Carpets

Tough stains can be easily removed from polypropylene carpets

Maintenance

Maintaining carpets through regular vacuuming, steam cleaning and stain removal has many benefits:

  • Extends the wear layer of the carpet (ground in dirt particles weaken carpet fibres)

  • Provides a fresh, clean look to a room 

  • Makes a room smell better

  • Helps allergy and asthma sufferers by removing germs and dust

NOTE: Carpet runners and mats help prevent dirt being tracked into an area. Pads under desk chairs can prevent ground-in dirt.

Vacuuming

Dirt and grit damage carpets by rubbing against carpet fibres. Carpet brooms can remove surface dirt, but regular vacuuming (manufacturers recommend one day per week per person in the household) prevents deep abrasions that ruin carpets. Emptying the vacuum bag often is vital.

Choose a vacuum with:

  • Dual motors (one motor provides suction while the other powers a beater bar that loosens dirt)

  • Good filtration

  • Correct brush height adjustment for your type of carpet

  • A beater bar or rotating brush which loosens the dirt and grit better than a canister vacuum

  • A top-loading bag instead of a bottom-loading bag 

NOTE: Vacuum brushes can damage some thick loop pile carpets.  Follow the carpet manufacturer's recommendations or use a suction-only vacuum for these carpets.

TIP: Allow an ice cube to melt in indentations left by furniture for the carpet fibers to rise again. 

Cleaning

Carpets should be steam cleaned every 8 months.  This process involves spraying a high-pressure solution of water and detergent over the area, and thereafter vacuuming up the dirty residue.  Refer to the manufacturer's warranty for the recommended steam cleaning method.

Equipment can be hired, or a professional company can complete the job.  The correct procedure for cleaning carpets is as follows:

  1. Vacuuming

  2. Adding detergent and conditioners

  3. Brushing the detergents in

  4. Hot water extraction

  5. Drying

After cleaning make sure not to cover the carpet until it dries thoroughly and therafter vacuum the carpet.
 

Stain Removal

SPOT REMOVAL PROCEDURES

  1. Should the damaged carpet comprise wholly or in part of wool, please contact Flooring Warehouse for cleaning instructions.  Otherwise, it is most important to clean up spills and marks as soon as possible. The best method is to blot up liquids with white paper towels or white absorbent cloths. Scoop up solids with the blunt edge of a knife, a spoon or spatula, working inwards from the edge of the mark. Vacuum all dry goods up.
  2. Never rub, scrub or brush a mark as this will spread it and damage the carpet pile. Take care not to damage the carpet's construction or to overwet the carpet.
    Appropriate dry powders are available from Flooring Warehouse for purchase. These powders are very effective for cleaning general dirt in areas such as main traffic routes. Vanish Carpet Cleaner is recommended for household spills. 
  3. Make sure to remove sticky detergent residues which would promote resoiling.
  4. Deep soiling may require repeated cleaning as marks may return after initial cleaning. Allow the first clean to dry and vacuum well before repeating the procedure.
  5. If repeated treatment is not successful, contact a professional cleaner for assistance.

For old stains, first loosen and remove dirt with a detergent solution such as Vanish Carpet Cleaner, using a clean white cloth and work from the edges inward. Take care to remove all detergent residue with clean water. Then proceed with the recommended treatment.

1. Bleach and Water
Mix a solution of 50% clear household bleach and 50% water in a spray bottle.
Note: Use only clear, pure household bleach containing no additives. Perfumed bleach may be used. Spray the solution directly onto the carpet. Blot the carpet surface using a clean white cloth, working from edges of the stain inwards. Repeat until the stain disappears but do not overwet. Spray with clean water and blot until bleach is removed. Blot off all excessive moisture with white paper towel or a cloth. When completely dry, vacuum to restore pile texture.

2. Pure Acetone
Remove as much of the stain as possible by blotting or scraping up. Apply a small amount of pure acetone to a white cloth. Never apply direct to carpet or overwet. Blot carpet surface, working from edges of the stain to the centre. Repeat until the stain disappears. Blot off all excessive moisture with white paper towel or a cloth. When completely dry, vacuum the area to restore pile texture.

3. Carpet Powders
Procedure exactly the same as number 2, but using powder instead of acetone.

TYPE OF STAIN PROCEDURE TYPE OF STAIN PROCEDURE
Ball point ink
Beer
Beetroot
Blood
Butter
Chocolate
Coffee
Cooldrinks
Cooking oil
Correction fluid
Curry paste
Egg
Engine oil
Fountain pen Ink
Food colouring
Grape juice
Gravy
Grease 
Hair dye
Hot chocolate
Ink (washable)
Iodine
Juices
Lipstick
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1 & 3 
2 & 3 
1
1
3
1
1
1
1
3
1 then 3 
1
1
1
1
3
Marking pen ink
Mascara
Mercurochrome
Milk
Motor oil
Mud
Mustard
Nail polish
Peanut butter
Pencil crayons
Photocopy ink
Red or white wine
Rust
Salad Dressing
Shoe polish
Silver polish
Pasta sauce
Tea
Toilet cleaner
Tomato sauce
Toothpaste
Urine
Vinegar
Wax crayons
1
1
3
1
1
3
1
1
1 then 3 
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2 or 3 
1
2
1
1
2 or 3


(Stain Removal Guide Supplied by Nouwens Carpets)

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