Our carpet manufacturers provide care and cleaning instructions with their products. please always refer to the manufacturers instructions prior to cleaning your new carpet.
We've put together a general guide below to help you care, clean and maintain your carpet.
There are three basic requirements for caring and cleaning of your carpet.
- Frequent vacuuming
- Periodic professional cleaning
- Prompt cleaning of spills
We all know that vacuuming regularly is important for health reasons as it removes unwanted dust and allergens that have settled on your floor; what you may not know is regular vacuuming is essential to preserving the life of your carpet and preventing premature replacement. Dirt and soil grind at the carpet fibers and permanently damage them, causing your carpet to “ugly out” before it’s time.
Vacuuming twice a week is recommended for the regular kiwi household where there’s high foot traffic, little children moving around at the floor level or pets. Once a week will suffice for quieter homes.
VACUUM CLEANER SPECIFICS
- Plain upright suction vacuum cleaners are great at getting the job done.
- Be careful when using a turbo or revolving head vacuum as they may result in carpet getting a frizzy look (in particular wool carpets or loop/textured/patterned carpets).
- If you are using beater bar or adjustable head vacuums apply the lightest settings.
- For long luscious or shaggier carpets, a specific vacuum cleaner/ vacuum cleaner head attachment, may be required to ‘comb’ through the longer pile with ease.
Vacuuming does the trick day to day but every now and then you’ll need to give your floor a good deep clean. Carpet cleaning companies are popular options as are do-it-yourself machines such as Rug Doctor.
Most carpet manufacturers recommend professional cleaning be carried out once a year and often carpet warranties can be linked to the upkeep of these maintenance routines. The exception is for wool carpets as they should not be professionally cleaned using hot water extraction methods or if needs must, only once in the carpets lifetime. Wool carpet is best spot cleaned with wool specific products such as Cavalier Bremworth Wet or Dry Stain Remover.
As part of your regular carpet maintenance program, it is important to have your carpets ‘re-stretched’ from time to time. Find out the importance of re-stretching carpet and what signs to look for here.
SPOT CLEANING CARPET
The key to spot removal is prompt action.
Do not scrub. Scoop up or blot as much of the spill as possible from the carpet, then continue to blot any residue with a clean white cloth or paper towel, always working from the outer edge of the carpet towards the centre to avoid the spill spreading. Remember, do not scrub.
Sticky residues readily attract soil from ordinary shoe traffic and the resulting discolouration can appear to be stain. If spills aren't cleaned correctly with a detergent solution and if the area is not sufficiently rinsed with clean water, this can also cause the appearance of a stain. It is important to rinse thoroughly with water and blot dry after removing any spill. Wool carpets need to be kept dry.
For example: If you spill soft drink or coffee you have a soiling issue however, the spill can leave sugar residue after removal which attracts dirt from the bottom of shoes resulting in discolouration, giving rise to a staining.