Care And Cleaning Tips: Carpet

ProSource | 3/10/2016 | Product Information

Now that you have that beautiful carpet flooring installed, let’s discuss the best way to keep it looking new and fresh.

Carpet Care

For ideal carpet maintenance, you will need to vacuum your heavy traffic areas, such as hallways, stairs, and exterior entryways at least twice a week. Vacuum less heavily used areas weekly. For best results, use a vacuum cleaner with a beater bar or rotating brush and with a strong enough airflow to penetrate to the carpet backing. (See manufacturer’s warranty for more details on cleaning)

Carpet with thick loop pile construction, particularly wool and wool blend styles, may be sensitive to brushing or rubbing of the pile surface and may become fuzzy. For these products, and those styles with a combination thick or thin or cable yarn, a suction-only vacuum is recommended for the best carpet maintenance. If that is not available, use a vacuum with an adjustable brush lifted away from the carpet so it does not agitate the pile. A vacuum with a beater bar or rotating brush should be tested for excessive fuzzing in an inconspicuous location before regular use.

We do not recommend a vacuum brand. There are brands that offer adjustable beater bars or even a feature to turn the beater bar off in some cases. The Carpet and Rug Institute also offers information and ratings of vacuums to provide the best new carpet care.

Most dry soil has razor-like edges that abrade carpet fibers, causing light to reflect differently and give carpet a dull appearance. Soil can damage the fibers permanently if allowed to remain in the pile. A regular carpet maintenance program as well as proper carpet cleaning methods will keep your carpet beautiful for a long time.

Cleaning Tips

No matter how often you vacuum, your carpet will still need heavy-duty cleaning from time to time. Professional carpet care and cleaning is required to maintain your warranty. See your warranty for details about which cleaning method is best for your particular carpet. Hot water extraction carpet care, either alone or in combination with cleaning, is required to maintain most warranties. (See manufacturer’s warranty for more details on cleaning)

Some styles, however, must be cleaned in other ways. Be sure to check for the recommended cleaning method for your particular carpet. A trained carpet care professional should perform this service at least every 12-15 months to refresh the texture and rejuvenate the fibers in your carpet. Have the cleaning professionals come to your home for a visual inspection, and obtain a written agreement before the work is started. You must retain your receipts for proof of maintenance service should a warranty claim arise.

When you and your carpet cleaning professional choose a cleaning method, fiber content is the most important concern. Most carpet today is constructed with synthetic fibers such as nylon, polyester, or olefin and may be cleaned with most cleaning methods. Natural fibers such as wool, cotton, silk, and sisal may require specialized care. Use a cleaning method recommended by the carpet manufacturer to maintain their warranty, and if you should have any questions or concerns about your new carpet care, always review your manufacturer’s warranty.

Professional Cleaning

Be sure to have your new carpeting professionally cleaned every 12-15 months – this will not only extend the wear of your carpet, but is a must to uphold the Manufacturer’s Warranty. Also, please be aware that use of a home carpet cleaner will VOID most all manufacturers’ warranties.  Please check you warranty for full details.

Maintenance And Warranties

Please see your manufacturer’s warranty for more information and maintenance guidelines. Performance and/or warranty of flooring can be sacrificed or voided if not installed to manufacturer’s instructions and industry standards.  For further information on industry standards and guidelines please visit http://www.wfca.org/.

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