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Okay so you have bought a new carpet and it looks fantastic, but you want to keep it looking that way do you not? Well whilst you will not be able to keep that smell of newly laid carpet (And you might not want to!), there is a lot that you can do to keep your carpet looking brand new.

The first, and to my mind the best thing that you can do is to get your carpet scotch guarded. Scotch guard is a universal treatment that can be applied to any fabric, such as curtains, jackets or carpets. It is totally clear when applied so it can be put down on any colour of carpet. It then forms a virtually invisible barrier, which means if you spill coffee or red wine on your nice new cream coloured carpet, then you can mop/swipe the liquid up without it staining the carpet permanently.

Without this treatment a light coloured carpet can be ruined if you drop coffee on it.

Also if you are going to be spending a lot of money on carpet then do not try and save money by skimping on the quality of the underlay that you use. Always buy the best underlay that you can, not only will it last longer, a good underlay will make the carpet feel so much better underfoot.

And whatever you do, never put a carpet down without underlay, as if you do, the high traffic areas can see your carpet wearing out within months.

Buying a carpet can be a big investment, a good quality carpet such as Axminster can cost over £50 per square metre so it can be silly to skimp on underlay when spending such a large sum.

To ensure that you get the best from your carpet you need to ensure that you vacuum it twice a week (This is particularly important if you have pets, in order to keep fleas and ticks down) on a regular basis.

You should also budget for getting your carpet professionally cleaned at least every three months. You will notice the difference immediately with a lighter coloured carpet, however just bear in mind that a darker coloured carpet will pick up exactly the same amount of dirt during the same period.

Having your carpet cleaned regularly will help maintain its useful life. If a carpet is well maintained it will last for around ten years or more.

For more carpet advice and information, visit Beautiful Flooring; buy carpet online and visit us across the UK at one of our nationwide flooring retailers.