Your carpet will last for many years to come if you properly maintain its appearance. Following some simple guidelines will help you care for your carpet. At Under UR Feet Carpets, we are able to advise and give tips on how to achieve this.
Most rooms benefit from vacuuming on a weekly basis. Furthermore, vacuuming areas in your property with the most footfall such as hallways and stairs will make a noticeable difference to the carpet’s appearance. Not only will this help prevent dirt from lodging in your carpet, but it will also care for the pile of your carpet and help to keep it looking beautiful. Different homes have different needs, your carpet will benefit from a professional clean to keep it looking at its best. We recommend leaving this to the professionals.
A vacuum cleaner is the best tool for keeping your carpets looking beautiful. We recommend upright vacuum cleaners, with nozzles for getting into hard-to-reach spaces and against skirting boards and furniture. You will get better results with a rotating brush attachment on cut pile carpets. A suction-only setting should only ever be used to clean shag and looped pile carpets. If you have a shag pile carpet, then a carpet rake will help prevent matting if used on a weekly basis.
Because of the natural materials used to create our carpets, you may notice some unusual occurrences as your carpet settles. Here are some of the most common things you may notice.
Carpets can suffer from pilling – small balls of fibre that are anchored to the surface of the carpet often seen in areas of heel abrasion – for instance in front of chairs. Pilling isn’t serious and should be removed by gently clipping with a pair of scissors. Ensure you use a vacuum cleaner suited to your carpet: cut pile carpets fare best with upright cleaners with rotating brushes. Loop construction carpets require a suction-only cleaner. Pilling is a cosmetic occurrence and will not affect your carpet’s performance.
You may notice small tufts above the carpet’s surface. Simply cut the tuft off with a pair of scissors and carry on enjoying your carpet. The appearance of occasional tufts will not affect the way your carpet wears. Do not pull at the tufts as this can damage the carpet.
Indentations are small dents that appear on a carpet as a result of pressure from furniture. Prevention is better than cure, and we recommend that you regularly move furniture and spread the weight of your furniture through the use of custom coasters. If you find indentations on your carpet, then the gentle application of water – through an ice cube, a mister, or steam cleaner can aid recovery.
Loop pile carpets can suffer from fuzzing. The fuzzing occurs when loose fibres on the surface of the carpet become tangled while still attached. Gently remove the fuzzing by careful clipping with a pair of scissors.
All new carpets will shed loose fibres, particularly in areas of heavy traffic. If your vacuum bag is full of fibre, don't be alarmed as the loose fibre within the yarn are working their way to the surface of your carpet and being collected by your vacuum. It may look like there is a lot of loose fibre, but this is only the result of air expanding the fibre, making them look more significant than in reality. Shedding may take place for some time but be assured that it will not result in damage to your carpet’s appearance or performance.
All pile fabrics (for instance velvet) suffer shading and occasional pile reversal during normal use; cut pile carpets are no different. The appearance of light or dark patches occurs when the pile fibre is moved in one direction or another. This is a feature of the carpet and not a manufacturing defect.