for your Carpets & Flooring
Is the carpet suitable for its purpose ?
Almost all carpet samples are now labelled as to their suitability
for use in different areas of the home, under normal domestic usage.
Before finally deciding on which material is to be installed, check
carefully that it is suitable for the location for which it is intended,
not to do so could result in costly disappointment. In rooms where
a lot of computer equipment is to be used, or high tech musical
equipment, thought should be given to fitting material made especially
for those areas. Although carpets do not produce static, they do
have the capacity to store it, especially in a very dry environment.
Prevention of this can be effected by the introduction of moisture
into the atmosphere, perhaps by the use of humidifiers etc. In general,
long piled carpets are not suitable for use on stairs.
Secondary backed carpets, fitted over a good underlay, will give
a better performance in heavy wear areas such as living/dining rooms
Vacuum cleaning is vital in maintaining the carpets appearance
and preventing severe deterioration. In areas of high use, or where
local conditions dictate, this should be done daily to remove dry
soil, dust and grit, which can damage carpet fibers, and to restore
flattened pile to an upright position. An upright cleaner, with
strong suction and rotating brushes, is the most effective in this,
provided that the dust container is emptied frequently. Much of
the efficiency is lost as these fill up. Suction only type of cleaners
on loop pile carpets.
Accidental Spillages/Spot Cleaning
It is vital that accidental spillages are dealt with both very
quickly and correctly, as failure to do so can result in carpets
being permanently marked and, in extreme cases, severely damaged.
Any hot liquid which contains colour, from tea and coffee through
to vomit, simulates dye conditions and is vital that the substance
is removed from the carpet immediately. Scotchgard treatments, in
line with all other protective treatments, provide stain resistance
only - THEY DO NOT PROVIDE STAIN PROOFING. Their effectiveness is
still dependent on prompt and correct treatment of stains &
Golden Rules For Stains And Spillages
- NEVER USE WASHING UP LIQUIDS. Scoop up solids with a knife or
spoon. Determine method of stain removal from the chart.
- ALWAYS blot up the spillage using white absorbent paper, until
no more shows on the paper when pressure is applied.
- Before treating stain, test treatments on an inconspicuous
part of the carpet for possible colour change.
- With blotting or dabbing motion, work inwards from the edges
of the stain to prevent it spreading. NEVER rub or scrub at the
surface of the pile, this will damage the carpet surface very
badly and leave a permanent mark.
- When attempting to remove stains, ensure that the carpet is
dry before proceeding to the next step in order of treatment.
Once all the spillage has been removed, if necessary dab the affected
area with clean tepid water, taking care not to over wet the carpet,
and working inwards from the edges to prevent spreading, then
blot by applying pressure to absorbent white material.
- Once the stain is removed, allow the area to dry and at the
same time, ensure that the pile is lying in the same direction
as the main carpet. When thoroughly dry, brush the pile very gently
to loosen any residues. The area can then be vacuum cleaned to
remove all traces of both the stain and the treatment.
- NEVER walk on or place objects on damp carpets. Where accidental
staining has taken place and not been detected for some time,
the services of a professional cleaning company should be sought
as the substances will have penetrated, and dried into, the fibers
of the carpet.
Reference: Carpet Care by Cavalier