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The carpet is an insulating flooring, pleasant to the touch and resistant.

Carpet in an office.

Insulating cold and noise, the carpet has replaced, over the ages to carpets, without completely dethrone. It is a quality coating, unjustly accused of hosting dust and mites. Regular maintenance helps to avoid these defects.

There are carpets of different types, colors and thicknesses for all rooms of the house.

Patterned carpet.

The quality of the material is clearly indicated by its name:

  • The needle, which is not a real carpet, but falls into the category of "flat mats", consists of fibers glued and compressed on a support.
  • Tufted carpet is a product combining a crossing of fibers with pressure bonding.
  • The woven carpet consists of natural or synthetic fibers assembled by weaving, laminated or not on a backsplash, with long hairs (long locks), irregular (curly or silky) or sliced ​​(velvet).

The different methods of laying

They vary according to the type of material and the use of the room, but also according to the way of manufacture of the carpets.

Free laying on double-sided tape
This method consists of fixing the carpet via double-sided adhesive strips placed around the periphery of the room and at the joints. This type of installation is easy to implement with a product with a latex foam backrest, more difficult with a textile backing or felt, and is only recommended for rooms with traffic is not intense or for the carpet tiles. It is the most accessible method to the amateur.

The complete collage
Glued carpeting is recommended in all rooms with heavy traffic. It prevents movement of the coating which accelerates its wear. Preferring glue a fixative which, being able to dissolve with water, makes it possible to tear off the carpet later without damage.

Laying stretched over underlay
This is the most traditional pose, the one that ensures the best comfort to the carpet. Imperative for traditional woven carpets, this pose requires great expertise. A textile sub-layer - the underlay - is laid on the floor above which the carpet is stretched from wall to wall, anchored by peripheral nailing or on spiked strips.

Glued application: step by step

Place the carpet so as to cover the room, leaving a surplus up against the walls.

Unroll the carpet.

1. Spread the carpet on the floor, providing a 5 to 10 cm overlap all around and as much for any joints.

Cut the edge with the cutter.

Cut the carpet.

2. Edge edges along skirting boards, with a sturdy cutter guided by a plaster knife, possibly with a specific cutter.

Apply the glue using a notched spatula.

Glue the carpet.

3. For a glued application, roll the carpet toward the middle of the room, then spread the glue starting at the opposite corner of the door.

Carpet maintenance

  • Daily vacuuming (an aspiro-brusheur is recommended) is essential in all rooms knowing a passage average to frequent; in lightly used areas, vacuum at least once a week.
  • Treat any spot without waiting.
  • Deep cleaning, using a machine and a suitable product, is required every 2 to 3 years depending on the intensity of the passage on the coating.
  • Never wash a carpet with large water.

Alkaline productsDab with a cloth soaked in white vinegar diluted 1/3 (*).
Alcoholic beveragesDab with a rag soaked in alcohol, 1/4 full of water (*).
Butter, fatDab with a cloth soaked in solvent; dry, then repeat the process several times (*).
FruitsDab with a rag soaked in alcohol, 1/4 full of water (*).
eggsDissolve the stain with a solvent, then rub with a cloth soaked in alcoholic water (*).
Lean sauceDab with alcoholic water, then wipe dry with a dry cloth.
MudBrush the dry mud, then rub with a solution of a tablespoon of ammonia in 1 l of water.
CandleBreak up and brush the solidified stain, place a blotter on the stain and press an iron in the "synthetic" position; repeat the operation and then dab with a cloth soaked in alcohol.
Coffee, teaLightly soak with 1/2 white vinegar + 1/2 alcohol (*).
Coffee / milk teaRub in a circle, from the center to the edges of the stain, with a solvent, then with the vinegar + alcohol mixture.
Chewing gumCover with ice cubes to harden, break, and then brush.
Waxing, waxDab with a cloth soaked in solvent.
Pen inkBlot in the blotter, then apply a textile stain remover or alcohol + water mixture, dry with blotting paper and repeat (*).
Ink, ballpoint penDab with a cloth soaked in solvent, then with another soaked with alcoholic water.
UrineBlot and treat with white vinegar for drying.
BloodBrush if dry, then treat as above.
(*) Then clean with a special carpet detergent well beyond the treated area.

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