Preventing Carpet from Fading

tips to prevent carpet fading

If you have decorative carpeting in your home, chances are you enjoy keeping the blinds of your windows open so that you can fully enjoy the beauty of your carpeting as well as the rest of the furnishings within your home. Unfortunately, allowing natural sunlight to enter your home may be causing your carpet flooring to fade. Many homeowners don't notice the negative impact that sunlight exposure can have on carpeting in terms of fading at first because the process is slow. However, the difference becomes quite noticeable after some time. Here are a few tips that will help you prevent your carpet flooring from fading.

How to Prevent Your Carpet from Fading 

The most obvious way you can prevent your carpet from fading is by reducing sunlight exposure. Some homeowners opt to keep the blinds of their windows closed throughout the day and only open the blinds in the evening when the sun has set. Unsurprisingly, many homeowners hate the idea of having to keep the blinds closed all day long. If you happen to be one of these homeowners, another option you have is getting ultraviolet light window treatments. Ultraviolet light, which is a component of sunlight, is the main cause of carpet fading. Therefore, window treatments will prevent sunlight fading without forcing you to keep the blinds closed. 

As you can imagine, it is far easier to prevent area rugs from fading, since homeowners can easily move area rugs out of areas with significant sunlight exposure. In general, you should keep area rugs in the center of the room and away from windows to prevent fading. 

Carpet Cleaning Tips 

A major drawback of carpet flooring is that the clean-up process can be very difficult after a spill or mess. Fortunately, you can use a salt water solution to help remove stains from your carpet flooring. Not only will the salt solution help remove stains, but it will also help prevent sun fading. Before you use the salt water solution, it is recommended that you vacuum your carpet. Mix an equal amount of hot water and salt in a large bowl. Stir the solution until the salt is completely dissolved in the hot water. Dip the cloth in the salt water solution and use the cloth to apply the solution to the carpet.