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Keep your carpet looking like new

Maintenance and cleaning tips

Carpets, by their very nature, come in for a lot of heavy use, so it’s important to follow a few basic suggestions for keeping them in tip top order. Even though your 100% iSense carpet is designed to withstand many spillages, it will still get dirty. So, just follow this simple advice.

1. Vacuum regularly
The more you vacuum your carpet, the longer it’ll stay looking good. Try and do it often, to prevent build up of soil particles in the pile. Pay particular attention to areas of heavy footfall such as doorways and at the foot of chairs or cupboards.

2. Periodical cleaning
It’s inevitable that dust and oil particles in the air will leave a dulling film on your carpet over time, and the best way to overcome this is by employing a professional cleaning company that will use cleaning solutions recommended for iSense carpets.

 

Cleaning procedures

General advice
Other than vacuuming, your carpet needs to be wet cleaned if heavy soiling has occurred, or treated promptly in cases of spills or stains. Outlined below are emergency techniques for treating the most common kinds of staining.

 

Water-based stains

Causes
Things like beer, berries, coffee, cola, excrement, fruit juice, white glue, ice cream, washable ink, ketchup, sauce, soft drinks, tea and wine.

Treatment
Soak up immediately using an absorbent cloth or kitchen roll. If the stain persists use a solution of one teaspoon of neutral detergent such as washing-up liquid to half a pint of warm water. Dry with a hair dryer, continually moving to prevent watermarking.

 

Greasy stains

Causes
Things like baked beans, blood, butter, chocolate, cooking oil, crayons, gravy, grease, ketchup, mascara, mayonnaise, milk, mustard and petfood.

Treatment
Use methylated spirits, applying with cotton wool to the edges of the stain and work inwards. Don’t worry if colours darken during this treatment, just blot with kitchen roll to avoid excessive moisture. Then use a soap solution on cotton wool, dampen the area, blot with kitchen roll and dry with a hair dryer as above.

 

Greasy stains

Causes
Any of the water-based foods or drinks as above.

Treatment
Use non-biological washing powder or mix two litres of tepid water with half a teaspoon of carpet shampoo. Re-wet the stain using the soap solution applied with cotton wool and blot with kitchen roll as above.

 

Other stains

Causes
Things like brown sauce, shoe polish, sherry, toothpaste, urine and vomit.

Treatment
Apply diluted detergent with a damp towel and leave for five minutes. Blot, then rinse with water, followed by a pad of weighted kitchen roll.

 

Specific stains

Causes
Chewing gum trodden into the carpet.

Treatment
Scrape away excess then freeze with ice cubes. Shatter with blunt object like the back of a spoon and quickly vacuum chips away.

 

Causes
Hobby glue and nail polish.

Treatment
Apply nail polish remover sparingly with a cotton towel, pick up softened material and push kitchen roll towards centre of spot to avoid it spreading. Repeat this procedure until the stain is removed.

 

Causes
Candle wax.

Treatment

Scrape off as much wax as you can. Cover with a white cotton towel and apply a warm (not hot) iron. Repeat this procedure with a clean towel each time until the stain is removed.

 

Causes
Chalk and mud.

Treatment
Vacuum as much as possible. Loosen remaining material by tapping with a small brush, but don’t scrub. Vacuum again then use technique for water-based stains as above.

 

Causes
Lipstick.

Treatment
Scrape off excess lipstick and lightly rub the area with a slice of fresh white bread. Complete the removal as per the greasy stains technique above.