Carpet and Floor Care Guide
How to keep your
carpet looking new
|Removal of spots and spills|
|General guide to removing spots|
1. Frequent vacuuming to remove soil and dirt
Vacuum regularly to help keep soil from becoming embedded in the carpet. This will help maintain the appearance of your carpet and prevent it from looking dull and faded.
Light Traffic Areas should be vacuumed twice a week and moderate to heavy traffic areas more frequently. Be sure to make several passes over heavy traffic areas to ensure that all dirt is removed.
2. Periodic professional cleaning
No matter how careful you are with spills and vacuuming, all carpet needs to be professionally cleaned periodically. Professional cleaning will help maintain a fresh, bright look.
3. Prompt removal of spots and spills
Immediate attention to spots and spills will make removal easier. Depending on what caused the spot or stain, removal of spots can be simple or require several applications. Gently blot the spot being cleaned. Never use a circular motion, scrub or brush because this will destroy the texture of the carpet. Avoid saturating the carpet.
General spot removal procedure
NOTE: The following procedure is given as a guideline only, different chemicals have a varying effect on different carpets and fibers. We accept no responsibility for any damage which may arise if the following spot removal instructions are followed. In short, if you are not sure - call in a professional carpet cleaner.
Supplies to have on hand
White paper towels, Dish washing detergent or mild laundry detergent that contains no lanolin or bleach, Household ammonia, White vinegar Isopropyl rubbing alcohol, Brick or heavy book wrapped in plastic to be used as weight.
Step 1. Unknown and greasy spots
- Remove solid materials with a spoon and blunt knife.
- Blot spill with clean, white towel. Press down to remove as much liquid as possible.
- Apply detergent solution (1 teaspoon mild non-bleaching laundry detergent with two cups water.)
- Blot stain with white cloth or paper towel.
- Wet the stained carpet fibers with clear lukewarm water to rinse.
- Cover the area with towels and apply pressure to blot.
- Repeat above until all traces of detergent are removed.
- Place white towels over area with weight, such as a brick, to absorb excess moisture.
- Change towels and repeat until carpet is dry.
Step 2. If stain persists
(Do not use on coffee or tea stains. For these stains proceed to Step 3.)
- Mix 1 teaspoon non-bleaching, non-suding household ammonia with 1 cup of warm water.
- Apply ammonia solution, rinse and blot as instructed in Step 1.
- Do not dry with paper towels.
- Proceed to Step 3 to neutralize the ammonia.
Step 3. For coffee and tea
- Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in spray bottle.
- Apply vinegar solution, rinse and blot.
Specialized stain treatments
Steps To Remove
|Cough Syrup||3||Shoe Polish||1||3|
|Fruit Juice||2||3||White Glue||3|
Stains That Can't Be Removed
Some spills contain chemicals that discolor or even damage carpet fibers or dye. If you have doubts about what caused the spot or how to remove it, contact a professional carpet cleaner.
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