Carpet Care Tips

Stain Prevention

No carpet is completely stain proof, but at least modern stain resistant carpets give you time to act. If you catch the spill when it's fresh, you've got a good chance of removing it totally. The more time a spill remains on the carpet, the more difficult it becomes to remove. Over time, some spills may cause permanent staining.

The best approach is to pick up as much of the spill as quickly as possible -

  • Gently scrape up food spills and other solids with the edge of a spoon.
  • If you have a wet/dry vacuum cleaner you can pour clean water on the spill and then immediately vacuum the liquid. Repeat until the area is clean.
  • If you don't have access to a wet/dry vacuum cleaner; blot repeatedly with white paper or white cloth towels. Always blot; never rub or scrub abrasively, as a fuzzy area may result. When blotting, work from the outer edge in toward the centre of the spot to avoid spreading the spill. Keep looking at the towel; as long as you are getting a colour transfer from the carpet to the towel, you are making progress.

Avoid the use of all-purpose spray cleaners, bleach, or alkaline detergents as they may cause lasting damage to your carpet.

Call Allclass as soon as possible to prevent changes in the appearance of your carpet. Leaving the stain can just make it harder to remove so have the carpet professionally cleaned immediately.

Carpet and Rug Maintenance

Carpets and rugs need to be vacuumed thoroughly at least once a week, while areas of heavy traffic may require daily attention. Regular vacuuming prolongs the life of your carpet by preventing a buildup of gritty particles that can cut carpet fibres. Have your carpets professionally cleaned at least every 12 months. Treat your carpet and rugs well, and they will provide you with years of comfort and beauty.

How to remove furniture impressions and dents from your carpet

Heavy furniture left standing in one place will leave dents in your carpet, as will the feet of chairs that have to take the weight of your frame. How you eradicate these blemishes depends on the severity of the dent. To remove carpet dents from furniture you can use a cold or hot method, both of which are cheap and easy. If your carpet is made of synthetic fibers (nylon, polyester, olefin, triexta), the cold method is recommended. For carpets made of natural fibers (wool, sisal), the hot (steam) method is better. You don’t need to rent special machinery to remove carpet dents. Just follow the instructions below. And to avoid carpet dents from furniture in future, be sure to check out the cheap preventive steps at the end of this article.

For a small dent

Fire up a steam iron and hold it 15cm above the dent until the carpet becomes moist. Once moist, work the fibres of the carpet back and forth with the edge of a coin until they're standing proud once more. Alternatively, an ice cube left to melt on the dent will also reinvigorate the fibres. Sponge up the excess water before working the carpet back to life with your coin.

For a deep dent

Dampen a tea towel or bath towel and lay it over the affected area. Apply gentle pressure to the dent with an iron switched on to the wool or cotton setting, then leave the towel in place until it has dried fully. The heat plus the moisture can often combine to miraculously lift the dent..

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