Carpet Care

  • Vacuum carpet weekly. Heavy-traffic areas should be vacuumed daily if possible.
  • Have your carpet professionally cleaned every 12–18 months. Professional cleaning is the best way to go, but you can also take care of this yourself by renting or purchasing a steam cleaner.
  • Clip any “sprouting” or loose fibers that stick out above the rest to even them out. Never pull on these fibers, as this will permanently damage the carpet.
  • Watch for rippling, or waves, in your carpet. This commonly happens during periods of high and low humidity. Even properly installed carpet may ripple. If rippling becomes an inconvenience, your carpet can be re-stretched.
  • Absorb wet spills as quickly as possible by blotting repeatedly with white paper or white cloth towels. Never rub or scrub the surface abrasively, or a fuzzy area may result. When blotting, work from the outer edge toward the center to avoid spreading.
  • Rinse the cleaned carpet area with water. Soak up any excess moisture by placing a dry cloth towel over the area and weighting it down with a heavy object.
Use these solutions and removers to assist you with your carpet care:
  • Detergent Solution: Mix a mild liquid (clear, non-bleach) detergent with water (1/4 teaspoon to 32 ounces of water). Use on stains such as beer/alcoholic beverages, berries, blood, chocolate, coffee, colas, cosmetics, de-icers, pet stains, food dyes, furniture polish, glue, gravy, dairy, washable ink, mud, mustard, wet paint and tea.
  • Vinegar Solution: Mix 1 part white vinegar with 1 part water.
  • Ammonia Solution: Mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with 1 cup of water. Use it for stains such as blood, wine, chocolate and coffee. Don’t use it on wool/wool-blended carpets.
  • Non-oily nail-polish remover
  • Chewing-gum remover
  • Spot remover such as Carbona™ or Energine®. Use it for wax, butter, asphalt, chewing gum, crayon, grease, ink, lipstick, dry or oil-based paint, and shoe polish.
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