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“Our carpet maintenance guide”
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The key to carpet maintenance is to avoid particles of loose dirt and dust from working their way into the carpet pile where there will act abrasively on the fibres and discolour the carpet.
Hoovering Loop Pile
Loop pile carpets should be vacuumed with a cylinder cleaner using a suction head only. Avoid beater heads and brushes – they will catch and lift fibres giving your carpet a bobbled or felted appearance.
Did you know.....?
As a natural fibre, pure new wool is washed and scoured before being spun into carpet yarn. Throughout the manufacturing process it is also inspected and natural minor imperfections removed. Even so fitted wool carpets may, on rare occasions, contain slight traces of the sheep’s outdoor environment.
All carpets using a spun yarn will shed excess fibre when first installed. This is to be expected and does not mean it is defected. The fibres which shed represent a very small fraction of the carpets actual pile.
You may find on occasions a tuft which will extend above the surface of the carpet. This is from the production of the carpet and easily rectified. Providing the carpet is a cut pile carpet carefully cut the tuft with either a pair of sharp scissors or Stanley knife blade and flattens the surface. No harm will be done to the carpet!
Shading and Flattening
Over time all frequently used areas under foot will flatten and appear lighter or darker dependent on the carpet. Synthetic carpets will show this wear and shading more prominently compared to a wool or natural carpet.
Like shading this is when the pile or nap changes direction reflecting the light at different angles. This is also called watermarking. There has been multiple research to try and determine this phenomenon and thus can conclude there is no manufacturing process which can reduce or stop this from happening. Please note this does not mean your carpet is defective but the norm in some households!
Most textiles will fade very gradually over time due to natural light. Bear in mind what colours you choose for which room. South facing rooms will experience more light so lighter carpets will not fade and become so apparent compared to dark carpets.
Pet paws, claws or harsh rubber soled shoes can create abrasions on a carpet. These are generally concentrated to small areas such as in front of chairs. This again is hard to reduce and moving furniture would be the immediate answer all be it a little impractical.
This is common in wool based carpets. This is when small balls form much like you may find on a jumper. The easiest way to control this is to remove them with a pair of scissors or by blading the carpet surface.
This is something again that is very hard to reduce. Due to static furniture positions you will create indentations. We can cut off small squares to place under chair legs, etc to help reduce this on your carpet.
Carpets on the stairs will receive some of the most foot fall. A heavy or Extra Heavy wear carpet would help reduce the frequency of wear offering longevity to the condition of the carpet.
There are multiple carpet treatments which can help. It is best to consult us before you purchase any to ensure the type of treatment will match the type of carpet you have fitted.