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INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE

An antique carpet is a durable work of art that is meant to be lived with. Adopting a simple approach to maintenance can keep your carpet healthy for years to come, ready to be passed on to next generations.

Padding: The first course of maintenance for any fine carpet is proper installation. Not only does padding create a finished look to your antique, it is necessary to the long-term well being of any carpet. Offering this extra layer of protection ensures stability, guards against inevitable furniture and traffic wear, as well as providing welcomed noise reduction.

Regular Vacuuming or dusting: While natural fibers provide an excellent barrier to sub-surface dirt particles, weekly vacuuming is generally the best course for consistent maintenance. With a gentle hand and low suction pressure vacuum the fibers in the smooth direction of the pile. Pay keen attention to fringed ends and side selvedges as these can be torn or frayed by aggressive action.

Washing and spot cleaning: Depending upon person wear and tear, most carpets benefit from a professional washing every four to five years. We offer complete cleaning and restoration care at Stark Carpet with mindful attention paid to your pick up and re-installation needs. Accidents and spills are an inherent part of actively living with and enjoying your antique. The best advice with any issue is to attend to it as soon as possible. Blot up excess, use a blotting agent like powder for oily based spills while many liquid spills respond to blotting with seltzer water or a very weak soapy solution. With any spot cleaning, drying thoroughly without contact to your floor is imperative.

Avoid wetness: Water damage is by far the most common culprit to an antiques well being. Assure that plants are kept well off of carpets and if extreme wetness does occur, blot as much as possible, then slightly elevate off of floor until completely dry.

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