Can Stair Carpet Last 20 Years? Follow These Steps | Ask Ken

4 Tips to Help Stair Carpet Last for 20+ Years

Can Stair Carpet Last 20 Years? Follow These Steps
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Ken's Quick Answer:

A custom stair runner can be a design focal point of your home for decades. To achieve that longevity, you’ll need to take care of your carpet. From product selection to cleaning, here are four quick tips to get your started.

Ken's In-Depth Answer:

We're well known for our stair runner installations. As I've said many times, stairs take the most punishment of any part of your house. I believe there are four key things to remember when it comes to stair carpet.

First—if you have cats, try to avoid having a loop construction or a berber on the stairs because cats like to SCRATCH.

Second—because it's the part of your house that gets the most traffic, take off your shoes.

Third—if you're going to vacuum, try to avoid vacuuming with a beater bar for woven loop carpet. Tufted loops or a cut pile carpet won't be impacted, but you could tear the loops on woven loop carpet.

Fourth—just like with any other carpet in your house, it's important to get your carpet professionally cleaned at least once per year. That will help restore the fiber, texture and the appearance of your carpet.

Those are a few things to remember if you're going to put carpet on your stairs. If you have any questions, give us a call at 401-214-0285 or visit our showroom. We serve customers throughout Rhode Island and southeastern New England, including Newport, Middletown, Jamestown, Portsmouth, Bristol and more.

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About Ken: Ken Fain is the co-owner of Island Carpet in Middletown, RI and a floorcovering veteran of more than 40 years. His popular 'Ask Ken' video series answers common flooring questions on a variety of topics. It has reached thousands of viewers on both YouTube and Facebook.

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