When it comes to your carpet there are always areas that seem to look a bit darker than other areas. This is usually referred to as high traffic areas. This can be in a hallway area or in front of the couch or your favorite chair. The darker carpet can be one of two things dirt or damage. You probably think that you keep the carpet pretty clean and neat but when it comes to these dark spots there is always a reason. Carpet Care 2000 has a breakdown about these areas and what they are and what you need to do to take care of them.
Definition of High Traffic Area
What is making these areas look darker? These areas are darker for two main reasons. The first reason is that you have more dirt built up in these areas. This can be from walking in these same areas or sitting in these areas on a regular basis. The dirt and grime from your shoes are deposited onto the carpet fiber and the dirt will make the carpet seem darker. Even if you are careful and wipe your shoes on the mat before coming in the shoes will still have dirt on them. Most people are creatures of habit and will come inside in the same manner each day even if it is just to remove their shoes. You might sit in a chair or on the couch and the dirt will be left right where you are. Dirt can also be accumulated from bare feet on carpet. Bare feet have natural oils that are on the skin that can cause dirt to build up on the carpet. The second reason for the darker color is from actual damage to the carpet fibers. When dirt is left on the carpet and you walk on it, it acts like sandpaper and will tear down the fibers. The fibers when they are new are like a nice smooth cylinder and are able to reflect light. When they are damaged the less amount of light can be reflected and therefore will seem darker.
Preventing Dark Carpet Discoloration in High Traffic Areas
What can you do to stop this from happening? There are several ways you can stop carpet from being damaged and building up dirt. The first thing to do is to remove your shoes before you enter the carpeted area. This means that all the dirt that is on the shoes from being outside will be left off the carpet. The next thing is to get everyone at home to wear cotton socks when walking around. This will protect the carpet from the oils on their feet. Another way to stop it is to vacuum every day. This will be what removes the majority of that dirt that acts as an abrasive when walked on.
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The last and the most important way to stop this from happening is to have your carpets cleaned professionally on a regular basis. Contact Carpet Care 2000 to schedule an appointment today!