When do you know it’s time to replace your carpet?

When do you know it’s time to replace your carpet?

Carpet quality can be deceiving. Whilst your plush pile might look nice and in good nick, underneath the surface, your carpet may be more damaged than you realise. If you aren’t sure when it’s time to say farewell and replace your shag pile, the following signs will help you decide. Stubborn stains It’s almost impossible to prevent stains on the carpet. It doesn’t matter how stain resistant your carpet is guaranteed to be, over time the stain resistant finish that most carpets come with deteriorates, leaving your carpet unprotected. If self-cleaning has stopped working, and the professional carpet cleaners are finding it difficult to remove them, then it’s time for some new carpet. Whilst professional carpet cleaners have many tricks for removing those stains, once they have penetrated the padding beneath your carpet it’s only a matter of time before mould and other nasties set in. Stinky piles If there’s a persistent smell coming from your carpet that you can’t eliminate, then it’s time for a change. If you have pets or kids or are a bit clumsy, spills are inevitable. Food, dirt, urine, vomit and all the other lovely biological odours of life will find their way into your piles. If the smell remains stubbornly obvious even after a professional cleaning, that means its time to visit your nearest carpet store. Wear, tear and paper-thin padding It doesn’t matter how tough or durable your carpet is guaranteed to be, after years of feet, paws and furniture your carpet will show signs of wear. The type of carpet largely depends on how it will wear. For example, polyester carpets...
How Often Should You Clean Your Carpets?

How Often Should You Clean Your Carpets?

By: Encore Carpets Gold Coast Carpet Cleaning Guide Regular care and maintenance can extend the life of your carpet. Whether your carpet is made from wool or synthetic fibre, the basic steps of carpet care involve frequent vacuuming, acting on spills immediately, and regular professional carpet cleaning. Vacuuming The most important thing you can do to maintain the appearance of your carpet is vacuum it thoroughly on a regular basis, particularly in areas of high traffic. Vacuuming should be done at least weekly to remove soil and grit before it sinks below the surface. At least three vacuum passes against the natural pile, with more passes over heavily soiled areas, are needed. It is recommended you use a quality vacuum cleaner fitted with a micro-filter to ensure fine particles are removed and use the correct brush setting for the pile length of your carpet. A vacuum with a rotating brush will agitate the pile loosening soil and other contaminants. Spills and stains Any spills should be attended to immediately and spot cleaned. Hot liquids should not be allowed to cool before attempting to remove. Solids such as jam should be scraped up with a knife or spoon; liquids should be blotted using paper towel or tissues. Stain removal should then proceed according to the substance that has been spilt after first doing a spot test on a hidden piece of carpet or a carpet sample. Take care not to scrub or rub a spill as this may drive the stain further into the pile and damage fibres. If the stain fails to respond to treatment, contact a professional carpet...
What’s one of the worst things to do to carpet?

What’s one of the worst things to do to carpet?

Clean it with dish washing detergent or any other domestic cleaning product . That answer may surprise you, but many household detergents are made from grease or fat. When products like this are used on carpet fiber and not extracted or removed correctly,  they act like a magnet by attracting  more dirt and grime. I’ve had many clients tell me that after having their carpets cleaned the original stains have reappeared and are now larger. Once the carpets are dry the soapy residue wicks to the tips of the fiber and settles on top If you’ve had this happen, pour a small amount of water onto the spot, gently agitate with your fingers (sometimes the soap will re activate)  and then blot with an old towel or micro fiber cloth. You should be able to see the dirt and grime lift out onto the towel. The area should look cleaner and feel less sticky. Please note: the image used in this blog is for demonstration purposes only. Dish washing detergents are made to wash dishes not...