2013 Spring message from Alert Carpet Cleaning
BASIC CARPET CLEANING TECHNIQUES To protect your investment and extend the life of yourcarpet, we recommend cleaning at regular intervals,rather tha n waiting until the carpet is heavily soiled.Guidelines:1. Effective VacuumingVacuuming is key to keeping your carpet clean andbeautiful. For best results:• VACUUM ALL CARPETS AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK.• CLEAN HIGH-TRAFFIC AREAS, SUCH AS HALLWAYS, STAIRS, AND DOORWAYS, AND ROOMS WHEREPETS SPEND TIME MORE OFTEN.• REMOVE LOOSE SOIL BEFORE IT PENETRATES THE CARPET PILE.For aircraft interior carpet care, use a hand-heldvacuum with a rotating brush. We recommendchoosing a vacuum cleaner that meets CRIGreen Label Standards. See www.carpet-rug.orgfor all models that meet these specifications.2. MatsUse walk-off mats with non-rubber backing at allentrances to absorb soil and moisture. Mats shouldbe cleaned on a regular basis so they don’t becomesources of soil themselves, especially duringinclement weather.3. SpillsRemove spills immediately. Time is of the essence ineffective spot removal. The technique depends on thetype of spill.a. Dry Spills: Scoop up the spill immediately. Vacuumthe excess material or scrape dried soil with theblunt edge of a spoon. Always work from theouter edge of the spot toward the center.b. Wet Spills: Wet the spot with cold water and blotit with a white cotton towel. Always blot by pressingdownward. Never rub in a circular motion; this canspread the stain. Wring out the towel to removemoisture and blot again. After lifting as much ofthe spot as possible, place a stack of clean, whitetowels over it. Place a weight on the towelsovernight so they press firmly against the spot.c. In most cases, this should be followed by theapplication of an appropriate spot remover andfurther blotting. (A convenient stain removal guidehas been inserted into the WoolClean kit forinstructions on cleaning methods for specificstains.) After using cleaning products, blot the areawith a white cloth to remove all chemical residue.Follow with a water rinse to fully flush the residue.Repeat the blotting to dry the carpet.4. DO NOT OVER WET THE CARPET.PROFESSIONAL CARPET CLEANING TECHNIQUESSilk Cleaning Methods• Professional dry-cleaning is recommended.• Avoid using water and water-based cleaners.• Blot and clean up stains or spills.• Use dry cleaning agents only.• Silk pile may be brushed with a soft hair brush (no metal bristles) to remove any matting caused byblotting. Do not brush silk pile if it appears normalafter blotting.Approved Professional Cleaning Methods for Wool• Cleaning Method: Spray extraction using smooth wand• Method Description: Warm water and detergent are sprayed into the carpet under pressure, then theloosened dirt is removed by suction. (DO NOTOVER WET CARPET. MAKE SURE CARPET IS DRIEDTHOROUGHLY.)• Thorough vacuuming• Do not use the bonnet cleaning method. The bonnet system has very limited capability for soil removal,leaves much of the detergent in the pile, and candamage pile yarns.Cleaning Agents for Spot RemovalTo safely remove spots from your carpet, use thefollowing solutions.Recommended Carpet Care Products• WoolClean Spot Remover 1• WoolClean Dry Spot Remover 2• WoolClean Absorb-it• 100% Cotton Terry Cloth (white only)PH level for all cleaning solutions must be neutral (7) .• Alkaline solutions (PH level above 7) should not be used as they can cause colors to bleed.
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