Cleaning and Maintenance of your carpets

The golden rule for carpet care is the following: never beat them with your hands! You could damage even the strongest Carpet Cleaners.

Use a good vacuum cleaner or carpet cleaner, or alternatively place them upside down on a raised surface (classic hanging wires) and BEAT them with the classic old-fashioned carpet beater.

This applies from the cheapest to the most precious carpet. Second very important advice is the use of a good under-carpet net. For three reasons: first to avoid slipping, second to prevent the continuous folding and moving of the carpet especially in the presence of tables or tables resting on it, can damage it, third to protect any parquet from continuous rubbing that could ruin the surface.

For ordinary and extraordinary maintenance, we recommend this simple scheme:

 Ordinary Cleaning

Regularly vacuum the carpets with a suitable appliance capable of removing the dust deposited on the surface, such as Carpet Cleaners, vacuum cleaner or similar. Adjust if the height of the brushes is present according to the height of the carpet surface. Pay attention to the edges, avoiding to insist on them with the roller or the wheels of the machine. Avoid snapping or tearing corners when cleaning. The suction must be done only in the absence of wet parts or with still fresh stains.

Extraordinary maintenance: carpet washing

Dry cleaning with powder detergents (for all carpets)

When deemed appropriate, spread the appropriate dry powder for cleaning carpets and rugs (eg Host or Follett brand) in the area concerned; act with a brush to penetrate the dust deeply; vacuum the carpet, thus removing the detergent to which the dirt has clung.

Water cleaning (excluding coconut, sisal and natural fiber carpets *)

 When the conditions of the carpet require it, washing with so-called extraction equipment allows even more effective and thorough cleaning. This type of maintenance intervention must be carried out using suitable detergents (see accessories section). Always remember to let the carpet dry in the shade, possibly lying on a raised surface.

Extraordinary Maintenance: Sisal, Coconut and Natural Fiber Carpets

 Although all precautions are taken, stains may occur on the carpet. Even if you do not have the absolute security of the perfect result of the cleaning operation even for an inadequate intervention, if you observe the following rules, most of the stains can be totally eliminated.

  1. The dried-up stains are resistant, therefore they must be eliminated immediately after their formation, acting from the outside towards the inside.
  2. When the stains are still fresh, carefully remove the bulk, ie solid or semi-solid substances, using a spoon or with the back of the blade of a knife.
  3. Sponge the liquids with a dish towel or absorbent kitchen paper without rubbing the stain.
  4. Before using a dry stain remover, test on a less visible area to check the color and material fastness.
  5. To avoid damaging the surface, the carpets must be dried with a sponge, without rubbing. Quickly dry wet areas.
  6. Clean the edges of linen, jute, and cotton fabric with as little liquid as possible, because the fabrics may shrink and stains may form. Carefully dab the wet areas with white kitchen paper, let dry if possible keeping the material. Work on any remaining stains with Host, Goblin or similar stain remover.
  7. You should never try different stain removers on the same stain.

Stain Removal of Carpets

Removal of carpets from liquids

 After drying the liquid with absorbent kitchen paper, dab (do not rub) the remaining stain with a white and damp cloth, then let it dry by dabbing again thoroughly with absorbent kitchen paper. Repeat the operation if necessary. Spread Host or Goblin dust and let it penetrate with the help of a brush in the direction of the carpet and vacuum immediately.

Stain removal from rust mats

 Dab carefully several times with a normal rust remover.

Removal of candle wax carpets

 Mechanically remove the wax when it is cold, then lay a few layers of white absorbent paper on the remaining stain and wipe with a hot iron. (Attention: do not use the hot iron on the paper mat or other heat sensitive fibers, only with the back of the blade of a knife with extreme care).

Removing chewing gum mats

 Apply a little of the normal anti-gum product according to the instructions on the package. Then carefully remove the chewing gum with a brush or knife. If the anti-gum product is not available, the chewing gum can be hardened with ice cubes and then peeled off.

Removal of oil mats and grease stains

 Sponge immediately with white absorbent kitchen paper. Then cover the stain with cornstarch powder or potato starch by squeezing a little; leave for 24 hours then vacuum. Many stains can be removed in this way. Repeat the operation if necessary. Oil stains can be treated as follows: immediately sponge with absorbent paper and let dry. Then spread the Host or Kobold dust, make it penetrate with a brush in the direction of the carpet and vacuum immediately. Repeat the operation if necessary.

Stain removal from tar mats

 Remove the tar carefully with a knife. Then intervene with pure petrol, on the tar and color spots (Attention: ventilate the room well when using pure petrol!) Sponge the remaining moisture with paper towels.

Stain removal from blood carpets Blood

 Stains can be removed in different ways: Spread cooking salt on the fresh blood stain and repeat the operation until the salt no longer absorbs the blood. Then wash with a natural sponge and cold water without adding any product and let dry: Treat any stains left with the Host powder or immediately sponge the stains with white absorbent paper, then wash with a natural sponge and cold water, without adding any product and let it dry. Treat any remaining stains with Host or Kobold powder.

 

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