Establishing a regular carpet care & maintenance routine is an important first step in ensuring your carpet has a long wear life and preserving its beauty for years to come!
EASY CARPET CARE
Maintaining the look of your carpet with today’s floor manufacturing technologies has never been easier!
- Vacuum carpeted areas weekly to avoid a build-up of dirt and debris.
- Heavy traffic areas such as hallways, stairs, and exterior entryways, should be vacuumed at least twice a week.
- Do not apply stain-repellent treatments that contain silicone. They are unnecessary and tend to accelerate the soiling of carpets.*
For best results, use a Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) approved vacuum cleaner with an adjustable height beater bar.
*Refer to your carpet’s warranty guidelines for spot & stain removal information.
Be proactive in keeping dirt and soil from entering your home. Doing so will help to keep your carpet looking its best over time.
Place doormats at entrances to your home to help capture dirt, sand, soil, asphalt, and other debris before it is tracked inside. Clean the mats on a regular basis and as needed.
CLEAN AREA RUGS REGULARLY
If you use area rugs on your carpet, it’s important to have them cleaned regularly. Because the color in some rugs may bleed through, check rugs for colorfastness before placing them on the carpet.
MOVING HEAVY FURNITURE
Use protective barriers such as heavy cardboard or plywood placed between the furniture and carpeting to prevent damage to the backing of the carpet. Even if the larger items are on wheels, a barrier should be used to prevent damage to the carpet backing.
Furniture casters help distribute weight and limit indentations. Occasionally moving furniture will help reduce pile crushing and minimize traffic patterns. Be sure to use chair pads for furniture with rollers or casters.
REDUCE PERIODS OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT
Avoid color fading and color loss by protecting your carpet with the use of blinds, shades, and/or awnings.
Before hiring a company, check your manufacturer’s warranty guidelines regarding the cleaning method for your carpet, and ask about their cleaning methods prior to hiring.
Even with a regular vacuuming schedule, a professional carpet cleaning must be performed every 12-18 months. Check the Carpet & Rug Institute website for professionals in your area. Manufacturers require professional cleanings in order to maintain your carpet manufacturer warranty. If there is heavier usage, you may have to clean your carpet professionally cleaned at closer intervals.
Hot water extraction is required to maintain most warranties. Some styles, however, must be cleaned in other ways. Following a professional cleaning allow your carpet to dry completely before replacing rugs.
Before hiring a company, check your manufacturer’s warranty guidelines regarding the cleaning method for your carpet, and ask about their cleaning methods prior to hiring. Use caution with natural fibers such as wool, cotton, silk, and sisal as they may require specialized care.
Lastly, you must retain your professional cleaning receipts for proof of maintenance service. You’ll need this information should a warranty claim arise.
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