Use and Care Manual

Preventive Maintenance
• Keep the dirt, soil, and debris off carpet
• Vacuums & Cleaning Products: Make sure your vacuum and cleaning products are certified through the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI)
Seal of Approval. Visit for details and listings.
• Professionally clean with a hot water extraction method every 12-18 months
Recommended Cleaning Solutions
• Detergent: Mix 1/4 teaspoon clear, hand dishwashing detergent with 1-cup warm, not hot, water. Use a clear, non-bleach liquid
dishwashing detergent such as Dawn, Joy, or clear Ivory
• Hydrogen Peroxide/Ammonia: Mix 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide (3% solution available in drug stores) with one teaspoon undiluted,
unscented, clear (non-sudsy) household ammonia.
• Vinegar: 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water
• Ammonia: one-tablespoon ammonia to one-cup water.
• Solvent: Liquid, non-oily, non-caustic type sold for spot removal from garments. Use products for grease, oil, and tar removal such as
Carbona and Afta. Do not apply directly to carpet to prevent carpet damage
General Stain Removal Instructions
• Remove as much food spills as possible by scraping gently with a spoon or dull knife.
• Absorb wet spills as quickly as possible by blotting repeatedly with white paper or cloth towels.
• Always blot; do not rub or scrub abrasively, as a fuzzy area may result. When blotting, always work from the outside of stain in towards
the center of the spot to prevent spreading the spill.
• Always follow up with water to remove detergent residue that may become sticky and cause rapid re-soiling.
• Remove remaining moisture by placing several layers of white towels over the spot and weigh them down with a heavy object that will
not transfer color (ex. a plastic jug of water).
Spot Cleaning Guide
Spot cleaning is for recent spills in small areas and not a part of regular carpet maintenance.
• Use a clean, white cloth to first blot a wet stain dry. A white cloth should be used to ensure there’s no transfer of color to your carpet
from cloth during spot removal.
• Pick a cleaning agent from the recommended solutions listed above that best suits the type of stain you’re trying to remove.

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