Carpet Care & Maintenance
With the exceptional quality of today's carpet, your carpet could "ugly" out long before it "wears" out. Make sure it doesn't with a comprehensive care program made up of four parts:
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Staining versus soiling
No carpet is absolutely stain proof
There is often confusion about the difference between soiling and staining carpet. The majority of stain complaints are actually soil related. For example, many sugar-based spills, such as soft drinks and coffee, leave a sugar residue after removal. This sticky residue readily attracts soil from ordinary shoe traffic, and the resulting discolored area appears to be a stain.
The same thing happens when spills are cleaned with a detergent solution and the area is not sufficiently rinsed with plain water, leaving a sticky detergent residue. It is important to rinse thoroughly with water and blot dry after removing any spill.
Almost all carpets have stain resistant treatments that improve your ability to clean stains, but not prevent stains. Even solution-dyed yarns (that can tolerate a 50/50 bleach & water solution) can be stained/damaged by an acidic enough agent.
Similarly, carpets with soil resistant treatments reduce the rate of soiling, but all carpets require regular care and maintenance.