Carpet is always a source of conflict between tenants and landlords. Obviously landlords think that carpet should last longer than tenants, but is there a way to make carpet last longer. There is a great article on PropertyWare.com’s blog that gives some great tips on prolonging the life of carpet. Link To The Full Article
Some tips from the article include:
Combine hard surface flooring with carpet in the entry way. By placing tile just inside the front door will encourage visitors to wipe feet or even remove their shoes before stepping on the carpeting.
Fully clean carpets at least once per year. Regular carpet cleaning prolongs the life of the carpet. Encourage tenants to clean their carpets regularly, but if all else fails perhaps a carpet cleaning paid by the owner might be an inexpensive incentive to sign a new lease.
Regular Vacuuming also prolongs the life of carpets. Perhaps a house warming gift of a vacuum will help tenants take care of your carpet.
Lastly, maybe carpet isn’t the best flooring choice. Tile in high traffic areas may cost more to put in, but will last considerably longer than carpet. Consider using tile in halls, dining rooms, and other locations that have heavy wear.