How to Prevent Carpet FadingKeep your carpet looking as good as new with these tips
Tips and Tricks
If you are going to spend the money on new carpet, you are probably going to also want to protect it from fading. But exactly how do you go about protecting your carpet from fading?
No matter where you live at some point you will have a summer that's full of sun. And the sun, among other things, is a carpet's worst enemy when it comes to fading. Therefore, you need to do whatever it takes to protect your carpet so it doesn't fade and need to be replaced sooner than it should be.
Six Factors That Will Rapidly Fade Your Carpet
There are a number of things that could cause your carpet to fade: exposure to light, location, chemical interactions, color intensity,type of dye and dyeing methods used, and excessive carpet cleaning.
The best way to keep your carpet from fading is to find as many ways as possible to protect it. You should begin protecting your carpet from the moment it is installed because fading will begin immediately. Therefore, if you don't protect your carpet from fading from day one, your carpet could begin to show different fading patterns giving it a checkered or uneven look that will be permanent.
Three Different Ways to Protect Your Carpet From Fading
1. Keep Your Drapes and Blinds Closed
By keeping your drapes and blinds closed, you will be able to protect your carpet from the sun, which is one of the biggest culprits of carpet fading.
2. Install Protective Window Treatments
You can purchase ultraviolet window treatments. These are actually coatings that can be placed on the window itself to block out the UV rays from the sun. If you don't like the look of darker window coatings, you can simply buy the clear type for a more invisible look.
3. Treat Your Carpets With a Carpet Protector
You can buy a fluorocarbon carpet protector treatment that can be applied directly to the carpet. This product will help keep your carpet from fading. However, you will have to reapply it periodically for continued protection.
How to Reverse Carpet Fading
You can easily bring your carpets back to life by using a mixture of hot water and salt. Simply combine equal parts water and salt, and stir the mixture until the salt dissolves. Then you will need to vacuum your carpet thoroughly. After you've vacuumed, all you need to do is to moisten a towel with your water and salt mixture and apply it to the carpet. Once your carpet has dried, you will need to vacuum again to remove the salt.