12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Did not save my Carpet,
This review is from: Carpet Saver-Floor Protector-Beige-15' x 30" (Beige) (15'L x 30"W)
I've owned CarpetSaver for 2.5 years and my experience has been different than the reviewer who gave it 5 stars.
CarpetSaver can prevent DIRT from getting onto the underlying Carpet as long as you are careful to vacuum it and wash it frequently enough. I've been vacuuming CarpetSaver once a week and washing it once every couple of months. (I live here alone and remove my shoes when entering the house.)
Here's the problem: I've found that CarpetSaver has NOT prevented the underlying carpet from GETTING WORN. After all, the carpet is still under pressure from stepping on it, with or without CarpetSaver. As a matter of fact, I actually suspect CarpetSaver's continual presence on the carpet has accellerated the flattening out and tangling of underlying carpet fibers. Yes, I do realize that CarpetSaver is very light, but its presence does seem to have accellerated the flattening out of the underlying carpet. I initially bought CarpetSaver, and installed it on the stairs, because I was mainly looking to protect the carpet on the noses of the steps, but it seems to have accellerated the wear of the carpet on the flat parts of steps.
To those reporting better results: could this be due to your removing CarpetSaver more frequently and vacuuming the underlying carpet more frequently? Maybe vacuuming the underlying carpet more frequently would prevent CarpetSaver from causing the underlying carpet fibers to flatten out? (But I'd hate to have to remove CarpetSaver once a week to vacuum the underlying carpet in addition to vacuuming CarpetSaver itself once a week)
Perhaps those with better results have a different carpet type than mine. Are you SURE you haven't experienced any accellerated flattening out and tangling of the underlying carpet as the result of using CarpetSaver?
UPDATE: I feel I should also point out that you MUST regularly vacuum CarpetSaver and you MUST wash it at the first sign of any ground in dirt. Don't be lulled into thinking that dirt can't potentially pass through CarpetSaver and get through to the underlying carpet, because dirt CAN potentially pass through CarpetSaver. Granted this is unlikely to happen if you vacuum it at least once a week and wash it at the first sign of any visible ground in dirt.