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Caring For Your Carpet

Vacuum

  • Vacuum regularly at least once a week
  • Avoid using vacuum heads with brushes, rotary brushes or bristles
  • Follow the direction of the pile

Protect

  • Keep the rug dry at all times
  • Use curtains or drapes to prevent direct sun exposure
  • Do not place potted plants on the rug
  • Walk on the rug barefooted or with indoor slippers/shoes

Dab

  • Only dab at stains with a sponge
  • Do not rub or scrub

Vacuum

  • Vacuum regularly at least once a week
  • Avoid using vacuum heads with brushes, rotary brushes or bristles
  • Follow the direction of the pile

Protect

  • Keep the rug dry at all times
  • Use curtains or drapes to prevent direct sun exposure
  • Do not place potted plants on the rug
  • Walk on the rug barefooted or with indoor slippers/shoes

Dab

  • Only dab at stains with a sponge
  • Do not rub or scrub

Follow the direction of the nap

  • “Nap” refers to the direction of the carpet pile
  • Use slow, short and deliberate passes

Be careful around the fringes

Either:

  • Fold the fringes under the rug before vacuuming, or
  • Use a low vacuum suction strength, or
  • Brush the fringes lightly instead of vacuuming

If the fringes get stuck in the vacuum head, turn off the vacuum and remove them by hand – do not pull.

Do not use vacuum heads with brushes or bristles

  • The bristles and brushes are usually too aggressive and can prematurely age the rug
Consistency is key

Vacuum Regularly

Vacuuming regularly is perhaps the simplest thing that you can do to improve the lifespan of your rug. Not only does it remove unwanted particles from the rug, but it also fluffs up the rug, restoring its original texture. Unwanted particles come in many forms – dust, dust mites, lint, pet dander, pollen, soil and the list goes on. The rug inevitably ends up holding on to these particles because it acts like a filter – the rug attracts and retains them, preventing them from becoming airborne. Vacuuming your rug is simply cleaning the filter, which is especially important when it comes to allergy causing ones like pet dander, pollen and dust mites.

Moisture: A Carpet's Worst Enemy

Protect from the elements

Beyond vacuuming, protecting your rug from the elements such as the sun, moisture, chairs with wheels and the worst, potted plants, is going to extend the life of your rug significantly. These elements tend to be silent killers that work in the shadows and you don’t realise the damage they’ve wrought until it’s too late. In the long run, it is better (and cheaper) to limit or prevent exposure.

Ensure rug is always dry

  • Blot and dry spills immediately
  • Dry floor thoroughly and completely before placing rug
  • Do not place potted plants on the rug
    • Moisture can seep through the pots and dampen the rug, causing rot

Shield your rug from direct sun exposure

  • This preserves the colours of the rug and prevents fading from the UV rays
  • Use curtains or drapes, or windows with UV filters

Wash professionally every year

  • Avoid leaving the carpet unwashed for more than 2 years
  • Every wash is like annual medical check up for your rug
  • Get your carpet cleaned here

Walk on the rug barefooted or with indoor slippers/shoes

  • This prevents the accumulation of soil and dirt particles in the rug
  • If the rug does see a lot of dirty shoes, wash it professionally more often (every 6 months)

Immediately blot any liquid spills

  • Avoid letting the spill sit on the rug where it might dry, set or be absorbed
  • Use paper towels or clean dry cloths

Dyes can run and bleed across the rug

  • Spot testing is recommended
  • But it can still be inadequate as the colours in a corner of the rug may be different from the stained area
  • Proceed carefully!

Use a fan to dry the washed area

  • Elevate the wet area by placing an object underneath the rug before directing airflow over it
  • Alternatively, place the rug in a dry and well-ventilated area until the rug is completely dry
  • Rugs should always be dried on a flat surface
  • Do not hang the rug up to dry — it can distort the rug’s shape
  • Rugs made with natural fibres must be dried thoroughly
    • Natural fibres rot when damp or wet and can completely ruin the rug

Use a spoon, scraper or similar tool

  • This allows for the removal of the particles from solid and semi-solid stains without pulling at the rug fibres
  • Ensure that the edge is blunt to prevent shaving off the carpet pile
  • Scrape in the direction of the nap, never against it

Recommended cleaning solutions

  • Room temperature water
  • Diluted vinegar solution
  • Diluted detergent solution
  • Do not use chlorinated cleaning solutions, quaternary solutions, oil-based de-foamers and petroleum distillates
  • Full list here

Dab with a sponge soaked in cleaning solution

  • Blot the area with paper towels after dabbing at it
  • Never pour water or cleaning solutions on the rug
  • Do not rub or scrub at the stain
  • Rubbing or scrubbing can damage the rug fibres and/or cause the stain to spread
No scrubbing!

Dab only

Beyond vacuuming, protecting your rug from the elements such as the sun, moisture, chairs with wheels and the worst, potted plants, is going to extend the life of your rug significantly. These elements tend to be silent killers that work in the shadows and you don’t realise the damage they’ve wrought until it’s too late. In the long run, it is better (and cheaper) to limit or prevent exposure.

Stain removal methods

Liquid stains

  1. Soak a clean sponge in vodka or white wine
  2. Squeeze the excess out
  3. Dab the stained area with the sponge
  4. Blot dry with a paper towel
  5. Repeat steps until stain is gone or less obvious
  1. Clean immediately as it greatly improves your chances of removing the stain
  2. Soak a clean sponge in room temperature water
  3. Squeeze the excess out
  4. Dab the stained area with the sponge
  5. Blot dry with a paper towel
  6. Repeat steps until stain is gone or less obvious
  1. Spray soiled area with diluted vinegar solution
  2. Wait 10 minutes
  3. Blot dry
  4. Spray soiled area with diluted detergent solution
  5. Blot dry
  6. Sprinkle baking soda over the soiled area
  7. Leave for 30 minutes
  8. Vacuum thoroughly to remove baking soda
  9. Repeat steps if smell persists
  1. Soak a clean sponge with ≤ 5% hydrogen peroxide solution
  2. Squeeze the excess out
  3. Dab the stained area with the sponge
    • The blood and hydrogen peroxide will react, forming bubbles
  4. Repeat with sponge until there are no bubbles
  5. Spray the area with cold water
  6. Blot dry with a paper towel
  7. Repeat steps until stain is gone or less obvious
  1. Identify the nap of the rug (direction of the pile)
  2. Following the nap, scrape off and remove as much of the solid particles with a scraper or similar tool
  3. Blot the stained area with paper towels, removing as much oil as possible
  4. Pour some neutral oil on a paper towel
  5. Dab the stained area with the oily paper towel
  6. Repeat steps 3 to 5 until stain is gone or less obvious
  7. Spray soiled area with mild soap solution
  8. Soak a clean sponge in room temperature water
  9. Squeeze the excess out
  10. Dab the stained area with the sponge
  11. Blot dry with a paper towel
  12. Repeat steps 7 to 11 until oil is removed

Solid/semi-solid stains

  1. Freeze the gum using ice or dry ice
  2. Break hardened gum
  3. Vacuum up the pieces
  4. Spray with diluted detergent solution
  5. Blot dry
  6. Soak a clean sponge in room temperature water
  7. Dab the stained area with the sponge
  8. Blot dry with a paper towel
  1. Place two to three sheets of white paper over the wax
  2. Carefully place a hot iron over the paper
    • Ensure the iron touches only the paper
  3. The paper should absorb the melted wax
  1. Identify the nap of the rug (direction of the pile)
  2. Following the nap, scrape off and remove as much of the solid particles with a scraper or similar tool
  3. Spray soiled area with diluted vinegar solution
  4. Blot dry
  5. Spray soiled area with diluted detergent solution
  6. Blot dry
  7. Soak a clean sponge in room temperature water
  8. Dab the stained area with the sponge
  9. Blot dry with a paper towel
  10. Repeat steps 3 to 9 until the stain and/or smell is removed or less obvious
  1. Identify the nap of the rug (direction of the pile)
  2. Following the nap, scrape off and remove as much of the solid particles with a scraper or similar tool
  3. Repeat until all the particles have been scraped off
  4. Spray soiled area with diluted vinegar solution
  5. Blot dry
  6. Spray soiled area with diluted detergent solution
  7. Blot dry
  8. Soak a clean sponge in room temperature water
  9. Dab the stained area with the sponge
  10. Blot dry with a paper towel

Cleaning Supplies

Keep these handy because you'll never know when you might need to tackle a stain. Remember to act immediately to increase your chances of successful stain removal!

Vacuum cleaner

With brushless head attachment

Clean sponges

Paper towels

Water

Avoid warm or hot water. Room temperature and cold water are fine.

Vodka

White wine works too!

≤ 5% hydrogen peroxide solution

Diluted vinegar solution

1 part white vinegar, 3 parts water in a spray bottle

Diluted detergent solution

1 part delicates detergent, 20 parts water in a spray bottle

Diluted soap solution

1 part dish soap, 10 parts water in a spray bottle

Baking soda

An iron

Neutral oil

Olive, sunflower and grape seed are great options.

White paper

Scraper

Something with a long blunt edge

Vacuum cleaner

With brushless head attachment

Water

Avoid warm or hot water. Room temperature and cold water are fine.

Clean sponges

One sponge for each cleaning solution is ideal

Paper towels

Vodka

White wine works too!

≤ 5% hydrogen peroxide solution

Diluted vinegar solution

1 part white vinegar, 3 parts water in a spray bottle

Diluted detergent solution

1 part delicates detergent, 20 parts water in a spray bottle

Diluted soap solution

1 part dish soap, 10 parts water in a spray bottle

Baking soda

An iron

White paper

There should be no ink on the paper at all

Neutral oil

Olive, sunflower and grape seed are great options

Scraper

Something with a long blunt edge

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