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Maintenance Tips for Your Carpet & Fabrics

The following simple tips will help you improve the appearance of your carpeting and
upholstery while also extending their life:

Entrance Mats – Using entrance mats
inside and outside of doorways will reduce the amount of soil brought onto your
carpet. As much as 75% of the dirt and grime in your carpet is tracked-in soil.

Vacuuming – Nothing is more important for maintaining
beautiful, long lasting carpet than vacuuming. Dry soil is abrasive and can
actually damage carpet fibers, causing accelerated wear. In addition to creating
a dingy, poor appearance, dry soil will also diminish the effectiveness of your
stain-resistant protective coating. A vacuum with a beater bar will give the
best results.

Professional Cleaning – Periodically,
have your carpet and upholstery professionally cleaned. Carpet manufacturers
recommend hot water extraction (at least once a year) as the best method for
cleaning carpet, and many require hot water extraction cleaning as a warranty
requirement. Do not use do-it-yourself wet shampooing or dry cleaning methods on
carpets. They can leave a residue which actually attracts and holds dirt.

Clean Up Spills Immediately – The quicker you attend a
spill, the easier it is to remove. Always blot the spill. Use a clean, white
absorbent cloth. Never rub or use a brush. Rubbing can actually make the stain
worse and permanently alter the look of the carpet fiber or fabric.

Spot Removal – The Dirt Army’s Spot Remover is ideal for
removing all types of spots and stains. When removing spots, always pre-test the
spot remover on a hidden area of your carpet or fabric. Apply a small amount and
blot it with a clean white cloth. If any colors appears on your cloth or you see
any color change, do not use the spot remover. After testing, apply the spot
remover to your cloth, and then blot it onto the spot. Repeat until the spot is
gone. Next, rinse by wetting the cloth with water and blotting it onto the area.
Then, with a clean dry cloth, blot dry.

Carpet and Fabric
– Carpet/Fabric Protector is the perfect solution for
protecting your carpets and upholstery from soil and stains. It also helps to
extend the life of your carpet and upholstery by making the removal of dirt
easier, and by helping restore stain blocking performance for easier food and
spot removal.