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Berber carpets are beautiful, but probably the hardest to maintain and clean.

The carpet pulls dirt towards the bottom of the fibers and keeps it there because the loops, twists and lumps in the weave makes it difficult to extract dirt with a vacuum.

It’s even difficult for professional carpet cleaners that have special cleaning equipment to clean in Roseville, Ca.

Vacuuming

Vacuum Berber frequently. Do not use a vacuum cleaner that has a beater bar on it. This will cause fuzzing, fraying, tearing and shredding and will ruin your Berber carpeting.

A beater bar can even snag on a loop and pull the entire string out of the carpet.

The carpet should be cleaned with vacuum that uses suction only. (the more suction the better) And don’t be super aggressive or rough when vacuuming to avoid damaging the fibers. Slow, steady and thorough suction vacuuming is the best way to vacuum this carpet.

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Caring for fabric isn’t difficult. But, unlike other fabrics, upholstery fabrics can’t be thrown in the washing machine and then hung out to dry. So, we have put together some care tips to help you give your furniture the best care possible. If you are unsure which product best suites your needs, please contact your Professional Upholstery Cleaner fabric specialist.

Fabric Types
Like clothing, upholstery can be made from many different kinds of fibers. Knowing a little about these fibers will help you make the best possible choices when selecting and caring for your furniture.Synthetic Fibers
Synthetic fibers include: nylon, polyester, acrylic, olefin, microfiber. Each fiber has unique features, but most synthetic fibers are:
–  Stretch proof
–  Crease proof
–  Durable
–  Mold resistant
–  More color fast than natural fibers
–  More resistance to wear and soil abrasion than natural fibers
–  Hydrophobic – greater resistance to water based stains
–  Oleophilic – susceptible to greasy stains and build up of body oils
–  Easy to clean

Note on microfiber: Microfiber upholstery is long lasting and easy to clean, but it is made from materials nearly identical to those used to in microfiber cleaning cloths, so it will grab onto oil, dust and dirt just like the cleaning cloths so. We recommend regularly cleaning microfiber upholstery with a microfiber cleaning cloth to prevent soiling from building up. 

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Plant Fibers
Plant fibers, also called cellulosic fibers, include: cotton, linen, jute and rayon. Cotton and rayon are commonly used in upholstery fabrics, both alone and in blends.

Cotton 
–  Strong and absorbent
–  Comfortable
–  Looses strength when exposed to sunlight
–  Has a tendency to yellow
–  Can be affected by mold/mildew
–  Wrinkles
–  Hydrophilic – easily absorbs water and water based stains
–  Soils easily if not treated with fabric protection
–  Easy to clean

Rayon 
–  An artificial fiber made from wood pulp
–  Most widely used man-made fiber in upholstery
–  Often blended with cotton
–  Can resemble cotton, wool or silk
–  Soft and comfortable
–  Highly absorbent
–  Fairly resistant to wear 
–  Fair resistance to sunlight (but not prolonged exposure)
–  Can be susceptible to mold/mildew
–  Hydrophilic – easily absorbs water and water based stains
–  Soils easily if not treated with fabric protection
–  Easy to clean

Animal Fibers
Animal fibers, also called protein-based fibers include: wool and silk.

Silk
–  Luxurious look and feel
–  Resilient
–  Strongest natural fiber
–  Expensive
–  Only has fair resistance to abrasions 
–  Tends to water spot 
–  Hydrophilic – easily absorbs water and water based stains
–  Soils easily if not treated with fabric protection
–  Difficult to clean

Wool
–  Luxurious
–  Soft, warm feel
–  Durable
–  Resilient
–  Expensive
–  Can attract moths/moth damage
–  Tends to attract dust, bacteria & dirt particles
–  Soils easily if not treated with fabric protection
–  Difficult to clean

Blended Fibers
Manufactures frequently blend several different fibers together in a single fabric to combine the best qualities of each. When caring for blended fabrics you must always provide care according to the needs of the most delicate fiber. If in doubt, consult the fabric care label on your upholstery in Roseville, Ca.

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Does Fabric Need Protection?
  Natural Fibers
Natural fibers offer excellent comfort because they breathe naturally and absorb perspiration easily. However, these features also mean that they stain easily.Natural fibers are hydrophilic – they have a natural affinity for water and all water based products. They are also very susceptible to oil and grease stains, including stains caused by the fatty acids in perspiration. Unprotected, these fabrics have a short life span and are difficult to maintain. 

Fabric protection is vital for natural fibers.

Fabrics made from natural fibers should be protected before use. Some fabrics have protection applied as part of the manufacturing process, but not all. It is always a good idea to speak to your furniture retailer to find out if protection has been applied to your furniture. If you are unsure, apply fabric protection.

Fabric will need to be re-protected occasionally. Prolonged use or intense cleaning, such as steam cleaning, will cause the protective lay to wear away.

Synthetic Fibers
Many fabrics used in furniture manufacturing today are synthetic. Synthetic fibers are hydrophobic (they repel water) and inherently non absorbent, so they don’t absorb stains in the same way that natural fibers do. 

Fabric protection is not necessary for synthetic fabrics. 

It is important, however, to regularly clean synthetic fabrics. The majority of these fabrics are oleophilic – they have an affinity for oils and greasy dirt. Synthetic fabrics need to be cleaned regularly to prevent the build up of oily substances, such as perspiration, which may stain or damage the fabric. This is critical even if an application of fabric protection had been applied.

Blended Fibers
Many upholstery fabrics are blends, commonly cotton blended with a synthetic fiber  Blended fibers display the properties of all the fibers in the blend, and respond to stains accordingly. So if the fabric is a blend containing a natural fiber it is a good idea to protect it.

 

Fabric Care Labels
  By law all fabrics, including upholstery fabrics, must have a Fabric Care Label. This label is similar to the care labels you find on clothing. The Fabric Care Label may be attached to the furniture (a hang-tag or a label sewn onto the furniture) or it may be given to you separately by the furniture retailer.Different fabrics need different kind of care. The Fabric Care Label will give you the correct instructions for caring for the specific type of fabric used to upholster your furniture. ALWAYS consult the care label BEFORE attempting to clean your furniture yourself, or see your local upholstery cleaning company. 

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1. Check the Fabric Care Label 

2. Protect your furniture from sunlight 

3. Keep your furniture away from sources of direct heat

4. Vacuum your furniture every week

5. Maintain the fabric and fillings

6. Attend to spills immediately

7. Have your furniture professionally cleaned regularly.

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