to care for your carpets
Thorough vacuuming once a week will prolong the life of your carpet by
removing embedded dirt that can wear fibres. Your vacuum cleaner should
be adjusted for your type of carpet. Clean spills immediately to prevent
spots and stains.
and area rugs are easy to care for. With routine maintenance, you can
retain your carpet’s original appearance for many years.
Tips to add years to your carpet’s life:
- Vacuum heavy traffic areas daily to pick
up surface dirt and lint.
- Clean your carpet each season to remove the oily film that builds
up on carpet fibres.
- Have a professional clean your carpet every year or two to refresh
its appearance and prolong its life.
Removing Carpet Stains
The following lists include most of the common household spills that
can harm your carpet. If you cannot remove the stain, call a professional
carpet cleaner immediately for advice. Some stains require specific chemicals
and procedures best handled by an expert.
Oil-Based Stains – dissolve with a
dry cleaning fluid
(dry cleaning fluid should be applied to a clean cloth, do not pour directly
on your carpet)
Ink, Butter, Cosmetics (except lipstick), Crayon, Food Stains, Grease,
Gum, Household Cement, Metal Polish, Oils, Shoe Polish, Tar, Vaseline,
Water-Based Stains – dissolve
with a mild detergent solution
With some spills
you may need to use a combination of dry cleaner and detergent solutions
to dissolve all the ingredients. First, apply solution # 1 if repeated
applications are ineffective, try the other solution(#2) and repeat until
the stain is removed.
Alcohol, Beer, Bleach, Blood,
Chocolate, Carbon Black, Coffee,
Crepe Paper, Egg, Food Colour,
Fruit Juice, Gelatin, Glue, Grass, Gravy, Ice
Cream, Ketchup, Milk, Mustard,
Permanent Ink, Soft Drinks, Soot,
Water Colours, Wine
- Apply a small amount of a mild detergent
solution to neutralize the acidity of the stain.
- Apply a small amount
of vinegar-water (a mild acid) solution to neutralize the
alkalinity of the stain.
- If you are unsure what
the stain consists of, apply dry cleaning fluid first and blot,
repeating if effective. If this does not work, try the detergent
solution next and blot, repeating as necessary.