Have you ever wondered if carpet protection worth it? This article from Angie’s List has your answers.
Is Carpet Protection Worth It?
To determine whether carpet protection is worth the money for you, you’ll have to consider your usage: Does someone in your home often make messes, or is your carpet getting a lot of wear? Then, you can determine whether you believe it’s worth spending extra money to make messes easier to clean and carpets last a little longer.
How does carpet protector work?
When you spill something on most unprotected carpets, the fibers absorb the mess, creating stains or odors. Carpet protection works by repelling dirt from the carpet fibers and preventing them from absorbing the spills.
Carpet protector also helps prevent wear and provides ultraviolet protection to reduce fading in sun-exposed carpets. It can be especially helpful in high-traffic areas and in homes with children and pets.
What about warranties?
Some carpet warranties include specific instructions on whether to add a protector. Some may instruct the owner to add carpet protection when the carpets are cleaned while others restrict it altogether.
Unless your warranty says otherwise, you shouldn’t need to add a protector until the carpet is at least four years old. New carpets come with protector infused into the fibers, so homeowners don’t need to add protection until a few years later after the fibers have worn down. Most homeowners choose to add carpet protection every 12 to 24 months.
Do I need a carpet protector?
Keep in mind that not all carpets require protector. For instance, pouring a water-based protector on polyester, a plastic-based fiber, does absolutely nothing. A few solvent-based protectors exist, but most protectors — like Scotchgard — are water-based.
While certain types of carpets don’t need it and some warranties could be voided if you add it, choosing carpet protection comes down to individual preference.
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