In selecting your color, take the time to
look at large samples in your home, both by daylight and lamplight in the
evening. The color you choose will look different under different lighting
Light colored carpets will show more soil and require more maintenance
than dark colors. Darker colors of carpeting are more effective in high
traffic areas. Multi-colors and patterned carpets are especially effective
in hiding soil.
The performance and quality of a carpet is
directly related to the amount and quality of fiber that goes into the pile.
The better the fiber and the denser it is packed, the better the carpet will
perform. Thin, less dense carpet will lose its surface appearance faster. It
is best to buy the highest quality you can afford.
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Treatment of the affected area should begin
immediately upon discovery. The more time that elapses before treatment, the
more difficult a stain will be to remove.
First scrape food spill gently with a spoon
or dull knife, removing as much as possible.
Always work from outer edge of the stain
towards the center to avoid spreading. Blot*, do not rub or scrub, as the
carpet may fuzz.
When using a mild detergent, use a clear,
non-bleach laundry detergent. Do not use cloudy detergents as they can leave
a sticky residue. Use only 1/4 teaspoon of detergent to 32 ounces of water.
Follow detergent cleaning with clear water rinsing and then blot dry as much
For any stain removal, use a white cloth or
paper towel for cleanup.
* Find further advice on stain emergencies
by clicking here for
3Mís Stain Database
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Most dirt, and even dust, takes the form of hard particles. When left in
the carpet these gritty, sharp particles abrade the pile of the carpet.
Regular vacuuming not only prolongs the life of the carpet, but will enhance
its appearance as well. Most soiling in carpet is of the dry, particle type
which can be removed with a vacuum cleaner.
Vacuum high traffic lanes daily, medium to high traffic areas twice
weekly, and the entire house at least once a week.
Use a vacuum with a rotating brush or beater bar. Change the bags often
and check the beater bars for burs and gouges so as not to damage the
surface of the carpet. Some thick loop pile carpets will fuzz if a rotating
brush vacuum is used. In this case we recommend a suction vacuum only.
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The use of mats or runners at all home
entrances and on uncarpeted areas adjacent to carpet will reduce soil and
moisture in traffic areas. Clean mats and any other rugs placed over carpet
The use of furniture coasters to distribute
the weight of heavy items is also recommended, especially for furniture with
wheels. Take care when moving furniture with wheels by putting a protective
barrier between the wheels and the carpet.
To extend the beauty of your carpeting, close drapes or blinds during
hours of direct sunlight.
Exercise extreme caution with all bleaches, tile cleaners, mildew
removers, oven cleaners, drain openers and plant food. They are strong
chemicals that can permanently discolor or dissolve carpet fibers.
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Even with regular vacuuming, soil particles
and oily dirt will cling to the carpet fibers. With foot traffic these
particles and oily dirt are driven deep into the carpet. We recommend
professional hot water extraction every 18 to 24 months. Periodic cleaning,
using the hot water extraction method performed by a professional cleaner,
will refresh carpet appearance.
The most used areas, such as entrances,
doorways, traffic lanes, and in front of chairs will collect dirt faster
than other areas. Clean these areas as they begin to show soil. This will
stop dirt from spreading, and will extend the time between professional