How to Prevent Carpet Fading
You've finally found that perfect carpet. It's the right color, the right pile, the right price. Of course, a periodic carpet cleaning will help keep your investment looking sharp and new, but what about fading? Sun rooms, especially, are vulnerable to carpet fade -- so is any room in your home that receives a lot of natural light. That summer sun may work miracles on your garden after a long and cold winter, but on your carpet? Not so much. Luckily, there are several things you can do to protect your perfect carpet's vibrant colors from the damaging rays of the sun.
How to Restore Carpet Color
Install UV-Blocking Window Films: Window films that block the sun's harmful UV rays will go a long way toward keeping floors looking nice. Films like these are economical to buy and simple to install. While you'll want to adhere to the manufacturer's specific instructions, most films are simply cut to size, applied using a spray bottle of water for adhesion, and then squeegeed to remove air bubbles. Once up, this type of window film can reduce carpet fade by 85 percent.
Use Solar Shades: Solar shades work in much the same way as window film, except they're actual window shades that you can open and close. Dark-colored solar shades are capable of blocking up to 96 percent of the visible light coming through your windows without eliminating your view. Solar shades are attractive and not only help keep floors and furniture from fading, but they can help reduce your energy bill as well.
Keep Your Drapes Pulled During the Day: If you don't mind a dark and cozy room during the day, invest in attractive drapes with light-blocking liners. Keeping these pulled throughout the brightest hours of the day will help extend the life of floors, carpets, rugs, and upholstery. It helps to insulate your room as well, lowering your electric bill and improving your room's acoustics. Of course, one of the best and easiest ways to keep your carpets looking fresh and new is to schedule a regular carpet cleaning at recommended intervals. Many manufacturers of brand-name carpeting recommend a professional steam cleaning at least once a year, but you'll want to follow the instructions recommended specifically for your brand and type of flooring. Indoor pets and heavy foot traffic could also influence your carpet's appearance.
To learn more about how to prevent carpet fading, contact World of Carpet One Floor & Home in Santa Rosa, CA or visit our Carpet One Floor & Home Design Center in Napa, CA.