How to choose and maintain your carpet
I like carpets. I’m the original carpet rat and I love wrapping my toes in a deep wool mix carpet when I slide out of bed.
We have such a lovely selection of products in Ireland including homemade wool flooring – it’s exciting to explore when furnishing a space.
Steam cleaning can be done on its own machine by hiring one for a day or two or an outside company to do the work. Well worth cleaning and beautifying a nice piece of flooring that you rely on every day. Images: iStock
Without demonizing it, it is clear that carpeting can be difficult to maintain. The Asthma Association of Ireland advises anyone who is allergic to dust mites “remove all carpets and replace them with hard floors if possible”. asthma.ie
Imagine a shorter wool mix rug that is easier to comb out with a vacuum cleaner. Use a good underlay to protect the rug from deterioration and flaking.
Degas your carpeting and underlay from all packaging in the garage for a few days before installation. Hard floors can also carry VOCs.
Take carpets outside and shake them out if possible (wear a mask) followed by a vacuum cleaner in the back and front.
Don’t let your carpeting be a reservoir for dirt, microorganisms and toxins. Periodically vacuum from edge to edge with a HEPA rated vacuum (this can mean daily in high traffic areas).
Clean your carpet on a schedule, even if it looks clean. There are many things from skin cells to fine hair and microorganisms that you cannot see.
Depending on the type of pile, beater brushes can tear the fibers of a carpet, causing further peeling. Use the best setting for your vacuum and reduce the strength of the head if necessary.
Consider a removing shoes guideline if you insist on carpeting throughout the first floor of the house. This prevents petrochemical and biological villains from being brought in from the outside. Install mats to wipe shoes off before entering the house.
Steam clean your carpets at least once a year to reduce the presence of dust mites, dirt and allergens. Dust mites cannot be completely removed from carpets, but just like bedding and soft furnishings, they can be controlled.