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Carpet & Rug Cleaning

Regular carpet care

Carpet fibres are designed to hide soil and reflect light. Consequently, soil in carpet is not as visible as it is on smooth flooring where soil remains on the surface and is easily seen. The ability of today’s carpet fibres to hide soiling is a positive feature for most consumers. However, the lack of apparent soiling does not eliminate the need for regular cleaning. Soil can damage the fibres permanently if allowed to remain in the pile.

Even with carpet’s ability to resist soiling and stains, a regular maintenance program extends the life and appearance of your carpet. Specific carpet care information may be available from your carpet dealer, carpet manufacturer or fibre producer.

Vacuuming - Why it's important

Whether you’re cleaning out the spare room or just tidying up around the house, it is important that dirt and dust are removed, not simply moved around or thrown back into the breathing zone. Properly vacuuming is the easier and most effective way to keep your carpet clean. It may be surprising, but something as simple as regular vacuuming can also have the largest impact on the cleanliness of your home and the air you breathe.

SHEEN SERVICES recommend vacuuming areas often that receive the most traffic, such as hallways, stairs and exterior entry ways in the home. Ideally, vacuum all the floor coverings a minimum of once a week, and the high traffic areas more often, based on the usage. If you have pets, you may need to vacuum some areas daily. Removing loose soil while it remains on the carpet’s surface is important so that it is not walked into the carpet pile.

Use a vacuum cleaner that effectively removes soil and minimises generating dust from the filter and around the machine while keeping the carpet looking good. Because of the impact of vacuum cleaners on indoor air, cleaning efficiency can vary significantly, it is important to identify models that clean well and protect the indoor environment.

For maximum effectiveness use a vacuum cleaner with adjustable and rotating brushes that can loosen ground in soil and has a strong enough air flow to penetrate to the backing, removing all particles

Deep cleaning

Daily vacuuming is the most important cleaning activity, but restorative cleaning must be performed to remove stubborn or embedded soil. SHEEN SERVICES recommends that carpet be cleaned using restorative cleaning method every 6-12 months before soiling shows. Professional cleaning should be considered before your rug and carpets begin to show soil. Letting carpets and rugs become excessively soiled will make cleaning more difficult and shorten the carpets useful life.

Methods of cleaning we use

Hot water extraction

The most thorough of all the possible cleaning systems. It works like this: a hot water cleaning solution (not unlike the solution you clean your clothes in the washing machine) is fired under high pressure into your carpet – right down to the base of the fibres. This detergent cleaning solution is then – almost instantly – sucked up out of your carpet bringing dirt and oils and bacteria with it.

In recent Technical Bulletin Shaw Industries, the worlds largest carpet manufacturer, “recommends the hot water extraction system, which research indicates provides the best capability for cleaning”.

And this isn’t surprising. You see, a twin vacuum, high pressure hot water extraction unit cleans much better because it heats the water to a high temperature – loosens soil and sucks the dirt away at high speed, our process is dry within 2 hours (subject to drying conditions)

Absorbent pad: (bonnet cleaning)

This method involves a floor polishing buffer machine with a large cotton pad being spun over your carpet. The theory is the spinning motion helps the cotton pad to absorb the dirt from your carpet. This system has its place and has its advantages of being relatively quick to carry out and quick to dry. Its worth noting that effectively the bonnet cleaning system is like trying to use a large cotton towel or mop to rub dirt out of your carpet. Its main use is for maintenance clean on low pile carpets in commercial properties.

Dry, absorbent powder

Really a bit like using “shake-n-vac”. This is a very simple maintenance cleaning process where a very slightly moist absorbent powder is spread over the carpet. The powder is allowed to dry and then sucked up into a vacuum. Used on delicate carpets and rugs where moisture cannot be used.

Sisal & Seagrass

Ranging from mats to carpets, sisal and seagrass are two of the many types of coverings made from plant material. This material is in a very raw state.

One of the unique characteristics of this type of flooring is that they stain extremely easily and have a tendency to develop dark patches when “spot cleaned” by the consumer. Generally bringing worn sisal back to its original state is almost impossible. The best way to clean sisal or seagrass is by using a low moisture approach. The results are not always as good as we would like.

Although when new they look impressive, they are not very spillage, traffic or cleaning friendly. Ideally, you should place this type of floor covering in low traffic, non-spillage areas to prevent over use.
One of the best things to do when the product is new is to have it protected by specially formulated solvent based carpet protector to protect the sisal or sea grass matting.

.  PLEASE NOTE...... We prefer not to clean this item as there are minimum results and client satisfaction is on the low side.

There are 100% wool carpets that come in a “sisal style” and clean very well.

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