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Caring For Your Carpet

Regular vacuuming

Once carpet is laid it should be lightly and frequently vacuumed for the first week. This will remove lint, dust and fluff.

Vacuuming should continue at least weekly after that to remove soil and dirt. Quickly removing soil will reduce abrasive forces on the pile fibre. For heavy traffic areas, slow repeated vacuum strokes over the same area of carpet may be necessary. Always vacuum against the natural direction of the pile to help remove dirt. When finishing, vacuum in the direction of the pile to achieve a uniform finish.

Vacuum cleaners and carpet

There are two major types of vacuum cleaners: barrel cleaners and upright cleaners. Upright cleaners are particularly good as they incorporate a pile agitator such as a beater bar or revolving bristle strip that lifts the pile and facilitates the removal of dirt and grit. However, be careful with the agitator as over-use can damage the pile surface.

Barrel cleaners rely on suction removal only and most perform the task quite well. Some barrel cleaners now have power head attachments to agitate the pile in the same manner as upright cleaners.

Ensure the vacuum cleaner is kept in a sound mechanical condition, and that brushes are cleaned and replaced when worn out. Empty the dust collection bag frequently as the suction efficiency of the vacuum cleaner is reduced considerably even when the bag is half full.

Most cleaners now come with micro filter systems to ensure the fine particles are removed from the carpet and stay in the collection bag.

Spot cleaning

It is important to remove any spillage as soon as possible before it penetrates the carpet fibre and pile.
In the case of spills, remove the excess spillage immediately by first scraping any solids and blotting liquids with an absorbent material. Use a spoon or blunt knife to remove the bulk of semi-solids or greasy substances and follow this by blotting.

Always begin at the outer edge and work towards the centre of the stained area using a blotting or dabbing motion. After most of the spill has been absorbed, place a fresh pile of paper towels over the area and place a flat weight on them. Never rub a stain.

For difficult stains, or for expert assistance, contact one of professional services listed below.

More information on stain removal is available from fibre marketing organisations, carpet retailers and manufacturers. For detailed information refer to Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 3733 ‘Textile Floor Coverings – Cleaning Maintenance of Residential and Commercial Carpeting’.

Carpet cleaning: professional services

It is advisable to have carpet cleaned approximately every 12-18 months. Periodic ‘deep’ cleaning will re-vitalize the carpet and remove soil and other matter that has settled beyond the reach of routine cleaning methods. Use experienced carpet cleaners preferably a member of a recognised industry group such as the following:

  • Individual Cleaners Association of Australia and New Zealand Inc. (ICAN) Ph: 0408 966 500 or visit www.individualcleaner.org.au
  • Specialised Cleaning & Restoration Industry Association Ph:1800 621 872 or visit www.scria.org.au
  • IICRC – Institute Inspection Carpet & Restoration Cleaning visit: www.iicrc.org