Caring for your carpet doesn’t have to be overly expensive, extrenuous or time consuming.
There are four basic requirements for caring for and cleaning your carpet that will help it stay looking great, keep it sanitary and ultimately prolong your carpet’s life:
In the weeks after your new carpet has been laid you may notice that it is shedding some fuzz/lint. Don’t worry, this is normal for some carpet types and isn’t a sign of carpet damage. Simple light vacuuming will remove this surface lin
Purchasing a good quality vacuum is an investment in the appearance, cleanliness and life span of your carpet. We recommend the frequent use of an upright vacuum cleaner that has a correctly adjusted and clean beater bar and a revolving brush. Adjusting the beater bar height regularly also helps prevent damaging the carpet with excessive beating. Vacuums with micro filters are preferable as they eliminate fine particles (a common cause of allergy and asthma-related problems). Many people don’t realise that the suction performance of a vacuum is significantly reduced once the dust bag is half full. We recommend changing or emptying bags at the half way mark and replacing filters as per the vacuum manufacturer’s instructions. Giving your carpet a light vacuum (three passes over an area) twice a week, and a thorough vacuum (five to seven passes over an area) once a week will keep your carpet clean and ultimately improve its life span. Vacuum against the direction of the pile first to lift the surface and remove dirt and grit as well as reduce matting. Finish by vacuuming in the natural direction of the pile to achieve a smooth, even finish. Regular vacuuming removes soil and grit on the carpet’s surface before it is worked down underneath the pile and is harder to clean.
Steam cleaning is an integral part of keeping your carpet in premium condition. Steam cleaning gets rid of oily and sticky soiling, and penetrates the pile to remove dirt that vacuums can’t access. Carpet should be steam cleaned at least once every twelve months, depending upon the amount of usage it receives and its colour. Even though both light and dark colours attract the same dirt and grit, the lighter colours tend to show soiling earlier.
No carpet is absolutely stain proof. Some carpets have stain resistant treatments to make stain cleaning easier, but these don’t prevent stains from ever occurring. Carpets treated with soil resistant products have a reduced rate of soiling, but all carpets require regular care and maintenance. Most manufacturer’s warranties require steam cleaning to be carried out in accordance with their own guides. It is advised that you keep records of any professional cleaning carried out.
The abrasive action of soil and grit will accelerate wear on your carpet. Household entrances should have mats to act as barriers. It’s always better to leave most of the soil and grit on the mat than walk it into the carpet. A shoes-off policy in your house will significantly reduce the amount soil and grit in your carpet. Regular vacuuming and cleaning is essential to keeping your carpets looking good and to extend carpet life.
Spills need to be attended to immediately. It’s a good idea to keep a carpet cleaning kit with white cloths, paper towel, a spray bottle of water, a plastic scraper and some Scotchgard Carpet Cleaner handy. Whilst many of our carpets are treated with water resistant products it’s still best to take care of spills straight away to ensure liquids don’t penetrate the pile and stain/discolour the carpet. Whatever you do, don’t let a cool spill dry or a hot spill cool! Spot cleaning spills is as simple as:
When it comes to carpet care, there is often confusion about the difference between soiling and staining. The majority of stain complaints are actually soil related. For example: many sugar based spills (soft drinks, tea, coffee) leave a sugary residue after removal. This sticky residue easily attracts soil from ordinary shoe traffic and the resulting discoloured area appears to be a stain, yet it can easily be removed by simply misting the affected area with water and blotting. The same thing happens when spills are cleaned with a detergent solution and the area is not sufficiently rinsed with clean water, leaving a sticky detergent residue. It is important to always rinse carpet thoroughly with water and blot it dry after removing any spill.
You can further extend the life of your carpets by following these simple preventative maintenance tips: