How to Prevent Carpet Fading

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How to Prevent Carpet Fading

As you may know from experience, exposure to sunlight can cause the color of carpet flooring to fade. While sunlight fades the color of carpet flooring slowly over time, the difference will become very noticeable. Of course, natural light exposure is not the only factor that can cause carpet fading. Yet, exposure to natural sunlight is probably the most significant contributor to carpet fading. Fortunately, there are a few tips that will help you prevent and possibly even reverse carpet fading while cleaning your carpet at the same time.

How to Restore Carpet Color

To prevent your carpet flooring from fading, you should try to limit sunlight exposure as much as you can. In some cases, you may have no choice but to keep your blinds closed for the vast majority of the day and only open the blinds when the sun begins to go down. If you don't want to have to keep the blinds closed almost all day, another option you have is purchasing window treatments. These window treatments will block ultraviolet light, which is the main factor contributing to carpet fading. Yet another option you have is using a fluorocarbon protector that will protect your carpet from fading temporarily. The only disadvantage of fluorocarbon protectors is that you will need to have them reapplied regularly.

If you happen to have area rugs, you will have a much easier time protecting them from fading. Just move the rugs as far away from the windows as possible. The rugs won't receive as much sunlight exposure if they are at the center of a room.

Why does Sunlight Fade Colors?

One disadvantage of carpet flooring is that clean-up isn't very simple if you end up soiling or staining the carpet. Fortunately, a simple and easy way to clean your carpet and prevent sun fading is using a salt water solution. Be sure to vacuum your carpet to eliminate loose dirt and dust before you use the salt solution to clean the carpet.

Mix an equal amount of hot water and salt in a large bowl. Stir the solution until the salt is completely dissolved in the hot water. Apply the solution with a cloth to your carpet. Wait a few hours for the carpet to dry and vacuum up any salt that remains.

For more tips when it comes to preventing carpet fading, don't hesitate contact us here at Carpet One Asheville.