other commercially available products can help.
Q. How can I avoid permanent indentations?
A. Your carpet pile may compress due to heavy foot traffic or weight of furniture. Rotating furniture may help reduce indentations. Also, you can work the pile back into place with the edge of a coin. Sometimes, passing a hot steam iron over the spot can also help, but keep the iron at least four inches above the carpet.
Q. How often should I vacuum, and what type of cleaner should I use?
A. You will need to vacuum your heavy traffic areas, such as hallways, stairs, and exterior entryways at least twice a week. Vacuum less heavily used areas weekly. For best results, use a vacuum cleaner with a beater bar or rotating brush, and with a strong enough airflow to penetrate to the carpet backing. For carpets with new “ultra soft” yarn systems, vacuum cleaners with special features may be necessary.