Carpet Care Tips
KEEP YOUR CARPET LOOKING BEAUTIFUL:
Use Entrance Mats:
Place walk-off mats inside and outside entrances to trap soil before it can be tracked into your home. Soil is the greatest threat to your carpet’s appearance.
The most important thing you can do for your carpet is to vacuum it regularly. Removing dirt particles will reduce abrasion that can dull carpet fibers. Use a vacuum with a beater-bar, which will raise the pile when it removes soil.
Blot Up Spills Immediately:
Immediate attention to spills and spots will make removal easier. Always blot the area being cleaned. Never rub, scrub or use a brush.
Clean your carpet using hot-water extraction before it shows traffic patterns. Professional cleaning using hot-water extraction is the preferred method.
EASY 1-2-3-CLEANING METHOD:
- Use a spoon or dull knife to remove solid materials
- For large stains, work from the outside of the stain to the center to prevent spreading.
- Blot up liquid spills with a colorfast or white paper towel.
- Mix a solution of ¼ teaspoon of clear hand dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of water. Stir gently.
- Apply detergent solution directly to a white cloth. Dampen the carpet fibers in the stained area with a cloth. Avoid saturating the carpet.
- Wipe gently. Turn cloth frequently.
- NEVER RUB, SCRUB OR USE A BRUSH BECAUSE IT MAY DAMAGE CARPET FIBERS. If necessary, use your fingertips to work the solution to the base of the stain.
- Wet the stained carpet fibers with clear, lukewarm water to rinse.
- Cover the spot with an absorbent white towel or paper towel and apply pressure to blot.
- Repeat the rinsing and blotting procedures until you are sure all traces of the detergent have been removed.
- If the stain is gone, place an absorbent towel or white paper towel over the area cleaned and weigh towels down with a heavy, colorfast object, such as a weighted plastic wastebasket.
- Change towels or paper towels until carpet dries.
- If stain remains, proceed to step 2 (for coffee, tea or urine, skip step 2 and proceed to step 3).
- DO NOT USE ON COFFEE, TEA OR URINE STAINS.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of non-bleaching, non-sudsing household ammonia with 1 cup of lukewarm water.
- Apply ammonia solution, rinse and blot as outlined in Step1.
- Do not dry with paper towels. Proceed to step 3 to neutralize the ammonia solution.
- Mix ½ cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of lukewarm water.
- Apply vinegar solution, rinse and blot as outline in step 1.
EASY 1-2-3-CLEANING METHOD
- Chocolate Milk
- Food Stains (General)
- Ice Cream
- Soil Spots
- Fruit Punch
- Latex Paint
- Tomato Juice
- Baby Formula
- Cranberry Juice
- Fruit Juice
- Grape Juice
- Water Colors
- Felt-Tip Marker
- Soft Drinks
For these stains, start with step 1. If the stain remains, proceed with steps 2 and 3.
Special Water-Based Stains: Coffee, Tea And Urine
For these stains, start with step 1. If the stain remains, proceed with step 3. Omit step 2.
Greasy, Oil-Based Stains:
- Furniture Polish (oil based)
- Grease (black)
- Peanut Butter
- Cooking Oil
- Oil Paint
- Furniture Dye
- Hand Cream
- Nail Polish
- Salad Dressing