Care Guide

Basic Carpet Care Guide

Use Mats/Rugs at all entrances to your home.

Entry mats are a simple, effective way to keep your carpet looking better longer. Think of them as your first line of defense against dirt, grime and other pollutants. By using entry mats and rugs, you can keep yourself and other family members and guests from tracking dirt into your home and onto your carpet. By keeping dirt from getting to your carpet, you reduce the abrasive effect it has on carpet fibers. You not only keep your carpet looking better longer, you prolong its life.

Regular vacuuming

Even with the use of entry mats and rugs, soils and dirt will get to your carpet. Regular vacuuming removes this dirt before it can get heavily embedded into your carpet causing discoloration, matting and premature wear. Soil, dirt and grime wear out your carpet; regular vacuuming doesn't. Up to 80% of the soil and dirt in a carpet is of the dry particle type that vacuuming will remove.

How often should you vacuum?

In areas that get a lot of heavy traffic, daily vacuuming is recommended. Manufacturers recommend making seven passes over each area for maximum effectiveness. For lighter traffic areas, three passes over each area once a week will suffice to combat the dirt and grime.

Which type of vacuum is best?

A vacuum with powerful suction that has a beater bar or rotating brush is best for carpeted areas. Make sure you adjust the vacuum for the height of the carpet. Deep brush agitation may damage loop pile Berber carpet. Also, to make sure your vacuum is operating at its peak efficiency, check the vacuum bag regularly and change it when it reaches half full. Also remember to replace worn belts and brushes according to manufacturer's maintenance requirements.



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Never use an acid cleaner, vinegar, or bleach on natural stone.

Never wax your stone or tile.