• Ways to keep your carpet looking better, longer!


    Carpet Care and Maintenance

    New carpet is the best! It’s so soft, clean and smells fresh. New carpet will completely change a room, making it brighter and more inviting. Whether you put a plush carpet in your living room, wool carpet in the bedrooms, or a shag in the basement, these tips will help keep your carpet looking and feeling new.

    1. Vacuum your carpet regularly. This will help prevent soil from embedding itself into the carpet.
      1. Use a vacuum with a rotating brush or combination beater/brush bar. Shag, wool and wool-blends can be sensitive to this kind of vacuum. For these carpets, it is recommended to use a suction-only vacuum or a vacuum with an adjustable brush lifted away from the carpet.
      2. You can visit carpet-rug.org for a list of approved vacuum cleaners from the carpet and rug institute. Your warranty may be voided if a non-improved vacuum is used.
    1. Promptly clean up spills. The longer it sits, the more difficult it will be to clean.
      1. For a food or beverage spill, see below for basic steps for cleaning.
      2. If using a stain remover solvent, use a product approved by The Carpet and Rug Institute of America. Apply to a clean white cloth and blot the carpet.
      3. If after cleaning, the stain remains, use 3% hydrogen peroxide to moisten tufts, and let stand for 1 hour. Blot and repeat until clean.
      4. If these tips don’t work, consult a professional.
    1. Get your carpet professionally cleaned every 12-18 months using hot water extraction or steam cleaning. This is also recommended to maintain your warranty. Don’t be afraid to do it more often if needed. For instance; high traffic areas, light colored carpet, or spills.
    2. Use a small rug or mat at entrances to help minimize dirt being tracked on the carpet.
    3. If you have snags, use scissors to clip them. Do not pull, as this will damage the carpet.
    4. If the carpet is burned, use curved fingernail scissors to remove the top of the burnt fibers. If the damage is extensive, you may need to replace or patch the carpet. Contact us at Utah Design Center for help with this.
    5. Heavy furniture dents can be removed by stroking the dented area with a coin edge. You can also use a hair dryer or steam iron. Be extra careful not to touch the carpet with hair dryer or iron.
    6. Extensive water damage will most likely need a professional cleaner. It may also need to be replaced. Contact us at Utah Design Center for assistance.

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    Basic Steps for Cleaning Common Food & Beverage Stains (Sourced from royaltycarpetmills.com)

    What you need:

    • Clean white cloths or white paper towels
    • 1 cup of warm water
    • ¼ teaspoon mild, clear liquid dishwashing liquid
    • Do not use dishwashing liquid that contains hand lotion
    1. Immediately scoop up as much of the spill as possible. Do not rub. Blot with a clean white absorbent cloth or paper towels to remove excess moisture. Use a wet/dry vacuum if spill is large.
    2. Use warm water, NOT hot, and blot with clean white cloth or paper towels. Press down firmly to remove as much moisture pas possible. DO NOT RUB as rubbing can alter carpet’s texture. Repeat until no stain is evident on cloth or towels.
    3. If stain remains on carpet, make a solution of warm water and mild dishwashing liquid (1/4 teaspoon to 2 cup water). Using a clean white cloth or sponge, apply enough solution to cover stain and let soak for 5 minutes.
    4. IMPORTANT: Blot up the excess moisture. Rinse with warm water and blot thoroughly using a clean white cloth or sponge to extract water. Repeat until all detergent is removed – any residual detergent may accelerate soiling.
    5. Absorb remaining moisture with layers of white paper towels, weighted down overnight with non-staining glass or ceramic object.
    6. When completely dry, vacuum or brush the pile to restore texture.
    7. If stain reappears after drying, it may be because some of the stain remained deep in the pile and “wicked” up to the surface. If so repeat steps 3 through 6.


    There may be a time when all your efforts still won’t correct a problem. Whether it’s water damage, a deep burn, a nasty stain, or a tear. You may need to patch or replace your carpet. We are more than happy to assist you with these issues. Please contact us at Utah Design Center.


    Sources: shawfloors.com, mohawkflooring.com, royaltycarpetmills.com



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