Tips and tricks : carpets maintenance

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Classic carpets cleaning tips that are often forgotten

 

  • Vacuum regularly and place doormats at entrances.
  • Protect carpets from direct sunlight by installing drapes and blinds in windows.
  • Place felt pads under furniture legs and shift them around the room from time to time so that carpet fibres are not permanently compacted.
  • Install carpet protectors under furniture with wheels.
  • Quickly sponge up all liquid spills.
  • Regular professional cleaning will prolong the life and the freshness of your carpet. A cleaning professional can also repair burns and other damage.
  • In order to prolong stain protection, do not use disinfectant products (ex.: Lysol), insecticides or fungicides (ex.: Sylguard).
  • The pH level of the cleaning product should not be more than 10. A high-alkaline product will provide deep cleaning, but decreases stain protection. 
  • Do not use foaming products or rotating brushes.
  • Quickly clean stains and spills: this will prolong the life of your carpet and maintain its beautiful appearance.
  • FlorDeco advises you to use Saniten's PT-850 for cleaning and removing stains from your carpet.
  • Important: Carpet fibres react differently to specific cleaning agents. You should always follow the manufacturer's cleaning instructions. The warranty is void if cleaning and maintenance guidelines are not followed correctly. For more information, please contact your FlorDeco retailer.

A cleaning solution for every spill !

While there are certainly many different ways to clean a carpet, here are the recommendations from our experts depending upon the type of spills. 

Dealing with the following stains:

Beer

1. Sponge up excess liquid.

2. Soak the stain with warm water; wait a minute then blot with paper towel or sponge. Repeat until the liquid hardly appears on the paper towel.

3. If the stain persists, use a laundry stain remover by gently rubbing the stain with your fingers. Blot excess, rinse with warm water to remove soap then blot again.

4. If the stain is still visible, add water, fold a paper towel into quarters, place it on the stain and cover it with a weight. Check the towel every 5 minutes or until the stain disappears. Repeat as needed.

5. Straighten out the carpet fibres and wait until they are completely dry before walking on them.

Wax crayon

1. Sponge up the excess.

2. Soak the stain with alcohol and a dry cleaning produce. Blot immediately and leave to dry completely. Repeat this procedure twice.

3. If the stain is still evident, use a laundry stain remover by gently rubbing the stain with your fingers. Blot excess, rinse with warm water to remove soap then blot again.

4. If the stain is still visible, add water, fold a paper towel into quarters, place it on the stain and cover it with a weight. Check the towel every 5 minutes or until the stain disappears. Repeat as needed.

5. Straighten out the carpet fibres and wait until they are completely dry before walking on them.

Mustard

1. Sponge up excess liquid.

2. Soak the stain with warm water; wait a minute then blot with paper towel or sponge. Repeat until the liquid hardly appears on the paper towel.

3. If the stain is still evident, use a laundry stain remover by gently rubbing the stain with your fingers. Blot excess, rinse with warm water to remove soap then blot again.

4. If the stain is still visible, add water, fold a paper towel into quarters, place it on the stain and cover it with a weight. Check the towel every 5 minutes or until the stain disappears. Repeat as needed.

5. Straighten out the carpet fibres and wait until they are completely dry before walking on them. 

Blood

1. Sponge up excess blood.

2. Soak the stain with warm water; wait a minute then blot with paper towel or sponge. Repeat until the liquid hardly appears on the paper towel.

3. If the stain is still evident, use a laundry stain remover by gently rubbing the stain with your fingers. Blot excess, rinse with warm water to remove soap then blot again.

4. If the stain is still visible, add water, fold a paper towel into quarters, place it on the stain and cover it with a weight. Check the towel every 5 minutes or until the stain disappears. Repeat as needed.

5. Straighten out the carpet fibres and wait until they are completely dry before walking on them.

Vomit

1. Sponge up excess or dislodge as much of the waste as possible.

2. Vacuum up particles and then soften the stain with alcohol or a dry cleaning product. Apply a sponge and vacuum up the remaining particles.

3. Add alcohol and a dry cleaning product and blot immediately.

4. Add more water, fold a paper towel into quarters, place it on the stain and cover it with a weight. Check the towel every 5 minutes or until the stain disappears. Repeat as needed.

Chocolate

1. Sponge up excess chocolate.

2. Soak the stain with alcohol and a dry cleaning produce. Blot immediately and leave to dry completely. Repeat this procedure twice.

3. If the stain is still evident, use a laundry stain remover by gently rubbing the stain with your fingers. Blot excess, rinse with warm water to remove soap then blot again.

4. Add more water, fold a paper towel into quarters, place it on the stain and cover it with a weight. Check the towel every 5 minutes or until the stain disappears. Repeat as needed.

5. Straighten out the carpet fibres and wait until they are completely dry before walking on them.

Cooking oil

1. Sponge up excess liquid.

2. Soak the stain with alcohol and a dry cleaning produce. Blot immediately and leave to dry completely. Repeat this procedure twice.

3. If the stain is still evident, use a laundry stain remover by gently rubbing the stain with your fingers. Blot excess, rinse with clear warm water to remove soap then blot again.

4. Add more water, fold a paper towel into quarters, place it on the stain and cover it with a weight. Check the towel every 5 minutes or until the stain disappears. Repeat as needed.

5. Straighten out the carpet fibres and wait until they are completely dry before walking on them.

Motor oil

1. Sponge up excess liquid.

2. Soak the stain with alcohol and a dry cleaning product. Blot immediately and leave to dry completely. Repeat this procedure twice.

3. If the stain is still evident, use a laundry stain remover by gently rubbing the stain with your fingers. Blot excess, rinse with clear warm water to remove soap then blot again.

4. Add more water, fold a paper towel into quarters, place it on the stain and cover it with a weight. Check the towel every 5 minutes or until the stain disappears. Repeat as needed.

5. Straighten out the carpet fibres and wait until they are completely dry before walking on them.

Latex paint

1. Sponge up excess liquid.

2. Soak the stain with warm water, wait a minute then blot with a paper towel or sponge. Repeat blotting process until the liquid hardly appears on the paper towel.

3. If the stain is still evident, use a laundry stain remover by gently rubbing the stain with your fingers. Blot excess, rinse with clear warm water to remove soap then blot again.

4. If the stain is still visible, add more water, fold a paper towel into quarters, place it on the stain and cover it with a weight. Check the towel every 5 minutes or until the stain disappears. Repeat as needed.

5. Straighten out the carpet fibres and wait until they are completely dry before walking on them.

Oil-based paint

1. Sponge up excess liquid.

2. Soak the stain with alcohol and a dry cleaning product. Blot immediately and leave to dry completely. Repeat this procedure twice.

3. If the stain is still evident, use a laundry stain remover by gently rubbing the stain with your fingers. Blot excess, rinse with clear warm water to remove soap then blot again.

4. Add more water, fold a paper towel into quarters, place it on the stain and cover it with a weight. Check the towel every 5 minutes or until the stain disappears. Repeat as needed.

5. Straighten out the carpet fibres and wait until they are completely dry before walking on them.

Animal urine

1. Sponge up excess liquid.

2. Vacuum up particles and then soften the stain with alcohol or a dry cleaning product. Apply a sponge and vacuum up the remaining particles.

3. Add alcohol and a dry cleaning product and blot immediately.

4. Add more water, fold a paper towel into quarters, place it on the stain and cover it with a weight. Check the towel every 5 minutes or until the stain disappears. Repeat as needed.

Dirt

1. Let the stain dry and remove excess with the help of a vacuum cleaner.

2. Soak the stain with warm water; wait a minute then blot with a paper towel or sponge. Repeat blotting process until the liquid hardly appears on the paper towel.

3. If the stain is still evident, use a laundry stain remover by gently rubbing the stain with your fingers. Blot excess, rinse with clear warm water to remove soap then blot again.

4. If the stain is still visible, add more water, fold a paper towel into quarters, place it on the stain and cover it with a weight. Check the towel every 5 minutes or until the stain disappears. Repeat as needed.

5. Straighten out the carpet fibres and wait until they are completely dry before walking on them.

Wine

1. Sponge up excess liquid.

2. Soak the stain with warm water, wait a minute then blot.  

3. Apply a small quantity of hydrogen peroxide.

4. Apply a small amount of household bleach immediately after, then blot.

5. If the stain persists, use a laundry stain remover by gently rubbing the stain with your fingers. Blot excess, rinse with clear warm water to remove soap then blot again.

6. Add more water, fold a paper towel into quarters, place it on the stain and cover it with a weight. Check the towel every 5 minutes or until the stain disappears. Repeat as needed.

7. Straighten out the carpet fibres and wait until they are completely dry before walking on them.

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