To keep your espirelle rug in top condition, regular brushing and vacuum cleaning should usually be enough.
Where people live and work, spots and stains cannot always be avoided.
Thanks to the unique properties of Espirelle acrylic yarn, you can easily remove 90% of all spots and stains using water only.
If by any chance this still doesn't work, we recommend James, the specialist when it comes to cleaning and taking care of carpets and rugs.
On the James spots-and-stains site www.james.nl you will find tips and advice, specifically developed and put together for the care of our esprelle rugs.
Fundamentally all our espirelle rugs are washable at 30° using a rug-washing-machine.
If you clean your rug regularly and follow the general maintenance instructions your rug will retain its quality appearance for a long time.
Wool fibers may be cleaned using all cleaning methods, although excessive agitation and excessive heat should be avoided.
Wool is easily damaged by bleaches and alkalies. Wool should be cleaned with neutral detergents (pH 5.0-8.0) and dried quickly to limit yellowing or browning.
Cotton and rayon rugs
Cotton and rayon are cellulosic fibers and may be cleaned using all cleaning methods.
Most cellulosic fibers are subject to browning if prolonged drying occurs or if alkaline solutions are used.
Shrinking may occur if these fibers are overwet. Avoid excessive agitation.
Sisal, jute, abaca and other plant fibers
Plant fibers used in carpet construction, including sisal, cotton, jute, coconut (coir), pineapple, ramie, and hemp, have characteristics similar to cotton.
These fibers may be cleaned with all cleaning methods, but dry extraction and dry foam extraction are most often recommended.
To limit color change or odor transfer, a pH of less than 7.5 should be used and precautions should be taken to expedite rapid drying.
It is best to use a carpet cleaning professional.
Do-it-yourself cleaning may be an economical choice between professional cleanings.
For any do-it-yourself cleaning method, the following points are critical.
Always pre-vacuum to remove as much dry soil as possible. Follow instructions carefully!
Consider the following precautions when selecting a wet cleaning method.
Remove furniture from the room before cleaning or, if impractical, place plastic film under and around the legs of chairs, tables and other furniture to prevent rust or furniture stains from developing on the carpet.
Use only the recommended cleaning solution strength. Stronger than recommended solutions may cause accelerated resoiling.
Rinse all detergent from the carpet to prevent accelerated resoiling.
Do not overwet the carpet. Overwetting may cause separation of the backing, separation of the seams, shrinkage, discoloration, and odor.
The carpet should be dry within 12 hours. Provide proper ventilation or use fans to quickly dry the carpet and exhaust any existing solution-related fragrances.
Allow the carpet to dry completely before walking on it.
Professional Cleaning Services
Consider the services of a carpet cleaning professional before your carpet and rugs begin to show soil.
Allowing carpet and rugs to become excessively soiled will make cleaning more difficult and will shorten its useful life.
Recommendations can be obtained from satisfied friends, carpet retailers, the Better Business Bureau, and local business groups for reliable, certified cleaning professionals in your area.
Choose a carpet cleaning professional who is properly trained for the following services. Prior to using these services, you may wish to contact the carpet manufacturer to prevent voiding warranties.
Carpet Redyeing (color repair) Fire and Water Damage Restoration (For water damage follow guidelines in the IICRC Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration S500-94) In-plant Cleaning (for rugs) Odor Control (nuisance odors such as: mildew, tobacco, and pet) Repairs, Restretching, Reinstalling Spot Removal Topical Treatments (soil-removal and stain-resist treatments) Allow the carpet to dry completely before walking on it.
In order to determine the amount and type of cleaning services needed, have a representative of the cleaning firm come to your home to make a visual inspection.
The cleaning professional can inspect the carpet for problem stains or excessively soiled areas that may require additional attention.
Obtain a written agreement for all work to be performed. Under normal circumstances there should be no extra charge for activities, such as moving furniture, preconditioning, and routine spot and stain removal. Beware of pricing that is "too good to be true."
Professionals charge only for services that are authorized in writing before cleaning begins. Most cleaning is based on the total number of square feet to be cleaned.
Many firms do have cleaning specials; however, pricing by the room or low prices quoted over the phone may have hidden restrictions or mandatory add-ons.
A reliable firm will tell you the steps that they are going to use to clean your carpet and provide a written agreement before the work is started.
Should you question the need for any required add-ons, contact the carpet manufacturer for assistance.