Carpet Care Guide
Carpet Stain Removal
- Treatment of the affected area should begin immediately upon discovery. The more time that elapses before treatment, the more difficult a stain will be to remove.
- First scrape the food spill gently with a spoon or dull knife, removing as much as possible.
- Always work from the outer edge of the stain towards the center to avoid spreading. Blot, do not rub or scrub, as the carpet may fuzz.
- Use a mild, clear, non-bleach laundry detergent. Do not use cloudy detergents as they can leave a sticky residue. Use only ¼ teaspoon of detergent to 32 ounces of water. Follow detergent cleaning with clear water rinsing and then blot dry as much as possible.
- For any stain removal, use a white cloth or paper towel for cleanup.
- Most dirt, and even dust, takes the form of hard particles. When left in the carpet, these gritty, sharp particles abrade the pile of the carpet over time. Regular vacuuming not only prolongs the life of the carpet, but will enhance its appearance as well. Most soiling in carpet is of the dry particle type which can be removed with a vacuum cleaner.
- Vacuum high traffic lanes daily, medium to high traffic areas twice weekly, and the entire house at least once a week.
- Use a vacuum with a rotating brush or beater bar. Change the bags often and check the beater bars for burs and gouges so as to not damage the surface of the carpet. Some thick loop pile carpets will fuzz if a rotating brush vacuum is used. In this case, we recommend a suction vacuum only.
- Stop dirt at the door! The use of mats or runners at all home entrances and on uncarpeted areas adjacent to carpet will reduce soil and moisture in traffic areas. Clean mats and rugs placed over carpet regularly.
- Take off your shoes. You can save wear and tear on carpet by asking everyone to take off their shoes before entering your home.
- Change your air filters regularly, as recommended by the manufacturer’s directions. The more dust and particles removed by the filter, the less that fall on your carpet.
- The use of furniture coasters to distribute the weight of heavy items is also recommended, especially for furniture with wheels. Take care when moving furniture with wheels by putting a protective barrier between the wheels and the carpet.
- To extend the beauty of our carpeting, close drapes or blinds during hours of direct sunlight.
- Exercise extreme caution with all bleaches, tile cleaners, mildew removers, oven cleaners, drain openers and even plant food. They contain strong chemicals that can permanently discolor or dissolve carpet fibers.
- Even with regular vacuuming, soil particles and oily dirt will cling to carpet fibers. With foot traffic, these particles and oily dirt are driven deep into the carpet. We recommend professional hot water extraction every 18 to 24 months. Periodic cleaning, using the hot water extraction method performed by a professional cleaner, will refresh carpet appearance.
- The most used areas, such as entrances, doorways, traffic lanes and directly in front of chairs will collect dirt faster than other areas. Clean these areas as they begin to show soil. This will stop dirt from spreading and will extend the time between professional cleaning.
- Malkin’s Flooring carries the manufacturer’s maintenance products so you can be sure when shopping with us to get the right floor care product for your new floor. Stop in and let our friendly, knowledgeable sales staff help you protect your flooring investment.
Basic Rug Care
Rugs deserve the same care as wall-to-wall carpet, and, in some cases, require special attention.
- If your rug is small and the label says “machine washable,” shake the rug outside first and then put it in the washing machine at the recommended temperature. Use warm water and a mild detergent. Tumble your rug dry at the lowest heat setting.
- If your larger rug is easy to pick up, shake it outside first, then put over a clothesline and beat it. Next, take the rug inside and vacuum it.
- Area rugs with fringe require careful handling. Use gentle suction and start from the center of the carpet, vacuuming toward the fringe and being careful not to catch the strands in the beater bar.
- Caring for Oriental, Turkish or Persian rugs: bring in a professional cleaning service, especially for heirloom-type rugs.