Carpet, upholestry and rugs are accessories in your home that not only excentuate your decor, but provide personality to a house. These accessories can lost well over 20 years if they are cared for properly.
While today's carpets are designed to hide soil and even repel it, this does not make them impervious to stains and wear and tear caused by dirt hidden deep in the fibers. Carpet fibers can trap dirt, dust, bacteria, and other pollutants. Over time, this can not only lead to matting and general deterioration of your carpet or orug, but also lead to disease, allergies, and asthma. The key to preventing these pollutants from settling deep within the carpet fibers is to vacuum carpets, rugs, and upholestry regularly. Vacuuming regularly will rid carpets and rugs of surface dirt and thus prevent more dirt from settling deep within the carpet fibers.
Here are some other benefits of regular and frequent vacuuming:
- The life of your carpet will be extended.
- Clean carpet will give a room a clean, fresh look.
- Clean carpet will leave a room smelling better.
- It will eliminate dust and particles that can cause/bring out allergies and asthma in people
- Guests will feel more comfortable and welcome in your home.
However, regardless of frequent vacuuming, small amounts of dirt and soil will escape your attention and settle deep within the carpet pile. It suggested that you get your carpet professionally cleaned at least once per year. Carpet manufacturers are even starting to make annual professional cleaning a condition of their warranties.
Rug Cleaning Tips
Rugs can be handed down from generation to generation if they are cared for properly. There are a variety of rugs and some are extremely delicate and fragile. The tips below are general guidelines for cleaning and protecting your rug. If your cleaning needs are a little more complex than general maintenance, then you should contact a rug cleaning professional for advice. FURNITURE CLEANING has several rug professionals on hand to help answer any questions you may have.
- Rotate your rug periodically for even wear.
- Vacuum on a regular basis. Be careful of fringe and the height of the beater bar. Consider not using the beater bar.
- Use a quality pad or cushion to allow for cleaning and prevent slippage
When stains occur, dilute with water. Do not soak the area. Work quickly; do not allow
stains to set. Blot from the edge of the spill towards the center using a clean
white paper towel or cloth. Avoid as much as possible rubbing the area or
pushing the stain further into the pile.
For semi-solid or solid spills use a spoon to scoop up as much as possible.
Allow to air dry or dry with a fan or hair dryer. Avoid excess heat if a hair
dryer is used. Once the area is dry, lightly brush the pile to restore its
texture. You never know when a spill will occur. To expedite the clean-up
please consider keeping the following items in a small kit for this purpose:
- Clean white cloth
- A soft bristle brush, like a clothes brush
- Mild detergent, it must not contain bleach or alkaline
- White vinegar
- Dry cleaning fluid
- Weak ammonia
- Clean sponge
Upholstery Cleaning Tips
Furniture is made to endure regular use, however, it still requires adequate care to maintain its beauty and luster for many years. With proper care, your upholstered bedroom, living room, or dining room furniture can provide you with many years of splendid use. Below are some general tips on maintaining and properly caring for your upholstered furniture.
- To avoid fading, keep upholstered furniture away from direct sunlight.
- Vacuum upholstered furniture as often as possible. Even if your home furniture
has seen little use, the abrasive action of dirt and dust particles can wear the
fibers of your upholstery fabric. For high-use furniture, it's a good idea to
frequently beat the cushions and then vacuum and rotate them.
- Damp-dust arms and headrest areas with a cleaning solution to prevent body oil
accumulation on the upholstery fabric (be sure to follow the manufacturer's
recommendation as to the type of Upholstery Cleaning solution to use)
- Avoid placing newspapers directly on home furniture upholstery fabric, since
ink will accumulate and is difficult to remove.
- Never cover your upholstered home furniture with dark-colored blankets, sheets,
etc., because the dyes can rub off onto fabric when dry or bleed when wet.
- Avoid the use of dyes, paints, inks, nail polishes, and Mercurochrome around
your upholstery fabric, since these substances alter color and will stain.
- Never remove cushion covers for dry cleaning or machine washing, even though
they have zippers.
- Periodic professional cleaning will keep soil accumulation from marring the
beauty of the upholstery of your home living room, dining room, and bedroom furniture.
General Spills for all carpet, upholstery and rugs
Spills are always a big problem from households, especially if you have children and pets. Below is a general guide to handling spills. Remember that it is imperative that you always do a test of any chemical you plan to use on an inconspicuous corner of the rug, carpet, or upholstery. Always follow manufacturer guidelines if provided.
- Act quickly before a spill spreads or dries.
- For liquid spills:
Blot lightly with a dry paper towel to start. Increase pressure and use a fresh paper
towel until no more liquid is absorbed. DO NOT RUB! If residue remains, see the stain
removal guide below.
- For solid or semi-solid spills (such as foods):
Gently lift the substance from the upholstery with a spoon or dull knife, scraping
carefully toward the center of the spill. Treat any wet residue as a liquid spill.
If residue remains, see the stain removal guide below.
- For dry spills (such as ashes or dry cosmetics):
Adding any liquid to a normally dry substance, such as ashes, may cause a permanent
stain. Vacuum, beat the area with a ruler or similar implement, vacuum again, and then
use the adhesive side of masking tape to remove any residue. If residue remains, see the
stain removal guide below.
- Check the manufacturer's label for any cleaning instructions and/or fabric cleaning code.
- The following are the standard fabric cleaning codes used by furniture manufacturers.
Use these codes to determine what types of cleaning methods are appropriate for your fabric:
W = Use water-based cleaning agent
S = use mild (water-free) cleaning solvent
WS = Use water-based cleaning agent, or use mild (water-free) cleaning solvent
X = Clean ONLY by vacuuming or light brushing
- Always test water or a cleaning agent by applying to the same upholstery fabric on
a hidden area of the upholstered piece. Allow to dry completely, and then check its
effect on the fabric.
- Apply water or a cleaning agent (as recommended in the stain removal guide) in small
doses to avoid spreading the stain or causing a ring. Be patient; apply several times,
blotting firmly with a dry paper towel to soak up the liquid after each application.
- Never rub a fabric; rubbing could result in damage to the nap, loss of color, or
spreading of the stain.
- Restore the nap on velvet by brushing gently before it dries.
- To avoid water spotting, use a fan or cool blow dryer (on a cool setting) to accelerate
drying. Dry from the outer edge of the affected area toward the center.
- If the stain persists, seek professional cleaning assistance.