After glue down carpet installation, please allow 24 hours before vacuuming to allow proper time for adhesive to set.
Taking care of your carpet starts immediately after installation. The beauty and life of your carpet can be prolonged by noting the areas where the carpet collects the most foot soil. As much as 80% of the soiling is caused by foot traffic. Immediately place walk-off mats at all entrances – inside and outside. Soil is the greatest threat to your carpets appearance.
The most important thing you can do is vacuum regularly. Heavy traffic areas should be vacuumed daily, using a regular weekly schedule for the rest of the home. Use a vacuum with a beater-bar which will raise the pile while it removes the soil.
Be sure to adjust your vacuum to the height of the carpet pile. Proper vacuuming is essential to the proper maintenance of carpet. If not properly adjusted, excessive brush agitation may cause damage to loop pile carpet.
No matter how often you vacuum, your carpet will still need heavy-duty cleaning from time to time. Professional cleaning is required to maintain most warranties. In most cases, hot water extraction is the preferred method of cleaning. A trained professional should perform this service every 1 to 2 years to refresh the texture and rejuvenate the fibers in your carpet. Refer to your warranty information guide for specifics on what your manufacturer suggests. Save your receipts for proof of maintenance service should a warranty claim arise.
When you and your cleaning professional choose a cleaning method, fiber content is the most important concern. Most carpet today is constructed with synthetic fibers such as nylon, polyester or olefin, and may be cleaned with most cleaning methods. Natural fibers such as wool, cotton, silk and sisal may require specialized care.
Note: The traditional cleaning method of shampooing is not recommended. This method is known to break down fibers and harm the scotchgard™ protection on your carpet.
A characteristic of some new carpets is a slight loss of fibers from the pile called shedding. Carpet yarns made from staple fibers are usually about 7″ in length and are twisted together to form yarn. All natural fibers such as wool are staple fibers. Generally speaking, the more luxurious cut pile carpets are made from staple fiber.
When a newly installed carpet made from staple fiber is vacuumed, small amounts of fiber may be found in the vacuum. Cut pile carpets made from staple fibers have a few pieces of short fibers that do not reach the back of the carpet and are therefore not anchored. The mechanical actions of walking and vacuuming work some of the fibers loose. A very small amount of loose fiber looks like a lot and this can be alarming when it is unexpected.
Many styles of carpet are sheared as one of the final steps in manufacturing. The shearing process also vacuums the carpet to remove loose fibers; however, some of these sheared fibers will fall onto the carpet pile. These fibers will be removed during vacuuming.
The length of time fibers shed from the carpet depends on the amount of loose fibers in the yarns, the amount of traffic, the type of vacuum used, the vacuuming procedure, and frequency of vacuuming. If the carpet pile is short and an upright vacuum is used industriously several times a week, most of the fibers will be removed in the first couple of months. The other extreme would be a longer pile carpet and vacuumed occasionally with a vacuum with air suction only. The amount of fiber shed by the carpet declines rapidly and is usually unnoticeable within a few months. Sometimes a carpet may begin to shed again after cleaning equipment works loose fibers from deep within the pile.
The amount of fiber removed by vacuuming depends on a variety of factors. The longer the pile, the greater the number of loose fibers in the yarns. More luxurious carpets made with staple fibers have more twist in the yarn and hold the loose fibers longer; this prolongs the shedding process. The more mechanical action the vacuum applies, the faster the removal of loose fiber. A deep brushing action produces the maximum removal. The greater the movement of air through the pile, the more fibers are picked up in the air stream. The thoroughness with which a carpet is vacuumed is a big factor on the amount of loose fiber which is removed.