Congratulations on your new polypropylene carpet purchased from and installed by Cavendish deVere. This is your guide to cleaning and maintaining your carpet so that it looks good for longer.
Polypropylene carpet is a hard-wearing flooring and a great investment. It’s durable, generally easy to clean and resistant to staining. To keep it at it's very best you need to clean it regularly with a vacuum, ensure you blot spills immediately and get it professionally cleaned with a steam cleaner at least once a year. Looking after your polypropylene carpet will mean it looks good for a lot longer. You should get a minimum of 7 years from this type of carpet and up to 12 if it is well cared for.
Invest in a good vacuum cleaner
Use a good vacuum cleaner with soft bristles that will gently agitate any trapped dirt and the more powerful the suction the more dust, dirt and subsequent bacteria will be pulled out of the fibres and into the vacuum for disposal.
At first vacuum every day for a week
When newly laid fibres from the carpet will work their way to the surface. This is completely normal but can be unsightly so vacuum your new carpet every day for the first week or so and then reduce as the weeks go by. There might also be a slight smell after a new carpet is fitted which is caused by the carpet, the underlay or any adhesives which have been used, so the room should be ventilated by opening windows and doors. The smell will normally disappear within a few days.
Prevention is better than cure
Placing doormats at all of the entrances will help to trap dirt and moisture.
In high-traffic areas get the vacuum out twice a week. Stair, hallways and landings get a lot of foot traffic and vacuuming it will bring out the dirt and make the pile springy. Vacuum once a week in low-traffic areas even if it isn’t walked on much because it will remove dust or dirt that moves through the air and settles.
Annual steam cleaning
It will pay dividends in the long-term
Do yourself a favour and give your carpet a steam clean once a year. Polypropylene is great at hiding dirt which is why it makes such a great floor covering. However, as you walk around on it any trapped dirt or dried mud will rub the fibres down and wear them making them thin. A steam clean will remove them and make your carpet smell nice, bounce around and last much longer
Move all your furniture out
Remove all furniture and items from your carpet and find a place to put them. You'll have to wait at least a day for the carpet to dry before you can put them back, so stack furniture along the edges of another room not being cleaned.
Get someone else to do it
Life is short and you are busy. As a Cavendish deVere client you are not likely to be the kind of person to scrimp so get your carpet professionally cleaned by a local carpet cleaner. Use a reliable professional with a commercial hot water extraction machine and ensure they are well versed with cleaning polypropylene carpets. Make sure they are insured!