Carpet Care Guide
A new carpet represents a substantial investment. Like other elegant furnishings, it requires proper carpet care to keep it attractive over the years to come. Carpet rarely wears out in terms of fibre wearing away, but its appearance deteriorates over time and becomes less attractive. You can protect your carpet investment, prolong your carpet’s life, and improve the quality of the indoor environment by establishing a regular maintenance schedule.
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The most crucial step in the care of your carpet is vacuuming. Vacuum carpet thoroughly and frequently, particularly in high-traffic areas, to remove dry soil and dust. The fibres become more difficult to remove and cut as the dry soil particles work down into the pile. Thus, leading to premature wear and tear of the carpet. High-traffic areas generally require vacuuming daily. The whole house should be vacuumed every week. Change the vacuuming direction to a favourable direction to help stand the pile upright and prevent matting.
Vacuum Cleaning Carpets
Regular Carpet Vacuuming.
- A good vacuum cleaner is vital to prolonging the beauty, lushness, and life of your carpet. An inexpensive machine can remove surface dirt. But it will not effectively remove the hidden dirt and particles embedded in the pile.
- Vacuums with a rotating brush or combination beater/brush bar are recommended to agitate the carpet pile. And also mechanically loosen soil for removal by the vacuum. Note that carpet with thick loop pile construction can be sensitive to brushing or rubbing. The pile surface might become fuzzy. For these products, use a suction-only vacuum or a vacuum with an adjustable brush lifted away from the carpet to avoid damaging the pile.
- Use replaceable paper vacuum bags to do a better job of trapping the small particles which pass through cloth bags back into the room. High-efficiency vacuum bags, also called microfiltration bags, are now available. They trap even the smaller microscopic particles, such as mould, mildew spores, and dust mites. Also, byproducts are often a source of allergies. This type of bag is sold under several brand names. Verify that these bags trap particles are smaller than two microns. All vacuum bags need to be checked often and replaced when 1/2 to 3/4 full.
- Make sure the belt is in good condition. Ensure that the brush or beater bar rotates when in contact with the carpet. To adjust the vacuum to the correct height for the carpet, raise the beater/brush bar to the highest setting and lower it until it contacts the pile enough. It should slightly vibrate the carpet several inches away from the machine but not close enough to cause significant motor slowing.
Carpet Care Cleaning Agents And Equipment:
An excellent checklist to handle spills should include the following items.
Note: Do not use any household cleaners other than those listed. Many household products contain chemicals that may permanently damage your carpet.
- A mild detergent solution (no more than 1/4 teaspoon of detergent to a cup of water). A clear, non-bleach liquid dishwashing detergent such as wool cleaners is highly recommended. Do not use cloudy or creamy detergents as they may leave a sticky residue.
- A solution of white vinegar and water (1 part vinegar to 1 part water).
- White towels or white paper towels.
- An ammonia solution of one tablespoon of ammonia to one cup of water. Do not use wool.
- Non-oily nail polish remover.
- Chewing gum remover (freeze or solid type).
- Non-flammable spot remover specifically for grease, oil, or tar.
- Call the Experts from Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Repair and Laying Auckland Services. Since 1987 in West Auckland, North Shore, East, South Auckland and Central City CBD on 0800 783-266.
General Carpet Care Instructions
Removal Of Carpet Stains and Spills. Prompt attention to stains and spills is essential.
- Remove as many food spills as you can by scraping gently with a spoon or dull knife.
- Absorb wet spills as quickly as possible by repeatedly blotting with white paper or cloth towels.
- Always blot; never rub or scrub abrasively. It may result in a fuzzy area. When blotting, work from the outer edge toward the spot’s centre to avoid spreading the spill.
- Always follow up with water to remove detergent residue. Otherwise, it may become sticky and cause rapid re-soiling.
- Eliminate any remaining moisture by placing several layers of white towels over the spot and weighing them down with a heavy object that will not transfer colour.
Stain Removal Procedures
The following recommendations are for carpet care and spot cleaning.
A. Water-Soluble Stains.
Absorb as much as possible with white towels. Blot the stained area with white towels dampened with cool water until there is no more transfer stain onto the towels. If any of the stains remain, use the detergent previously described.
Spray lightly onto the spot and repeatedly blot with white towels—work from the outer edge toward the spot’s centre to avoid spreading.
Rinse thoroughly by spraying with clean water, and then blot or extract. Again, do not use too much detergent because the residue will contribute to rapid re-soiling.
B. Oil Soluble Stains.
Blot as much as possible with white towels. Apply the special oil and grease spot remover to a paper towel and repeat blotting. Do not pour or spray directly on the carpet pile, as damage to the backing or adhesive underneath could result. Use the towels to transport the solvent to the carpet. Repeat as much as necessary.
Provide good ventilation! Do not use flammable solvent. Instead, follow with procedures in A.
C. Gum and Wax.
Freeze stains such as chewing gum and candle wax with ice or a commercially available product in an aerosol can. Shatter with a blunt object and vacuum before the chips soften. Follow up with the solvent as in B.
Regular Professional Carpet Cleaning
Even though carpet vacuuming can remove most dry soil, it is also necessary to regularly clean your carpet. This is to remove the more oily or sticky dirt which builds up in a pile. When cleaned regularly, it is much easier to remove this material. The carpet in a typical household should be cleaned every 12 to 18 months. Depending upon the number and age of the residents and the presence of pets. A cleaning system should clean the carpet without leaving a detergent residue. Call the pros at Steam ‘N’ Dry carpet cleaning on 0800 783-266. Repair & laying service in West Auckland, North Shore, East, South Auckland Central City Since 1987.
The hot water extraction method, also called “steam cleaning,” is recommended.
This process consists of spraying a water and detergent solution into the pile, then removing or extracting the dirt and answer with a powerful vacuum from either a truck-mounted or a portable unit. It is to your advantage to use a professional cleaner like us here at Carpet Repairs Auckland. Carpet Repairs Auckland Service experience enables us to do a better job than you can do yourself. Thus, Carpet Repairs Auckland Service equipment has more extraction power than the rental units available to you. And the carpet will dry quicker. We are true professionals who have also invested in training to understand the equipment, know the proper cleaning agents, and recognise the differences in fibres and carpet construction.
DIY Carpet Care Cleaning Methods
If you choose to clean your carpet, avoid the most common problems due to over-wetting and excessive detergent use. Your carpet will be dry in six to twelve hours.
A carpet that is wet for more than 24 hours could develop mould and mildew. Increasing the detergent beyond the recommended amount does not increase the carpet cleaning power. It only makes excess detergent residue to be challenging to remove. The detergent residue left in the carpet will quietly collect soil more quickly, and the carpet will require cleaning sooner. Carpet with stain resistance treatments must be cleaned only with products formulated for this purpose. If not, the stain resistance will be damaged, and the warranty becomes void. Do not use cleaning or spotting solutions that contain bleaches or optical brighteners, they can discolour the carpet.
Bonnet cleaning systems spray a detergent solution onto the carpet and absorb soil with a rotating bonnet of absorbent material. Such terry cloth was attached to a machine similar to a rotary floor polisher. This cleaning system is not recommended. The bonnet system has a minimal ability to remove soil and leaves much detergent in the pile since it has no real extraction. Rapid re-soiling often occurs as a result. The spinning bonnet can distort the carpets’ fibres of the cut pile, fuzzing the pile and leave distinct swirl marks. For more information, call Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Repairs Auckland Services.
Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Repairs Auckland Service offers professional repair carpet, laying, flood fix, stain removal, carpet cleaning and drying carpet repairers in North Shore, West, East and South Auckland.
Thus, call Carpet Care and Repairs Auckland Services on 0800738266.
By Graeme Stephens
Posted: 15/04/2019 Updated: 21/09/2021