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Carpet Care Guide

Spring, 2015 Gary Taylor

Never use washing up liquid

Scoop up solids with a knife or spoon. Determine method of stain removal from the chart.

Blot!

Always blot up the spillage using white absorbent paper, until no more shows on the paper when pressure is applied.

Test

Before treating stain, test treatments on an inconspicuous part of the carpet for possible colour change.

Technique

With blotting or dabbing motion, work inwards from the edges of the stain to prevent it spreading. NEVER rub or scrub at the surface of the pile, this will damage the carpet surface very badly and leave a permanent mark.

Take your time

When attempting to remove stains, ensure that the carpet is dry before proceeding to the next step in order of treatment. Once all the spillage has been removed, if necessary dab the affected area with clean tepid water, taking care not to over wet the carpet, and working inwards from the edges to prevent spreading, then blot by applying pressure to absorbent white material.

Dry out

Once the stain is removed, allow the area to dry and at the same time, ensure that the pile is lying in the same direction as the main carpet. When thoroughly dry, brush the pile very gently to loosen any residues. The area can then be vacuum cleaned to remove all traces of both the stain and the treatment.

Never walk on or place objects on damp carpets.

Where accidental staining has taken place and not been detected for some time, the services of a professional cleaning company should be sought as the substances will have penetrated and dried into, the fibres of the carpet.

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Selecting the right carpet

Spring, 2015Gary Taylor

Wool/ Wool Mix

Wool is generally regarded as the best carpet fibre for resilience, warmth and comfort. Traditionally the best choice for customers who want a carpet to give them years of wear.

Polypropylene

Highly stain resistant and easy to clean. The 80 wool/20 polyprop mix gives the best compromise over durability and comfort.

Nylon

Nylon is the hardest wearing fibre but traditionally flattened quickly and was very difficult to clean. We now sell the latest generation of nylon carpets that combine the wear and resilience of wool with the ease to clean of polypropylene.

Hard Floorings

Engineered and Solid Hard Wood

Beautiful natural floors in numerous finishes. However it must be noted that real wood floors are susceptible to marks and scratches which have to be accepted as part of the charm of your floor.

Laminate Floors

A floor that looks like wood but is more resilient and able to withstand modern life. As the name suggests the wear layer is laminated (like a kitchen worksurface) and on a HDF base. Not really suitable for wet areas because wood and water don't mix.

Luxury Vinyl Tile

PVC tiles that look like natural floorings be it wood stone or ceramic. The major selling point of these floors is they combine complete practicality with the beauty of real floors. Suitable for anywhere in the home including bathrooms and kitchens.

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