Prevention is better than cure! Ensure you have a good doormat to prevent
as much soil as possible entering your home.
Regular Vacuuming will keep your carpet looking their best. A good tip is to
rake your carpet prior to using the vacuum cleaner. This will loosen the dirt, pet hairs and raise the pile, making the
vacuuming far more effective.
Act quickly to stop the stain spreading or penetrating the carpet
up solids with a spoon or palette knife, always working towards the centre
of a spillage to prevent spreading the stain. Blot up liquids with a clean
white cloth or paper towel.
Periodic Cleaning by Chem-Dry
Periodic Cleaning by Chem-Dry Professionals will keep your carpets looking as
good as the day you bought them. There are many risks involved if you
shampoo your carpets yourself or use unqualified carpet cleaning companies.
For a really professional job that you can be sure of, call your local
Chem-Dry representative today for a free, no-obligation quote.
Did you know that carpeting is a textile, just like upholstery,
linens, and clothing? Much like your favorite pair of jeans that
have become faded and worn at the knees, carpets will start to
show wear marks in the traffic areas.
Wear is a combination of several things. They include soil in the carpet, traffic lanes, loss of fibers, infrequent vacuuming, having
imbedded soil in the carpet (that can't be brought up with
vacuuming) and time. Improper light reflection is also a factor in making a
carpet look dirty.
Improper maintenance is the main reason carpets show signs of premature wear.
When major traffic lanes
are vacuumed daily and spots or spills are promptly removed, carpeting will look
better and last longer.
Traffic Lane Gray
Like all textiles, carpets will eventually show signs of wear. The wear creates
an illusion of soiling, which
often causes frustration and misunderstanding between homeowners and carpet care
experts. Even though
a carpet has been cleaned, it does not mean the traffic areas will look clean.
Traffic areas are those places
where people are constantly walking or working. This situation creates what is
called "traffic lane gray", a
condition that has been nicknamed "ugly out".
There is not a lot that a carpet care expert can do with "ugly out". When a
10-year old carpet is cleaned, you
will end up with a clean 10-year old carpet. It may not appear the way you had
hoped. Just like the wear that
is visible on your old jeans, carpeting will show signs of wear, too. The
easiest way to slow down "ugly out"
is by rearranging the furniture so traffic areas are changed.
Improper Light Reflection
Traffic areas (or patterns) often look soiled even after a thorough cleaning,
because the fibers do not reflect
the light properly. Carpet fibers are designed to magnify the light that passes
through them. Carpet color,
brightness and the luster that is seen by the human eye is a direct function of
the amount of light that is
reflected by the carpet fiber.
A good example of how a carpet reflects light is shown by how it looks when it
is viewed from different
angles. The carpet will look darker when viewed from one direction and will
appear lighter when it is viewed
from the opposite direction.
The best way to prevent improper light reflection is to vacuum the carpet
regularly, use proper spotting
procedures, and have it professionally cleaned on a regular basis.
Soiling is mainly caused by tracking in soil on our shoes. Other contributing
factors are dust, airborne
pollutants and food or beverage spills on the carpet. Soil damages carpeting as
well as causing it to look
The main damage caused by soiling is called fiber abrasion . Fiber abrasion is
created by dirt particles
scratching or scraping the surface of the fibers, similar to scratches on glass.
Scratches and scrapes block
light reflection, causing these areas to look gray, dull, and dirty.
The easiest way to keep soil from damaging the carpet is to vacuum regularly.
There is a point when carpet fibers will no longer return to their original
shape. As fibers lose their twist, the
carpet begins to look flat, bunched together and distorted. This is called
matting. Matting includes fiber
distortion.. Matting and fiber distortion will cause the carpet to look dirty
and grayed out, even when the
carpet is cleaned and all soil has been removed.
The easiest way to avoid matting is to vacuum and rake the carpet often.
The best way to keep your carpet looking its very best is to properly maintain
it. Read your carpet warranty
for specific maintenance requirements.
Vacuum everyday if possible. Vacuuming removes loose soil before it becomes
imbedded in the fibers. The
removal of abrasive soils from the carpet will help to extend the carpet's life.
Use proper spotting methods. Do not put any products on your carpeting unless
advised by your Chem-Dry
Professional. Ask for "Chem-Dry PF Spot Remover"; it will remove most
common spots and stains without causing carpet damage or rapid re-soiling.
Have your carpeting cleaned by Chem-Dry at least
once a year. The removal of embedded soils and stains will refresh its
appearance while ridding the fibers of
Remember that the stain resistant treatment that was originally applied by the
carpet manufacturer will wear
off....especially in the traffic lanes. Always have it reapplied when you have
your carpet professionally cleaned. Just ask for "Chem-Dry