Carpet Care

5th August 2011

There are more myths and misbeliefs about carpet care and attention than you can shake a cloth at – but with 20 years experience of helping consumers, carpet cleaning companies and carpet manufacturers, there is no one better placed than WoolSafe to tell it as it should be!

Here are WoolSafe’s top ten care and maintenance tips.

1 Red Wine Spills

Don't believe the urban myth of pouring on white wine – that’s just a waste of a nice bottle of Pinot Grigio. Instead, treat with water, blot and repeat. If required, use a WoolSafe approved spot remover.

2 Washing-up Liquid

Never use this on carpets or rugs. It may look as though it’s working, but soap often leaves a sticky residue that will lead to rapid re-soiling and can damage the carpet.

3 Stubborn Stains

Call in the services of a professional, WoolSafe Approved, carpet cleaner. You will be amazed at what they are able to do and a regular programme will extend the life of your carpet.

4 Salt

Don’t pour salt on a liquid spillage. That’s another common myth. All it does is create a strong salt solution that can change the colour of your carpet permanently. Start the process by using water and paper tissue, and invest in the right carpet cleaning products.

5 Inside Out Or Outside In?

Always work from the outside in when you’re treating a stain. Working the other way will spread the stain even further.

6 Carpet Protectors

Having the carpet ‘protected’ can help resist soiling and staining, but remember it’s not 100% foolproof. To ensure the best result, approach spills as if the carpet has not been treated.

7 Is Clean The New Dirty?

When you clean a spill you may create an area that appears a brighter or different colour to the rest of the untreated carpet. This is not necessarily a reflection on the stain remover, but probably highlights the fact that the remainder of the carpet could do with a bit of a clean too. Time to call in a professional cleaner to return your carpet to its former glory.

8 Don't be fooled…

…by flashy labels and unsubstantiated promises on carpet cleaning products. Always check for the WoolSafe approved logo for complete peace of mind.

9 Indentations

To remove indentation marks in wool carpets after moving the furniture, simply spray on a light mist of water or rub with an ice cube. The carpet will return to normal in a few hours.

10 Whatever the stain…

…the WoolSafe Organisation can offer impartial and accurate information on how to deal with the problem.

for more information see www.woolsafe.org

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