Wall to Wall Carpeting
Whether you have an existing wall to wall carpet or have just purchased one, you are now in charge of the care of the textile under your feet. Most people think that all they need is a vacuum cleaner, and they are right. It’s amazing how many people have vacuum cleaners and rarely use them, or misuse them when they do.
Believe it or not most vacuum cleaners work at about 14% efficiency once dirt starts to clog the filters. Proper vacuums for carpet must have a beater bar or brush, this pulsates the dirt to the surface so the vacuum can remove it. The most important part of a vacuum is someone who will actually use it.
Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum!
Did you know your carpet is a giant filter? The air in your home is constantly circulating, and it flows in and out of the fibers of your carpet. Air in your home is either filtered through the carpet or debris in the air settles onto the carpet. If you have carpeting, you need a vacuum cleaner.
If you buy the most powerful vacuum and it never gets used, it’s useless. Homes with carpeting are actually healthier if the filter (carpet) is kept clean. Carpet manufacturers make carpets that hide dirt. They want their product to perform and look good doing it. “Hoover vacuum company says that a 9x 12 carpet can hold 90 pounds of dirt and still look clean on its surface!” So please, vacuum your carpet 2, 3, or 4 times a week at the entry areas and 1 or 2 times throughout, even if it looks like it doesn’t need it.
Wipe Your Feet!
Especially in the northeast a mat outside the main entrances helps to catch sand, salt and dirt before entering your home. Sand is very destructive once it enters a carpet it dulls the fibers and cuts them off at the base. Keep the mats clean or replace them, if the mat is full of sand the next place the sand goes is into your home.
Only 30% of carpet owners have their carpet cleaned…YUCK!
If the filter (carpet) is never cleaned it isn’t very healthy. Most manufacturers insist you have your carpet cleaned by a certified professional every 12 to 18 months to uphold the warranty.
The EPA suggests cleaning your carpet every 6 to 12 months. These guide lines are to be shortened, depending on how many people, dogs, cats or animals are residing there. In 2008 Shaw Industries, the largest producer of carpeting, made it mandatory that an IICRC certified professional only, clean your carpet or the warranty is void!
There are companies and people who have made it their life’s work to be committed to the cleaning industry and its code of ethics. It is a constant battle to separate ourselves from the stereotypical or unethical carpet cleaner. You can find ethical and educated cleaners in your area by logging on to IICRC.org (The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). You will find that Ziegler Preservation Cleaning Specialists holds some of the highest certifications possible.
Orientals & Area Rugs
The oldest discovered rug is the Pazyryk carpet which was woven from wool in the 5th century BC! There are many different types of rugs out there these days, hand knotted, hand tufted, flat weaves, kilem’s, hooked, etc.
Some from Iran, China, India, Pakistan Tibet, or just carpet left over from the wall to wall installation. Most people take there time picking a rug out so that it matches their personality as well as the colors of the room for which it will reside. A good quality oriental can cost thousands of dollars. For this type of textile you want only a qualified professional cleaner to care for it.
The only maintenance an oriental owner should attempt on their own is vacuuming, dusting and some spotting after checking with a professional. There is a complete spotting guide on the Ziegler website, but check with us first before attempting any spot removal.
Dusting Your Rug
We have all heard stories of grandma taking her rugs out in the spring and beating them on the clothes line. This is the best thing you could do for your rug. Of course, you vacuum your rugs the normal way in the house for most of the year. Please don’t vacuum the fringes, you will wear them off the rug before their time, most fringes are an extension of the rug foundation and should be preserved.
Once a year, depending on where the rug is placed in the home, take it out side and flip it over upside down in the garage or driveway (make sure it’s a clean area). Take a beater brush vacuum cleaner and start vacuuming the back of the rug, go slow and make many overlapping passes. When you look under the rug try not to be horrified.
There will be more dirt than you could imagine especially if the rug is in a high traffic area. This is why a rug should never be cleaned in the home. Dusting is a crucial step in the cleaning process and it can not be done in your home. There are many cleaning companies that will clean your rugs in the house and charge more for it, which is in its self, is unethical.
Turning the area rug so that it wears evenly prevents fiber loss and pile distortion in high traffic areas. If the rug receives direct sunlight turning the rug will allow for even fading of the colors. Or you can have UV protection applied to prevent premature fading.
Rugs with proper padding will last 3 times longer than without it. Having a rug without the proper pad, can pulverize the yarns, distort the pile and is harder to restore when washed. There are proper pads for different rugs. A qualified rug washer will carry padding to fit your rugs needs.
Professional Cleaning or Washing
An area rug can be worth $100 or $250,000 most require professional cleaning every 2 to 5 years. When you are ready to have it washed please entrust only a qualified professional. With the latest craze in oriental and area rug purchases cleaners who have never cleaned this type of textile are trying to do them.
A hand knotted oriental is a dense mat of entwined natural fibers, it simply cannot be cleaned properly in the home. In the end you are paying extra to damage your rugs. If someone does offer to clean an oriental in your home they should not be allowed to touch it! Simple rule: if you can’t drop off your rug at their facility they are probably not equipped to do the work properly. Ask around, tour their facility and check their website. Having a $2,000 or $20,000 rug and handing it over to just anyone just doesn’t make sense.
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