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How To


Care For Your Carpet

Soil Tracking Control

Place walk-off grids or mats at the entry points to your home or business.  This will help prevent soil from being tracked from the outside onto the inside carpeting.  Vacuum and/or clean these mats frequently. Once they become loaded with soil, their effectiveness is greatly reduced.

Vacuuming

Vacuum your carpet frequently using a vacuum with a high efficiency collection bag or system.  In high traffic areas, carpet manufacturers recommend you vacuum at least once or twice a week.  Vacuuming removes the sharp and abrasive soil that can cut, scratch, and abrade the fiber causing premature wear.  Particular soiling left in your carpet has sandpaper like effect on the carpet.  Much of this soil is not visible to the eye.  Vacuum before the carpet looks soiled.  Keep your vacuum in good working condition- check belts ad change the collection bag frequently.

Spot and Spill Treatment

Immediate spot removal is the key to a clean carpet.  Great care also must be taken in how spot cleaning is performed.  When carpet is new, or has sufficient protector on it, plain tap water will remove many spots.  However for those spots that will mot move easily with water, you should use a spotting solution from your local cleaning professional.  They have access to spotting solutions which have been formulated by the same companies who make professional cleaning solutions.  These types of spotters have been demonstrated to be more effective, as well as not to leave sticky residue which can cause your carpet to re-soil rapidly.

Most spot removers that are purchased over the counter at your grocery store or home improvement center leave too much sticky residue and cause rapid re-soiling or yellowing.  Avoid using foam carpet cleaners or any product that is not made specifically for carpet.  The longer the spot is allowed to dwell on the carpet, the more chance there is of permanent discoloration.

Blot up any excess spill.  Apply spot cleaner sparingly to white cotton towel and gently massage spot causing it to transfer into the cloth.  Never pour spot cleaner directly on carpet.  Blot area with water.  If the spot persists, consult your professional carpet cleaner.  Some spots and spills require the professional equipment, cleaning solutions, and skills of a professional.  Repeated attempts to remove the spot may set the stain or cause permanent damage.

Periodic Professional Cleaning

As a general rule for residential carpeting, cleaning by a professional, trained, certified firm should take place about once per year.  For extremely heavy traffic areas, homes with pets, and homes with people with allergic sensitivities, more frequent cleaning is recommended. Proper professional cleaning will not leave a sticky residue behind and can be done as many times per year as needed.  Professional cleaning with truck mounted or high performance hot water extraction cleaning is the method most often recommended by cleaning industry experts and carpet manufacturers.  Professional cleaning removes the damaging soil from the traffic areas that vacuuming has not been able to remove.

For commercial carpeting, periodic professional cleaning with hot water extraction may need to be combined with interim low moisture encapsulation cleaning for maximum carpet appearance and performance.  The frequency of cleaning will depend on the amount and types of soiling, the traffic load on the carpeting, carpet owner considerations, budget considerations and other indoor and outdoor environmental conditions.

Protective Treatments

Residential carpets are treated with stain and soil resistant treatments when they are manufactured.  these protective treatments will wear and traffic off over a period of time.  After a period of 1 to 2 years, carpet manufacturers recommend the re-application of a protective treatment.  Your carpet protector should provide your carpet with additional soil resistance for water and oil based spills and soiling, as well as protective barriers which prevent spilled liquids from staining your carpet.  The soil resistance will help the soil slide off the carpet easier when vacuuming, spots will be easier to remove, and professional cleaning will be more effective.

Warranties

Copies of specific warranties on your carpet purchase may be available from your carpet retailer.  Your carpet's stain and soil resistant warranty, wear warranty, and texture retention warranty most likely requires periodic (at least every 12-18 months) professional hot water extraction cleaning by a trained certified professional cleaner.  Many warranties on your carpet provide coverage for five years or longer if your carpet is maintained according to the manufacturer's directions.

 

 


Remove Paint from Carpet

  Paint ends up on carpet through a variety of means- some as innocent as a slight drip while painting, other from more disastrous spills.  One of the first things you must be willing to accept is the responsibility to analyze is whether or not even trying to remove a large paint spill is worth the time and effort, particularly if it is already dried.  Repeated spotting attempts using solvents may often lead to more paint being transferred onto spotting towles, but is it really ever going to all come out?  The second thing you have to avoid is the temptation to use whatever the hardware or home improvement store sells for paint clean-up, such as turpentine or acetone or methylene chloride, and figure that might be the best way to remove a large paint spill.  The carpet is not going to be better off with less paint in it, but having completely delaminated by a harsh solvent.  The use of a professional spotting gel will allow you to use an effective blend of solvents and emulsifiers on the paint itself, but it will not quickly soak down into the carpet to dissolve the latex that holds the carpet together like a liquid might.

Here are some proven procedures for removing paint from carpet:

1. Consider practicality of treating spill. Removing paint may be possible, but often not without severe damage to carpet an delamination.

2. If paint is still wet, keep it damp until you can begin working on it.

3. Remove as much of the material as possible using scraper.

4. Apply spotting agent to spill.

5. Agitate with spatula.

6. Using tamping action to force spilled material into clean, white, cotton, colorfast towel.

7. Repeat steps 4-6 so long as progress is being made.

8. Extract with hot water.

 


 Remove Chocolate Stain from Carpet

1. Remove as much of the excess material as possible.

2. Apply a srot treatment to the spot and let it sit for 2-3 minutes.

3. Extract the are with hot water or blot the spot with an absorbent towel and very hot water. 

4.Repeat application if necessary.

 

 


 Remove Popcorn Balls from Carpet

1. Use a spatula to remove as much of the material as possible before applying any solution or water to affected area.

2. Extract the area with warm water or blot the area with a colorfast towel moistened with warm water.

3. Apply a spotter to the area and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes.  Agitate with spatula.

4. Extract the area with warm water or blot the spot with an absorbent towel and warm water.

5. Repeat application if necessary.


Remove Colored Hard Candy From Carpet

1. Use a spatula to remove as much of the material as possible before applying any solution or water to the affested area.

2. Extract the area with warm water or blot the area with a colorfast towel moistened with warm water.

3. Apply spotter to the spot and allow to dwell for 2-3 minutes. Agitate in with spatula.

4. Extract the area with warm water or blot the spot with absorbent towel and warm water.

5. Repeat application if necessary.


Remove Color Transfer from Costumes and Decorations

1. Often times, moisture and water cause unstable dyes and colors to transfer from costumesand decorations to carpet and upholstery.

2. Extract the area with warm water or blot the area with a colorfast towel moistened with warm water.

3. Apply a spotter to the spot and allow to set for 2-3 minutes. Agitate with a spatula.

4 Extract the area with warm water or blot the spot with an absorbent towel and warm water.

5. Repeat application if necessary.


Remove Face Paint and Costume Make-Up from Carpet

1. Remove as much of the staining material as possible dry.  This can be accomplished with a spatula or the edge of a spoon, and vacuuming.

2. Apply a spotter around the outside of the affected area. This will keep the material from spreading as it dissolves.

3. Apply spotter gel to affected area.

4.  Agitate area with a spatula.

5. Tamp area with tamping brush forcing material into clean, white colorfast , cotton towel.

6. Repeat steps 2-4 so long as material keeps transferring into towel.

7. Thoroughly extract area.

 


Remove Marshmallow/Krispy Cereal Treats from Carpet

1. Use spatula to remove as much of the material as possible before applying any solution or water to the affected area.

2. Extract the area with hot water or blot the area with a colorfast towel moistened with hot water.

3. Apply spotter to the spot and allow to dwell 2-3 minutes.  Agitate in with spatula.

4. Extract the area with hot water or blot the spot with absorbent towel and hot water.


Remove Aple Cider (Spiced, Hot or Cold) from Carpet

1. Blot as much of the liquid spill up as you can with a clean, colorfast cotton towel, or extra the area.

2. Apply a spotter to the spot and allow to dwell for 2-3 minutes. Agitate in with a spatula.

3. Extract the area with hot water or blot the spot with absorbent towel and very hot water.

4. Repeat application if necessary.


Remove Candy Corn from Carpet

1. Remove as much of the excess material as possible using a spatula.

2. Apply a spotter to the spot and allow to dwell 2-3 minutes.  Agitate in with spatula.

3. Extract the area with very hot water or blot the spot with absorbent towel and very hot water.

4. Repeat application if necessary.


Remove Carmel Apples and Carmel Candy from Carpet

1. Remove as much of the excess material as possible using a spatula.

2. Apply a spotter to the spot and allow to dwell for 2-3 minutes.  Agitate in with spatula.

3. Extract the area with very hot water or blot the spot with absorbent towel and very hot water.

4. Repeat application if necessary.


Remove Cotton Candy from Carpet and Upholstery

1. Remove as much of the sticky stuff as you can dry with spatula.

2. Dry vacuum the area just using the vac hose from your spotting machine or extractor.

3. Apply spotter sparingly over the sticky, gooey mess.

4. Agitate the spotter with spatula and allow to dwell 1-2 minutes.

5. Extract the area thoroughly with hot or warm water.  In absence of extractor, blot the area with a clean white cotton towel and hot water.


Remove Cracked and Split Eggs from Carpet

1. Using spatula or the edge of a spoon, break up and remove as much of the deposit as possible.

2. Rinse and extract the area with multiple, slow extraction passes.  Use cool water for raw egg spill.

3. Apply spotter generously to the affected area.

4. Agitate with spatula.

5. allow to dwell 2-3 minutes.

6. Rinse and extract area thoroughly.

7. Repeat steps 3 through 6 until spot os cpmpletely removed.