Carpet care and cleaning
A periodic and tailored maintenance programme will prolong the design life of your covering and preserve its original appearance.
Daily cleaning by means of vacuum cleaner. A thorough cleaning of the covering is recommended every 6 months, or once a year, depending on how much foot traffic it receives.
Dry - cleaning
The covering is cleaned by sprinkling it with a powdered shampoo of a reputable proprietary brand. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to the letter.
Wet - cleaning
- First vacuum thoroughly, removing any stains.
- Dilute the product as little as possible.
- Don't drench the carpet. Keep it as dry as possible.
- Use a reputable cleaning product to which you've added some vinegar.
- Distribute the product evenly. Pay particular attention to stained parts.
- Let it dry, avoiding all foot traffic on the (wet) covering.
- Vacuum thoroughly.
General rules :
- Take proper steps immediately.
- Dry the stain as quickly as possible.
- Remove solid substances using a knife or spoon, working from the outside towards the centre of the stain, always observing the fibre direction.
- Try, first, to remove the stain by using a shampoo greatly diluted with some lukewarm water.
If these measures are no good, please refer to the following list :
|ALCOHOL||20 % shampoo plus 5 % vinegar and 75 % water.|
|BEER||Shampoo plus vinegar and lukewarm water.|
|BLOOD||Old stains: shampoo with 5 % ammonia, then dab with vinegar (never use warm water).
New stains: cold water + salt.
|BUTTER||A hot iron (below 100° C) on a cloth. After that shampoo + vinegar + water.|
|CARPET GLUE||Remove immediately using acetone or alcohol.|
|CHEWING GUM||Treat with special stain remover, cover with ice until set hard, crumble and scrape off the residue using a spoon or a knife, while observing the fibre direction.|
|CHOCOLATE||Tepid water + 5 % ammonia.|
|COFFEE/ TEA||Cold water ! + shampoo + 10 % ammonia.|
|COLA||Shampoo + vinegar + water.|
|EGG||Shampoo + (cold!) water + vinegar or ammonia (5%).|
|GREASE / GRASS / BALLPOINT||Dab it first with, for example, a Kleenex or a piece of blotting paper.
Next, pour pure alcohol on the carpet, let it evaporate, then apply shampoo + vinegar + water.
|JAM/HONEY||Lukewarm water and cloth.|
|LACQUER||Dab with white spirit. Don't rub.|
|LATEX PAINT||Do not allow the stain to dry. Water plus shampoo.
After drying, scrape off and rub down.
|LIPSTICK||Water + shampoo, then alcohol or ether if necessary.|
|MOULD||Water + 5 % ammonia.|
|MUD||Let it dry, then scrape off and vacuum. After that, if necessary, 1 soup-spoon of ammonia per litre of tepid water.|
|NAIL POLISH||Dab with acetone, then rinse with water.|
|OIL PAINT||Dab with white spirit. Do not rub.|
|RED WINE||Immediate action is necessary: sponge the stain with 50 % vinegar + water.|
|SAUCE/OIL||Water + alcohol. After that, clean, if necessary, with shampoo + vinegar + water.|
|TINCTURE OF IODINE||Dab with ammonia.|
- Don't drench the carpet (not in one particular spot either).
- After treatment cover the wet spots with a good absorbent white cloth or tissue. A heavy object has to be placed on top of the covered spot.
- If the cloth or tissue gets too wet, remove and replace with either a dry cloth or a piece of absorbent paper. Under no circumstances may anyone walk on that part of the carpet which has been treated until it's completely dry.