How to Prevent Carpet Fading 

A fading carpet can be the source of much frustration. A certain level of fading is often inevitable: your carpet will naturally shift shades over time, especially if it’s in an area that receives a lot of natural light. The good news is that there are certain things that you can do to minimize this occurrence.

How Sunlight can Damage your Carpet

By limiting sun exposure as much as possible, you can significantly halt the ravages of time. Keep your blinds closed by day, and open them at dusk. You can also purchase window treatments made specifically to block ultraviolet lights. Your carpet retailer can also provide you with a fluorocarbon protector to further assist this purpose: keep in mind these need to be reapplied from time to time. Area rugs should be set within reasonable distance from windows to limit light exposure.

Tips to Prevent Carpet Fading

Cleaning with salt water can help reverse some sun fading. To do a salt water cleanse, start with a freshly-vacuumed carpet. Mix equal parts hot water and salt and stir until fully dissolved. This mixture can then be applied with a damp cloth. Apply a light layer and allow to dry naturally, following up with a second vacuuming.

As a general rule of thumb, one should make it a habit to react immediately when something happens that could fade your carpet.  If you spill something, blot it up with a paper towel, then rinse stain with cool water. You should also be cleaning your carpet regularly- either with your wet vac, or with the help of a professional carpet cleaner.

Still have questions on how to keep your carpet looking its best? Visit Marett Carpet One Floor & Home in Volant, PA, and chat with our carpeting experts.

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