Carpet Care and Cleaning
CARPET AREA RUGS | CARE, CLEANING, and PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE TIPS
Quality care is an important factor in the preservation of your investment in a quality area rug. The instructions in this section are applicable to all carpets (tufted and hand-knotted rug pieces), including wool, polypropylene, nylon and blends. One of the best carpet cleaning methods is following a preventative maintenance schedule of vacuuming and changing your HVAC filters frequently. Learn more about how to cleaning spills on carpet and how to protect your investment in quality flooring below.
Regular vacuuming is a carpet's best friend. In most cases, a suction only canister vacuum is the best to prevent excess piling and fuzzing for loop pile carpets. However, if this type is not available, set vacuum so that the brush is farthest away from the surface of the carpet.
The vacuum cleaner dust bag should be changed when it is half full.
Remove spills immediately.
Professionally clean regularly by a certified professional cleaner. Do not apply stain repellent treatments that contain silicone because they tend to accelerate carpet soiling.
Keep doormats clean to avoid tracking additional dirt to carpeted areas. Exercise preventative maintenance by placing absorbent mats at the most frequently used entrances to your home. Change when mats become soiled.
Change heating and air conditioning filters regularly.
One of the most crucial areas of carpet maintenance is removal of spots and spills. Act quickly whenever anything is spilled or dropped and always have the necessary cleaning materials on hand for unexpected spills.
STEPS FOR SPOT REMOVAL
1. Immediately blot (do not rub) carpet spills with white paper towels or with a clean absorbant cloth. Scoop up solids.
2. Pretest spot-removal in an inconspicuous area. Apply cleaning agent to an absorbent towel and begin to blot up the spill with a blotting motion. Flip cloth to prevent reapplying soil.
3. Do not oversaturate with water.
4. Work inward from the edge of the spot to prevent excess spreading.
5. Wait a few minutes for the cleaning agent to work on the spot. Follow the recommended instruction on the carpet cleaning agent's packaging.
6. Once the cleaning agent has removed the spot, blot excessive moisture by applying pressure with paper towels or a dry absorbent cloth.
7. Rinse with clear water on a clean cloth.
8. Remove excess moisture by applying pressure with paper towels.