Your new purchase represents a substantial investment and like other ﬁne furnishings requires proper care to keep it attractive and serviceable over the years to come.
Carpets very rarely wear out nowadays, given todays technological advances in ﬁbre development and treatments, but its appearance can deteriorate over time and become less attractive; and that’s why its essential to establish a regular maintenance schedule. Please ask our friendly experienced team for advice, hints and tips.
Carpet Care & Maintenance
The key to good carpet maintenance is to avoid particles of loose dirt and dust from working their way into the carpet pile where they will act abrasively on the fibres and discolour the carpet.
- Vacuum your new carpet regularly at least two or three times a week.
- A large, strong doormat will reduce dirt from outside being spread around the house.
- Avoid where possible laying light coloured carpets next to external entrances.
- Loop pile carpets should be vacuumed with a cylinder cleaner using the suction head only.
- Cut pile carpets should be vacuumed with an upright cleaner with beater bar and brush.
Man-made fibre carpets and wool twist pile carpets should be vacuumed regularly as soon as they are laid to pick up any isolated particles.
Follow these general rules below for dealing with spillages. For more persistent or unusual stains contact a professional carpet cleaner.
- Spillages are more easily removed if tackled immediately so act promptly and blot off all the liquid stain with dry kitchen roll or a clean dry white cloth. Semi solid substances should be removed with a plastic spatula.
- To clean off any remaining stain use a clean damp cloth soaked in warm water to blot the stain. Use a dabbing action with the cloth and then blot out the remaining liquid with dry kitchen towel.
- Do not rub the pile surface of your carpet or oversoak the stain.
- Always work from the outside of the stain inwards to minimise the stain spreading.
tips for Caring for your new mattress recommended by the sleep council
Proper care will keep your bed in better condition during its lifetime. Always read and retain manufacturers’ care instructions and ask your retailer for advice, too. Otherwise, the following tips will help you to get the best out of your bed during its natural life.
- Use a washable cover to protect the mattress (and pillows) from stains. Barrier fabrics for allergy sufferers are also available. We always recommend the use of a mattress protector to enhance the appearance and performance of your new bed.
- In the mornings, throw back the bed clothes and leave the bed to air for 20 minutes to allow body moisture to evaporate.
- Unless otherwise advised by the manufacturer, turning your mattress over from side and side and end to end ever three or four months (every week for the first three months) helps upholstery fillings to settle down more evenly. Some more luxurious mattresses, with much thicker layers of fillings designed to mould themselves to the contours of your body, may retain signs of these impressions, despite turning. Non-turn mattresses still need to be rotated regularly.
- Don’t make a habit of sitting on the edge of the bed and don’t let the kids bounce on it.
- Don’t roll up or squash a mattress to store or transport it – this can cause permanent damage.
- Handles are designed to help you position a mattress on its base – do not use them to support the full weight of the mattress on their own – they may pull out.
- Don’t leave any polythene wrappings on a new mattress – dampness, mildew and rotting could all result from a build-up of condensation.
- Vacuum your mattress and base from time to time to remove fluff and dust. This should be carefully done with a brush attachment so as not to dislodge fillings or damage tufts. Open windows while vacuuming – especially if there is an asthma sufferer in the house.
- When tackling stains, use mild detergent and warm or cold water. Never over soak a mattress or base.
- Don’t put a new mattress on a base for which it was not intended, a new mattress on an old base or a board between the mattress and base can impede comfort and reduce the useful life of the mattress – as well as affecting any guarantees or warranties.
Out with the Old
Once you’ve bought yourself a new bed, make arrangements to have the old one properly disposed of (increasingly recycling options are becoming available). Don’t give it to the children, relatives, guests or neighbours. If it wasn’t good enough for you, it’s not good enough for anyone else, either.
In fact, it’s a veritable health hazard – get rid of it!
Your new bed will show signs of settlement in the mattress, particularly on the more luxurious models, that’s why it’s essential to rotate your mattress regularly in the ﬁrst few months to even-out this settlement effect. The performance and comfort is not compromised and this is nothing to be concerned about.