Use our handy carpet after care guide to pick up tips and advice on caring for your carpet and helping to extend its life by keeping it in the best condition possible.
New carpet should always be vacuumed. The pile may shed the small fibre ends that work loose after the manufacturing process during the first few months of use and this is nothing to worry about. A vacuum cleaner fitted with a beater bar and/or brushes is recommended for cut pile carpets (that do not have loops). A suction cleaner without a beater bar or brushes is best for loop pile carpets. If a piece of the carpet fibre stands proud above the surface, it should be trimmed to the level of the other tufts. It should not be pulled out.
There may be a slight odour after a new carpet is fitted. This may be caused by the carpet, the underlay or any adhesives which have been used. Ideally, the room should be ventilated by opening windows and doors and the odour will normally disappear within a few days.
Reducing colour fade in your carpet
You should use blinds or curtains to protect your carpet from sustained direct sunlight, as this can cause colours to fade.
Tufts in carpet pile
When a cut pile carpet is new, all the tufts point in the same direction. After the carpet has been used, the angle of the tufts can change. This will create slight colour changes in areas of the carpet, known as “shading”, but again this is nothing to worry about. Wool carpets usually fade within the first few weeks. This is due to the effect of ultraviolet light and occurs even if the carpet is not in direct sunlight.
Cleaning and Repairing your carpet
Regular vacuuming will help to prevent dirt and grit from getting into the carpet fibres and also help to keep the tufts upright. Placing doormats at all of the entrances to a home will help to trap dirt and moisture. The doormats should be cleaned regularly.
If you clean a carpet yourself, it is essential that no residue is left when you have finished. Any residue left will accelerate the rate at which the carpet becomes dirty again.
Carpet Spills and Stains
The key is to act quickly; preferably as soon as they occur! The quicker action is taken the greater chance of avoiding a permanent stain.
- A clean, white cloth kitchen towel or tissues should be used
- Stains should be blotted rather than rubbed. It is very important not to rub the pile because this will permanently change its appearance.
- The stain should be worked from the outside in to avoid it spreading
- The pile should be brushed up to help the carpet retain its appearance as it dries
- Any proprietary cleaning agents should be applied to a cloth and not directly to a carpet. If a cleaning agent is used then the area should be rinsed with clean water but care must be taken not to over wet the carpet
Cleaning Polypropylene Carpets
Particularly difficult stains can be removed from polypropylene carpets only using a solution of 50% bleach/50% tap water. This method can only be used on carpets made from polypropylene; if in doubt check with your local Carpetright store.
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