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Polyester Carpet Cleaning and Maintenance

Heritage Distributing

Polyester carpet is recognized for being stain resistant, but polyester carpet's permanent stain resistance isn't the only feature it
possesses that aids with cleaning and maintenance; the polyester carpet also resists fading and abrasions and is recognized for its "cleanability", making it an easy-care carpet for the home or office.

Spot Stain Cleaning

  • Even with polyester carpet, stains can happen.  blot up any liquid spills with a white, dry absorbent cloth or white paper towel (don't use colored designs or the color could transfer to your carpet).
  • Don't scrub! Scrubbing can damage your carpet and cause distortions. Always blot, using new towels if needed until the spot is completely dry. 
  • Semi-solid stains should be picked up using a spoon or other scraper to gently remove the solids before blotting.
  • If your stain is the result of solids, break up the solid and vacuum before attempting to clean the stain. 

  • Apply a small amount of commercial stain remover to a clean, dry cloth. Blot the stain gently, then wait five minutes and check for colorfastness. If the chemical affects the carpet color, use a gentler product, like the white vinegar solution (1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of water). After the stain is gone, soak a clean cloth with cold water and press it into the carpet to rinse. Completely blot the area dry. 


Regular Cleaning

  • Keeping your carpet clean requires regular vacuuming, immediate spot or stain removal, and annual deep cleaning. Vacuuming regularly removes dirt and debris before they become embedded in the carpet and damage your polyester fibers. Vacuum all areas in your home once a week, but vacuum more frequently in high-traffic areas. A general rule of thumb is that you should vacuum an area as many times per week as the number of people that regularly use that area. So, for a bedroom for one person, a weekly vacuuming is sufficient while a living room with a family or four could require vacuuming every other day. This of course, increases with inside pets. 

  • Address spots or stains immediately to maintain your carpet's colorfastness and texture and to prevent odor. Deep cleaning your polyester carpet (also known as restorative cleaning) will remove all embedded soil before it can reduce the life of your carpet or its beauty. Rent a carpet deep cleaner from a hardware store, or contact a professional carpet cleaning company. Hot extraction is an effective method of deep cleaning. Use any carpet cleaning product on the market that is safe for synthetic carpets (including Rug Doctor brands). Otherwise, professional cleaners will use their preferred brand.


Maintenance

  • Move furniture occasionally to counteract high-traffic patterns that begin to form. Use glides or cups on heavy furniture legs, and move the legs several inches in another direction every so often to prevent depressions or indentations in your carpet. Reduce direct sunlight exposure on your carpet to maintain color and prevent fading.