Three Steps for Proper Carpet Care

Carpet cleaning is just like exercise! If you get into a routine and keep it up, you will see great results and feel better for it. And understanding the right way to clean carpet will help you save time by doing it correctly the first time with products that do the job right from the start. Not only will Seal of Approval cleaning products help keep your carpet looking great, they can also help meet the warranty requirements of the carpet manufacturer. Below are three simple steps to keeping your carpet clean and looking great:

  • 1. Vacuum
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  • 2. Clean spots and spills quickly
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  • 3. Professional deep clean
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Stop Dirt at the Door

Preventing dirt and grime from getting on the carpet in the first place is a great way to start keeping it clean. The following helpful hints can stop dirt in its tracks.

  • Use mats
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  • Take off your shoes
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  • Change your air filters
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Spot Removal Steps

  • Act Quickly!
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  • Blot Liquids
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  • Do not scrub the area!
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  • Pretest any spot removal agent
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  • Apply a small amount
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  • Work from the edges of the spill
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  • Continue
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  • Be patient! 
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      Be patient! Complete removal of the spill may require repeating the same step several times. After the spill has been completely removed, rinse the affected area thoroughly with cold water, and blot with a dry cloth until all of the solution has been removed. Some cleaning solutions will cause rapid soiling if the solution is not completely removed. Apply a one-half inch layer of white paper towels to the affected area, and weigh down with a flat, heavy object. Continue to change paper towels as needed.

Wool Wisdom

One of the most crucial areas of carpet maintenance is removal of spots and spills. Acting quickly when anything is dropped or spilled, and always having the necessary cleaning materials at hand are of the utmost importance. We recommend a “WoolClean Spot Removal Kit,” which can be purchased from a Wools of New Zealand Partner Retailer. Call 800-367-0462 or check the Wools website at www.woolsnz.com for the Partner Retailer nearest you.

  • Frequent vacuuming is a wool carpet’s best friend.
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      An upright vacuum with a beater bar/brush is the best type for cut pile carpet. A suction-only vacuum may be required for loop pile Berber carpets to prevent excessive fuzzing.
      Vacuum cleaner dust bag should be emptied when half full.
      Exercise prevention maintenance by placing absorbent mats at the most frequently used entrances to your home. Change or launder when these mats become dirty. Filters in your heating and air conditioning systems should be changed regularly.
      Periodically clean traffic lanes and the areas in front of frequently used chairs with an absorbent powder (such as Host®, Dri-Matic® or Capture®).
      Keep absorbent cloth or paper towels and cleaning solutions on hand for quick response to spills and accidents.
      DO NOT apply stain repellent treatments which contain any silicone as they tend to accelerate carpet soiling.

      (Some carpet manufacturers do not accept responsibility for complaints where such treatments have been used.)

      When having your wool carpet professionally cleaned, use a “WoolCare Specialist” certified by Restoration Industry Association.