Carpet and Textiles Care | Santa Fe Floor Care
Good, Sound Care Information
Your carpet and interior textiles play a foundational role in your decor, and we want to help you maximize their life and keep them looking their best. We are all about professional cleaning for your carpets, fine rugs, upholstered furniture, sheers, curtains, and other fine surfaces, but just as importantly, we want to make sure our clients are armed with good, sound care information — which is why we are so pleased to offer a wealth of information here on our website, especially this Carpet and Interior Textiles Care Guide. Feel free to pass it around liberally.
Carpets and Rugs
Vacuum your carpet often. Once or twice a week at least. Vacuuming removes the sharp soil that can cut and slice the fiber causing premature wear. As a general rule, professional cleaning should take place about once per year. For extremely heavy traffic areas, cleaning may be required more often. Immediate spot removal is key to a clean carpet. Great care also must be taken in how spot cleaning is performed. When a carpet is new, or has sufficient protector on it, plain tap water will remove many spots. Residential carpets are treated with stain resist properties and soil resistors known as Dupont Teflon or 3M Scotchgard. After a period of 2 to 3 years, some of the soil-resistor wears off and should be reapplied. However for those spots that will not move easily with water, you must use a spot cleaner.
Spot and Spill Procedure for Carpets and Rugs
- Select a spot cleaner that is recommended by the carpet manufacturer or by us.
- Apply spot cleaner sparingly to white terry cloth and gently massage spot causing it to transfer into the cloth.
- Never pour spot cleaner directly on carpet.
- If the product that you are using seems to cause the spot to re-soil over a few week period, discontinue use.
- Any spot that you are not able to remove, and for pet urine or feces, call us immediately.
By far, professional upholstery cleaning and protection is the best possible way to extend the life of your upholstered furniture. General care information includes vacuuming, rotating cushions, UV protection, and other precautions. Vacuum often to reduce grit that can cause abrasion. Reverse loose cushions weekly for even wear. Protect from the sun. UV light can cause deterioration. Keep pets off the furniture. Your pets’ body oils rub off and can be difficult to remove. Use caution with clothing such as blue jeans. Fabric dyes can transfer to upholstered furniture. And last, but most definitely not least, clean spots and spills immediately. Most spills and soil on fabric protection treated furniture will clean easily and quickly provided that the proper cleaning procedures are followed. Please read the free, downloadable care guide for further instructions. A fabric protection application is not an absolute impenetrable barrier and improper cleaning methods can damage both the fabric and the treatment.
Some easy, basic steps for the care and protection of your Oriental rug include rotation, vacuuming, quality padding, immediate spot and spill removal, and regular, professional cleaning. To insure even wear, your rug should be rotated once a year. Depending on the traffic, the rotation may vary from six months to two years. Oriental rugs, like most carpeting, should be vacuumed on a regular basis to remove dirt and restore life to the fibers. Be sure not to vacuum the fringe with your beater bar! Use the end of a vacuum hose from a canister vacuum. A quality pad used under your rug helps protect it from dirt, wear and slippage.
Spot and Spill Procedures for Oriental Rugs
- Soak up the excess liquid by blotting with a clean absorbent material. Do not brush or rub the spot.
- Spot-clean with a mild detergent-white vinegar-water solution. Do not over-wet.
- Rinse area thoroughly with water and a small amount of vinegar. Avoid wetting the rug’s backing.
- Blot dry until most of the moisture has been absorbed.
- Allow to air dry. A fan or cool hair dryer can be used to hasten the drying process.
Regular cleaning of your window treatments by a competent professional will extend their life and beauty. Over time the fabric of a window treatment will accumulate airborne pollutants, dust, candle soot and grime that dulls its appearance. Neglected spots may set into permanent stains.