|Carpet Care & Cleaning|
|Carpet Care & First Aid|
To retain your carpets appearance and prolong its life, we suggest you follow these basic suggestions:
1. Vacuum thoroughly on a daily basis to remove dirt and grit.
2. Take prompt action to clean any area affected by spillage before it dries in. We have produced a stain treatment chart to help you.
3. Seek professional cleaning advice in the event of heavy soiling.
Without doubt, the most important aspect of carpet care is vacuuming. This should start from the moment the carpet is fitted. We recommend daily vacuuming with a well serviced upright cleaner, incorporating a beater bar/brush head. Daily vacuuming is also essential to remove any dirt and grit, to prevent it from collecting at the base of the tufts where it could act as an abrasive and contribute to premature wear. Do not rush when vacuuming, but do go slowly; allowing the beater bar/brush mechanism to do its job properly. Concentrate on the areas that are subject to most wear, such as in front of' chairs, in corridors and on stairs. Make sure that your carpet gets a thorough clean to the base of the tufts where it is most needed. If you have a loop pile carpet it should only be cleaned with a suction head. Beater bars may catch the fibres and give your carpet a hairy appearance.
There are a number of precautions you can take to reduce wear and tear to your new carpet
1. If you can, change the position of your furniture to equalise the wear on the carpet.
2. Where your carpet is fitted up to external doors, use a rug or mat to catch dirt and grit.
3. Outdoor shoes with special gripping qualities, such as trainers, should be worn with care to avoid the soles pulling and tearing at the pile, particularly in turning areas and on stairs.
You may notice the following characteristics in your new carpet:
To give carpets their smooth level, surface, they are put through a shearing process. This action can be likened to that of mowing a lawn. Each roll is made up of millions of tufts and there is a likelihood that some of them may have been missed during shearing. After a time, these work their way to the surface and appear as sprouting or shooting yarn. Pets with claws may also snag or pull the tufts causing the same effect. NEVER pull a tuft, simply cut it off level with a sharp pair of scissors.
All newly fitted carpets will tend to shed, or fluff, which is perfectly normal and will diminish naturally in a few weeks. The only efficient way to remove this is by vacuuming. If this is not done, the fluff remains on your carpet and will be trodden back into the pile resulting in a flat, matted and dull look.
When carpets are stored in warehouse racks, they are subject to considerable and sustained pressure. As a result, crush lines may be visible when the carpet is first unrolled and may be more noticeable in lighter, open ground shades. This is quite normal and the lines will disappear within a few weeks of normal use, particularly if you vacuum regularly.
Shading and Pile Pressure
Through use and in time, all carpets will flatten to a certain degree and as a result, cut pile carpets will tend to shade in the same way that velvet curtains
do. The degree of noticeable shading will depend on the amount of design
in the carpet, together with the depth of colour. A light, open ground or
plain carpet is more likely to show greater shading than a darker, heavily
Shading is caused because the tufts in a new carpet are almost parallel with each other so that any inclination is regular and in the same direction. After a period of time, the tufts will gradually assume a greater slant in the areas of most use and this will expose their sides to the light. The sides of the tufts are now reflecting more light than the tips and will appear lighter in colour. This is known as pile pressure and there are no hard and fast rules as to when this will occur and to what extent. It is simply a natural characteristic of all cut pile fabrics.
Daily vacuuming may help to restore a more uniform colour. It is important to vacuum against the natural lay of the pile. This will lift the tufts upright again. The use of castor cups under heavy furniture will spread the weight over a larger area and minimise dents in the carpets surface.
Although every care is taken to ensure our dyes meet strict requirements, carpets, as with other natural textiles, cannot be dyed absolutely fast to light. Carpets will tend to fade when subjected to sunlight. Normal wear and light soiling will also give the appearance of fading and both effects are obviously beyond the control of the
Natural yarns are random blended. That is to say that undyed natural wool is mixed with dyed wool, to give berber and tweed carpets their flecked look. Because of this there may be a lined effect not seen in a small sample. This is a natural characteristic of berbers and not a manufacturing fault.