Helpful Hints for Carpet & Upholstery
No matter how dynamic the fiber design, how superb the construction or how exceptional the performace test results...
carpet or upholstery that is not properly maintained will not age gracefully.
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CARPET UPHOLSTERY
Tracked-in soil is your biggest problem because it carries throughout the house.  if you can keep tracked-in soil to a minimum you can reduce dirt build-up and ultimately decrease the frequency of periodic professional cleanings.

Controling Soil
Entry mats collect or absorb soil and moisture.  They should be placed adjacent to high traffic areas and entryways.  They should be maintained by weekly vacuuming shaking and cleaning.

Vacuuming
Routine vacuuming with properly maintained, quality equipment is the single most important step you can take to extend the life and apperance of carpet.

♦  Make sure your vacuum has a high efficiency HEPA filtering system  to keep soil and pollutants from re-entry into the air which can contribute to indoor air pollution.

♦  Proper vacuuming frequency should be planned according to traffic patterns.  Light traffic, twice weekly.  Heavy traffic, daily. 
    
Read labels and tags carefully and follow manifacturers recommendations for care and maintenance.

♦  Every time your upholstery is professionally cleaned, be sure to have fabric protectant applied to extend its beauty and useful life.

♦  Make sure you hire only industry certified, trained professionals who have experience with your type of upholstery [haitian cotton, leather, linen, etc.]
Stains& Spills

Before treating a wet stain, blot the area with a white cloth or paper towl.  A dry stain, scoop up all the loose material and vacuum any residual particals.

Test your cleaning solution in an inconspicuous are before use to determine if discoloration will result from use.

Never rub, scrub or use a brush on the area being cleaned.

Work from the outside to the center of the stain to prevent spread of the stain or formation of a ring
 
Cleaning Procedures
[Refer to Spills / Stain Chart
A:  Apply detergent solution [non bleaching] sparingly.  Blot to remove substance and rinse thoroughly with clear water to remove detergent residue.  Blot dry.
B:  Apply only enough dry cleaning fluid or alcohol to dampen the stain.  Blot dry.  Repeat as long as the stain continues to transfer.  If stain is still visible, apply detergent solution [non bleaching] sparingly.  Blot to remove substance and rinse thoroughly with clear water to remove detergent residue.  Blot dry. 
* Effectiveness of this cleaning procedure depends on the type or consistency of the liquids that have created the spill/stain.
Acid Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Acne Medication
Alkaline Drain Cleaner
Apple Juice
Apple Sauce
Asphalt
Barbeque Sauce
Beer
Bleaches
Blood
Butter
Candy
Caramel Syrup
Catsup
Cheese Spread
Chocolate
Chololate Milk
Chocolate Syrup
Clay
*Coffee
Cola
Cooking Oil
Cough Syrup
Cranberry Juice
Crayon
Dirt
Felt Tip Marker
Furniture Dye
Gelatin
Grape Juice
Gravy
Greese
Hair Dye
Hand Cream
Ice Cream
Ink
Ink [ water soluble]
Insecticides
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Jelly
Lipstick
Margarine
Mascara
Mayonnaise
Medicines
Mouthwash
*Mustard
Nail Polish
Oil
Ointment
Orange Juice
Orange Soda
Paint [latex]
Paint [oil]
Pet Feces
Pet Urine
Plant Food
Rouge
Rust
Salad Dressing
Salad Oil
Shoe Polish
Soft Drinnks
Soil
Soot
*Soup
Spaghetti Sauce
Steak Sauce
Syrup
Taco Sauce
Tar
*Tea
Tomatoe Juice
Vomit
Water Colors
Whiskey
Wine
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