Entrance and Walk Off Mats
It is highly recommended that entrance mats at all outside entrances to the house are used as they will significantly reduce the rate at which the carpet will soil. Choose an adequately sized mat to help ensure street dirt is removed from shoe soles, and one that is course and porous so the soils will go down below the foot traffic. The mats should be regularly cleaned themselves to avoid build up of dirt and debris.
To extend the life of a carpet and maintain its appearance you should arrange for your carpet to be regularly cleaned. Vacuum clean often and thoroughly, particularly in high traffic areas, to remove grit and dirt that can damage the carpet fibres.
Deal with spillages as soon as possible, preferably the moment they occur.
Beware of products claiming to be safe to use on all carpets, including wool. You may be safe to use them but if the cleaning products do not carry the WOOLSAFE Mark, it is not endorsed by most manufacturers.
Never use detergents such as dishwashing liquids, soaps or other cleaners recommended for general househld use. Although they may clean the carpet to a satisfactory standard, they will more than likely cause problems such as colour bleeding, rapid re-soiling or other damage to the pile or backing of the carpet.
You may invest a lot in your carpets and rugs so it is worth the time and effort to maintain them. You can maintain them by regularly vacuuming at least twice a week but sometimes it is advisable to have them cleaned by a professional.
Professional carpet and upholstery cleaning companies can help considerably extend the life of your carpet or rug. If you are unsure which professionals to contact we can put you in touch with reputable and trusted cleaners that will be glad to give you further advice on maintaining your carpets and rugs.