Carpet Care Tips &
Improving Your Indoor Environment
A good checklist to handle spills should include the following items. Do not use any household cleaners other than those listed, since many household products contain chemicals that may permanently damage your carpet.
- A solution of a mild liquid detergent (no more than 1/4 teaspoon of detergent to 32 ounces of water). A clear. non-bleach liquid dishwashing detergent such as Dawn, Joy, or clear Ivory is recommended. Do not use detergents that are cloudy or creamy because they may leave a sticky residue.
- A solution of 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water.
- White cloths or white paper towels.
- An ammonia solution of one tablespoon of ammonia to one cup of water. Do not use on wool.
- Non-oily nail polish remover
- Chewing gum remover (freeze or solid type).
- Spot remover specifically for grease, oil, or tar, such as Carbona or Energine.
NOTE: Difficult stains on carpets made from solution-dyed fibers such as polypropylene may be removed with a mild bleach solution ( one part chlorine bleach to five parts water).
WARNING: Do not use bleach solution unless you are absolutely certain your carpet is 100% solution dyed. Carpet dyed by other systems will be damaged. If in doubt, call 408-448-2016
- Prompt attention to spots and spills is essential. No carpet is stain proof, although many are stain resistant, which allows time to act.
- Remove as much of food spills as possible by scraping gently with a spoon or dull knife.
- Absorb wet spills as quickly as possible by blotting repeatedly with white paper or 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 center of the spot to avoid spreading the spill.
- Always follow up with water to remove detergent residue that may become sticky and cause rapid re-soiling.
- Draw out any remaining moisture by placing several layers of white towels over the spot and weigh them down with a heavy object that will not transfer color such as a plastic jug of water.
|Coffee||A-1 (D if necessary)|
|Cosmetics||A (D if necessary)|
|De-icer (Calcium Chloride)||Vacuum, A|
|Furniture Polish||B, PRESTIGE|
|Grease (Auto)||B, PRESTIGE|
|Ink (Ballpoint)||B, PRESTIGE|
|Ink (Permanent)||B, (D if necessary)|
|Ink (Washable)||A, PRESTIGE|
|Mustard||A, (D if necessary)|
|Nail Polish||Polish Remover|
|Paint (Latex, wet)||A|
|Paint (Latex, dry)||B|
|Paint (Oil)||B, PRESTIGE|
|Tea||A. (D if necessary)|
Stain Removal Procedures -
PRESTIGE -- Bill Corridan, Prestige Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning 408-448-2016
During the 1960's and 1970's, much of our nation's focus was on the pollution of our outdoor environment, but recently our focus has shifted to pollution of our indoor environment.
Concern for fuel economy in the early 1970's led to changed in construction techniques and building design to prevent the loss of temperature-controlled air from buildings. Airtight structures keep air inside, but they also prevent the flow of fresh air from outside. Research by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that our indoor environment has two to five times more pollutants than outside air.
The quality of our indoor air has become more important to us in recent years in that the average American spends over 20 hours a day inside a closed structure. We spend 90 percent of our lives indoors. Heightened consumer healthy awareness has placed an emphasis on improving the quality of our indoor environment.
Carpet plays a vital, positive role in indoor air quality. It acts as an environmental filter, trapping and holding impurities from the air we breathe. The EPA and carpet industry findings indicate that the proper ventilation of new carpet, carpet itself does not contribute negatively to indoor air quality. But, the buildup of soil in carpet does. Upholstery fabric also harbors soil and contaminants.
According to Michael A. Berry, Ph D, former Deputy Director of the EPA Environmental Criteria and Assessment Office, the single leading cause of poor indoor air quality is build environments today is poor maintenance. Carpet and upholstery must be cleaned to remove trapped contaminants before they overflow and are released back into the indoor air.
For a healthier indoor environment, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) recommends: