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Carpet Care

 

Three steps for proper carpet care

 

Carpet cleaning is just like exercise! If you get into a routine and keep it up, you will see great results and feel better for it. And understanding the right way to clean carpet will help you save time by doing it correctly the first time with products that do the job right from the start. Not only will Seal of Approval cleaning products help keep your carpet looking great, they can also help meet the warranty requirements of the carpet manufacturer. Below are three simple steps to keeping your carpet clean and looking great:

 

1. Vacuum at the right frequency with a CRI-approved vacuum.

 

2. Clean spots and spills quickly with products that do not damage the carpet or cause it to re-soil more quickly.

 

3. Professionally deep clean your carpets every 12 to 18 months to remove embedded dirt and grime.

 

Stop dirt at the door!

 

Preventing dirt and grime from getting on the carpet in the first place is a great way to start keeping it clean. The following helpful hints can stop dirt in its tracks.

 

Use mats — Outdoor and indoor mats or runners can reduce the amount of dirt that enters the house.

 

Take off your shoes — You can save wear and tear on carpet by asking everyone to take their shoes off before entering your home.

 

Change your air filters — Change air filters in your heating and air-conditioning systems as recommended by the manufacturer’s directions. The more dust and particles removed by the filter, the fewer that fall onto the carpet.

 

Spot Removal Steps

 

Act Quickly! Most carpet available today has been treated with a stain-resist treatment, so many spills can be removed if immediate action is taken. The longer the delay, the higher the probability of a spill becoming a permanent stain. Remember, staining is influenced by many factors, and no carpet is completely stain proof.

 

Blot liquids with a dry, white, absorbent cloth or or white paper toweling (no printing).

 

Do not scrub the area! Scrubbing may cause pile distortion in the affected area. Continue to use a dry cloth or paper towels until the area is completely dry. For semi-solids, gently scrape up with a rounded spoon. Solids should be broken up and vacuumed until completely removed. If the spot can be identified, locate the substance in the spot removal computer and follow the directions carefully.

 

Pretest any spot removal agent in an inconspicuous area to be certain the solution will not damage the fiber or the dye. After applying several drops to the testing area, hold a white cloth on the wet area for 10 seconds. Examine the carpet and cloth for color transfer, color change, or damage to the carpet. If a change occurs, another cleaning solution should be selected.

 

Apply a small amount of the selected cleaning solution to a white cloth and work in gently.

 

Work from the edges of the spill to the center to prevent the spill from spreading. Do not scrub! Blot in order to absorb as much as possible, and repeat if necessary.

 

Continue using the first cleaning solution as long as there is a transfer of the spill to the cloth. It is not necessary to use all of the cleaning solutions if the first solution removes the spill.

 

Be patient! Complete removal of the spill may require repeating the same step several times. After the spill has been completely removed, rinse the affected area thoroughly with cold water, and blot with a dry cloth until all of the solution has been removed. Some cleaning solutions will cause rapid soiling if the solution is not completely removed. Apply a one-half inch layer of white paper towels to the affected area, and weigh down with a flat, heavy object. Continue to change paper towels as needed.

 

A dry, absorbent, cleaning compound may be used as a substitute to accelerate drying time. For more detailed information on a specific spill, please search on the pull-down menu at right. Many fiber manufacturers provide a toll-free cleaning assistance and advice (consult your warranty).

 

Wool Wisdom

 

One of the most crucial areas of carpet maintenance is removal of spots and spills. Acting quickly when anything is dropped or spilled, and always having the necessary cleaning materials at hand are of the utmost importance. We recommend a “WoolClean Spot Removal Kit,” which can be purchased from a Wools of New Zealand Partner Retailer. Call 800-367-0462 or check the Wools website at www.woolsnz.com for the Partner Retailer nearest you.

 

Frequent vacuuming is a wool carpet’s best friend.

 

An upright vacuum with a beater bar/brush is the best type for cut pile carpet. A suction-only vacuum may be required for loop pile Berber carpets to prevent excessive fuzzing.

 

Vacuum cleaner dust bag should be emptied when half full.

 

Exercise prevention maintenance by placing absorbent mats at the most frequently used entrances to your home. Change or launder when these mats become dirty. Filters in your heating and air conditioning systems should be changed regularly.

 

Periodically clean traffic lanes and the areas in front of frequently used chairs with an absorbent powder (such as Host®, Dri-Matic® or Capture®).

 

Keep absorbent cloth or paper towels and cleaning solutions on hand for quick response to spills and accidents.

 

DO NOT apply stain repellent treatments which contain any silicone as they tend to accelerate carpet soiling.(Some carpet manufacturers do not accept responsibility for complaints where such treatments have been used.) When having your wool carpet professionally cleaned, use a “WoolCare Specialist” certified by Restoration Industry Association.

 

 

How to Remove 23 common stains

 

General Directions:

 

1. Treat a spill or stain immediately!

 

2. Remove excess materials by blotting with a clean white absorbent material or by scraping with a dull edge knife or ruler.

 

3. Over Wet. Prior to application, test removal agent in an inconspicuous place. If it doesn't discolor then proceed with the removal of the spot or stain.

 

4. After carpet dries, gently brush the pile of the carpet to restore the texture.

 

5. Some stains require professional treatment. Randy's Carpet and Upholstery care can be reached at 573-7333.

 

Some common spotting solutions:

 

CAUTION: Before trying any of these spotting solutions be sure of the effect it will have on your carpet. Try testing it on an inconspicuous portion of your carpet or better yet on an extra piece. These are suggestions only and are provided for informational purposes, results may vary. Randy's Carpet Care & Upholstery is not liable for misapplication or damage due to improper application or use. Most of these chemicals can be POISONOUS or HARMFUL, do not use if you are underage or if you are unsure of your reaction to any of the listed chemicals. Seek immediate medical treatment if you have any adverse reactions. If you are not sure of the results we urge you to call us, or your local carpet cleaner for further information and treatment of your carpet.

 

Ammonia Solution: Mix one tablespoon of clean household ammonia with one-half cup of water.

 

Bleach: Use hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate, present in Snowy or Clorox II. DO NOT use chlorine bleach.

 

Detergent Solution: Mix one teaspoonful of a colorless, mild detergent or dish washing liquid in a cup of lukewarm water

 

Dry-Cleaning Solvent: Volatile dry spotter of a commercial spotter such as Carbona, Energine, K2R. Use in small amounts...can be harmful to sizings, backings or stuffing material. DO NOT use gasoline, lighter fluid or carbon tetrachloride.

 

Enzyme Detergent: Mix a solution of enzyme detergent following the directions on the label. DO NOT SOAK. Allow the solution to remain on the stain for the recommended length of time before removing.

 

POG: Paint, oil and grease remover, available in hardware stores.

 

Vinegar Solution: Mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water.

 

 

STAINS and the SOLUTIONS

 

Blood:

 

1.Apply cool detergent solution, blot.

2.Apply cool ammonia solution, blot.

3.Apply enzyme detergent, blot.

4.Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

5.If stain remains, apply rust remover or oxalic acid solution.

6.Bleaching with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide may be necessary.

 

Butter and Margarine:

 

1.Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.

2.Apply detergent solution, blot until dry.

3.Apply vinegar solution, blot.

4.Rinse with water, blot until dry.

 

Candle Wax:

 

1.Scrape off as much as possible with spatula or dull knife.

2.Apply dry-cleaning solvent.

3.Apply POG, blot.

4.Apply dry cleaning solvent, blot.

 

Ketchup & Tomato Sauce

 

1.Apply cool detergent solution, blot.

2.Apply ammonia solution, blot.

3.Apply enzyme detergent, blot.

4.If stain remains, bleach with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate.

5.Rinse thoroughly with water, blot dry.

 

Chocolate:

 

1.Scrape off as much as possible with spatula or dull knife.

2.Apply cool detergent solution, blot.

3.Apply ammonia solution, blot.

4.Apply vinegar solution, blot.

5.Apply enzyme detergent, blot.

6.Rinse thoroughly with water and blot until dry.

 

Coffee:

 

1.Apply detergent solution, blotting frequently.

2.Apply vinegar solution, blot.

3.Cover with dry towels until dry

 

Crayons:

 

1.Apply dry-cleaning solvent.

2.Apply POG, blot.

3.Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.

4.Apply detergent solution, blot.

5.Rinse with water, blot until dry.

 

Food Coloring:

 

1.Apply detergent solution, blotting frequently. A dried stain will probably spread when wet.

2.Repeat step 1 until color is no longer transferred to the towel.

3.Apply ammonia solution, blot.

4.Rinse thoroughly with water and blot until dry.

 

Furniture Stain:

 

1.Apply dry-cleaning solvent.

2.Apply POG, blot.

3.Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.

4.Apply detergent solution, blot

5.Rinse with water, blot until dry. This stain is almost impossible to remove completely.

 

Grass:

 

1.Apply amyl acetate if available to chlorophyll, blot.

2.Apply enzyme detergent, blot

3.Rinse with water, blot.

4.Apply ammonia solution, blot.

5.Apply vinegar solution, blot.

6.rinse with water, blot dry. Bleaching (or professional stripping) may be necessary.

 

Ink (Ballpoint):

 

1.Apply dry-cleaning solvent.

2.Apply POG blot.

3.If stain remains, apply rust remover or oxalic acid solution.

 

Ink (India):

 

1.Apply dry-cleaning solvent.

2.Apply POG, blot.

3.Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.

4.Apply detergent solution, blot.

5.Apply ammonia solution, blot.

6.Rinse with water, blot until dry.

 

Jam & Jelly:

 

1.Apply detergent solution, blot.

2.Apply vinegar solution, blot

3.Rinse with water, blot.

4.Apply enzyme detergent, blot.

5.Rinse with water, blot until dry.

 

Lipstick:

 

1.Scrape of excess with spatula or dull knife.

2.Apply POG, blot, making sure not to reapply stain onto fabric.

3.Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.

4.Apply detergent, blot.

5.Apply ammonia solution, blot.

6.Apply vinegar solution, blot

7.Rinse with water, blot until dry. Try to avoid wet cleaning on wool. Use POG and dry-cleaning solvent as long as possible.

 

Mildew:

 

1.Apply enzyme detergent, blot.

2.Apply ammonia solution, blot.

3.Rinse thoroughly with water, blot.

4.Apply solution of oxidizing bleach (chlorine or perborate). Do not use chlorine bleach on wool or silk.

5.Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

 

Mud:

 

1.Brush or scrape off as much as possible.

2.Apply detergent solution, blot

3.Apply ammonia solution, blot

4.Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

5.If stain remains, apply POG and dry-cleaning solvent alternately, blot until dry.

 

Mustard:

 

1.Apply detergent solution, blot.

2.Apply vinegar solution, blot.

3.Apply enzyme detergent, blot.

4.If stain remains, rust remover (oxalic acid solution) or bleaching may be necessary. Do not use ammonia or alkalies.

 

Nail Polish:

 

1.Apply dry-cleaning solvent.

2.Apply amyl acetate if available, or nail polish remover – Pretest First.

3.If stain remains, apply detergent solution, blot until dry.

4.Apply ammonia solution, blot.

5.Apply vinegar solution, blot.

6.Rinse with water, blot until dry.

 

Paint (Oil):

 

1.Apply detergent solution, blot.

2.Apply ammonia solution, blot

3.rinse with water, blot until dry.

4.Apply POG, blot.

5.Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.

 

Paint (Water):

 

1.Check label on paint or specific thinner or solvent, OR. Apply dry-cleaning solvent.

2.Apply POG, blot.

3.Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.

4.Alternate steps 2 and 3 until stain is removed.

5.If stain persists, weight down the stain with towels dampened with dry-cleaning for several hours to loosen, blot with solvent.

6.Apply several drops of detergent solution and work into the stain, blot.

7.Apply ammonia solution, blot

8.Alternate steps 2, 3 and 6 until stain is removed.

9.Rinse thoroughly with warm water, blot until dry.

 

Shoe Polish:

 

1.Apply dry-cleaning solvent.

2.Apply POG, blot.

3.Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.

4.Apply detergent solution, blot.

5.Apply ammonia solution, blot.

6.Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

7.If stain persists, bleaching (or professional stripping) may be necessary.

 

Urine:

 

1.Blot up as much as possible is still wet.

2.Apply detergent solution,blot.

3.Apply ammonia solution, blot.

4.Apply vinegar solution, blot

5.Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

6.If stain remains, apply rust remover or oxalic acid solution.

7.Bleaching with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate might be necessary. Urine stains may cause permanent dye removal from fibers.

 

Vomit:

 

1.Blot up as much as possible.

2.Apply enzyme detergent, blot.

3.Apply ammonia solution, blot.

4.Apply vinegar solution, blot.

5.Rinse with water, blot until dry.

 

Wine:

 

1.Apply detergent solution, blot.

2.Apply vinegar solution, blot.

3.Apply ammonia solution, blot.

4.If necessary, bleach with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate.

5.Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

 

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