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How Do I Make My Carpet Last? Replacing it is expensive! Part 1

As the owner of Radius Carpet & Tile Cleaning I receive heaps of questions about carpet care, upholstery care, tile/grout care. One of the most frequently asked questions is "how do I make my carpet last longer because replacing it is expensive?"


This is a great and relevant question as we all work hard for our money and no one really enjoys spending it when we didn't really have to. Especially when our carpet is one of the most pricey items in our home. I will make a few suggestions that will add to the longevity, feel, appearance and even the smell of your carpet.


  1. Vacuuming - this is the easiest and least understood of the methods to preserve the appearance of your carpets

  • When carpets are properly vacuumed a few times per week this removes solids from your carpet. When the solid (dirt mainly) is not removed from your carpets it behaves like an abrasive between you foot and the fibres, so every time you or your pet walks over the carpet the feet and paws scratch the carpet fibres, but with effective vacuuming the abrasive soiling is greatly reduced. A proper vacuum with a rotating brush will remove a lot more soiling than a vacuum with only suction. The agitation created by the rotating brush agitates, loosens and "grabs" the soiling, thus increasing the effectiveness of the vacuum power. Plug in vacuums generally offer significant advantages over battery powered vacuums although they are often heavier.

  • According to The Good Guys:

  • Corded vacuums are plugged into the mains power so they generally (but not always) have stronger suction power and give you better results, particularly on carpets. For this reason, corded vacuums tend to be best for bigger homes with lots of carpet, pets and kids.

  • Corded vacuums are heavier and need to be plugged in, so they’re a little bit more awkward. You have to keep the cable out of the way and plug into different power points as you change rooms. Pulling out a big corded vacuum for crumbs or the car can also feel like an effort.

  • When you have a corded vacuum you don’t have to worry about battery life and can vacuum for as long as you like. This makes them great for homes that take some time to vacuum, because you don’t run the risk of running out of battery before you’ve finished vacuuming.

  • When you have a corded vacuum you don’t have to worry about battery life and can vacuum for as long as you like. This makes them great for homes that take some time to vacuum, because you don’t run the risk of running out of battery before you’ve finished vacuuming.

  • When you have a corded vacuum you don’t have to worry about battery life and can vacuum for as long as you like. This makes them great for homes that take some time to vacuum, because you don’t run the risk of running out of battery before you’ve finished vacuuming.

  • When you have a corded vacuum you don’t have to worry about battery life and can vacuum for as long as you like. This makes them great for homes that take some time to vacuum, because you don’t run the risk of running out of battery before you’ve finished vacuuming.

Hopefully this first tip will help you increase the longevity of your carpets...lets end with this question and answer;

  • Q. What is the best vacuum for me?

  • A. The one that you will use!


Have a great day and see you next time for part 2.


The Good Guys. (n.d.). Corded Vs. Cordless Vacuum [Advertisement]. thegoodguys.com.au. https://www.thegoodguys.com.au/corded-vs-cordless-vacuum-cleaners

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