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Carpet Care Instructions

 

No carpet is absolutely stain proof, however, many have some level of stain resistance, which allows time for removal of a stain.

Prevention is very important.  Keep the dirt out. Use mats at entrances and other areas to keep outside dirt and moisture from being tracked onto the carpet.  Clean the mats frequently. Keep sidewalks and entrances free of excessive dirt.

You must vacuum frequently.  The best way to reduce dirt accumulation and prolonged life of the carpet is to vacuum often.  When dirt or even dust is left in the carpet, it acts like sandpaper wearing out the pile.  A vacuum cleaner with a rotating brush to help agitate the pile and loosen the dirt particles is highly recommended on most carpets except on shag style carpets due to the longer yarns. 

Promptly attend to spots and spills.  Some spilled materials will stain or discolor carpet if not removed immediately.  Spills that leave a sticky residue can result in increased soiling if not removed quickly.

The following are some general stain removal instructions.

·       Remove as much of food spills as possible by scraping gently with a spoon or dull knife.

·       Absorb wet spills as quickly as possible by blotting repeatedly with white paper or cloth towels.

·       Always blot, never rub or scrub abrasively as a fuzzy area may result.  When blotting, work from the outer edge in toward the center of the spot to avoid spreading the spill.

·       Always follow up with water to remove detergent residue that may become sticky and cause repaid resoiling.

·       Remove remaining moisture by placing several layers of white towels over the spot and weigh them down with a heavy object that will not transfer color, such as a plastic jug of water.

The following are some cleaning solutions.

·       Mix ¼ teaspoon clear hand dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of warm, not hot, water. Use a clear, non bleach liquid dishwashing detergent like Dawn, Joy or clear Ivory or…

·       Mix ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide (3% solution available in drug stores) with one  teaspoon undiluted, unscented, clear (non-sudsy) household ammonia.  Use within two hours of mixing or…

·       Mix 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water or…

·       Mix one tablespoon of ammonia to one cup of water or…

·       Use a liquid, non-oily, non-caustic solvent sold for spots removal for garments.  Use products for grease, oil, and tar removal such as Carbona and Afta.  Do not apply directly to carpet to prevent carpet damage.

 

Remember to vacuum often and attend to stains immediately.  This will help prolong the life of the carpet and keep it looking new!
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