Why Carpet and Soft Furnishings Should be Regularly Cleaned

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Hidden soiling can inhibit the lifespan of a carpet. Grit can become trapped deep within the pile and this gritty soil wears away the fibres, cutting the carpet’s life dramatically warns the National Carpet Cleaners Association (NCCA).

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The National Carpet Cleaners Association has been setting the standard for the cleaning of carpets, soft furnishings and hard flooring for over forty years through basic, specialist and advanced training courses at all levels of expertise.

The National Carpet Cleaners Association has been setting the standard for the cleaning of carpets, soft furnishings and hard flooring for over forty years through basic, specialist and advanced training courses at all levels of expertise.

The only UK trade body dedicated to the care of flooring and soft furnishings, the NCCA recommends that carpets and other soft furnishings within the home are cleaned at least once every two years.

So, why is regular cleaning necessary? The most obvious reason has to be appearance. Regular professional cleaning coupled with an effective vacuum regime will maintain the appearance of carpeting and upholstery.

Health is another reason, although maybe not such an obvious one. Cleaning will eliminate pollutants, including house dust mites, from soft furnishings. This will improve the indoor air quality and therefore reduce the incidence of allergies and breathing problems.

Cleaning will also remove any unpleasant odours which may be present in soft furnishings. The main causes of odours are pets, body oils, spillages and other contaminants, which are often not easily dealt with by the consumer. Frequently the home remedy is to apply a deodorant spray or use one of the popular plug-in deodorisers. This is merely dealing with the symptoms of the odour, not the source.

Another factor to consider is that hidden soiling can inhibit the lifespan of a carpet. What we can see is quite literally only a tiny fraction of the dirt that a carpet contains. Carpets can trap grit deep within the pile and this gritty soil wears away the fibres, cutting the carpet’s life dramatically. Unfortunately much of this cannot be removed by vacuuming alone. Only a thorough clean is successful in removing deep down dirt and in doing so can prolong the carpet life quite considerably.

There are several ways in which carpets and other soft furnishings can be cleaned:
1. Do it yourself - This produces limited results and can be risky, as it is easy to get carried away and over-wet causing shrinkage or discolouration. Any detergent residues left behind can cause the items to become dirtier much quicker.
2. Remove the cushion covers from upholstery and put them in the washing machine - The zips on the cushions are for ease of getting the filling into the cover, they are not very strong and tend to break easily. Many washing powders contain optical brighteners that can lighten the fabric in a bleaching action. Some covers have sensitive dyes, which can change colour.
3. Employ a professional cleaning company - It is wise to employ a company that belongs to a reputable organisation or association or who can supply evidence of recognised qualifications. Be wary of half price offers that are pushed through the letterbox, many of these may offer a low price but this could rise significantly with all the ‘added extras’ once the cleaning operative is inside the home. They may also have no insurance cover in the event that things go wrong.

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