Below you will find great advice and tips for conserving your carpets and rugs from RPC Cleaning Services
Like all textiles, carpets are prone to environmental damage. Their function makes them susceptible to wear and the expectation is that they will last, even if subjected to the hardest of conditions.
Carpets are likely to have a knotted pile of wool; the warp and weft of the foundation can also be wool or may be cotton or linen. They will generally withstand more wear than carpets containing silk which tend to be more fragile.
Fortunately, it is possible to use simple methods to reduce the impact of environmental hazards. A little care can mean the difference between a worn and damaged carpet and owning a carpet that will last the test of time.
Minimising wear and tear
Carpets are susceptible to wear if in use; edges and fringes are particularly vulnerable. Here are some tips to keep your carpet in tip top condition.
- The use of a rug pad or carpet underlay cushions the carpet and allows it to lie flat and evenly.
- Underlay made from rubber, synthetic foam or anything containing adhesive is undesirable
- You should be aware that natural fibres such as wool and hair attract insect pests – polyester is safer.
- Consider removing outdoor shoes before walking on a valued carpet and placing castor cups under the legs or castors of furniture to protect the pile.
- Large carpets should not be pulled when moving furniture, but carefully rolled in the direction of the pile, on a wide diameter tube longer than the width of the carpet – two or three people will be required to do this safely.
- If a carpet shows signs of wear, a conservator, like RPC can assess its condition and recommend treatment.
RPC can help you to conserve your carpet
If you want to discuss how to conserve your carpet, talk to RPC today. We would be delighted to hear from you.