Tips & Advice

How to buy carpet

  1. First thing’s first, we need to measure your room(s). You can book a FREE measure by simply ringing us. It would be nice of you to pop in if you can, see what we can offer you & get an idea of colours, patterns.
  2. We’ll ask you if you want samples to see in your own environment, and in your own natural light.
  3. We highly recommend you borrow some samples to make sure you don’t get any regrets in the future.
  4. If you can, buy new underlay. It has been proven to increase the carpets life by 40% (Which Review).
  5. We fit everything we sell and our final price includes that. Don’t be fooled by offers of ‘free fitting’. Fitting is a skill and you will certainly be paying for it somewhere.
  6. Finally buy the best floor covering you can afford. As with most things, you only get what you pay for, and Floor covering is no exception.

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Rug Care

Did you buy a top quality rug from us, and are now panicking because you don’t want to ruin it from every day ware?

  • Leave it in the sun once or twice a year, if you can find some, with the sun facing the back of the rug to destroy enzymes.
  • Lightly vacuum the back and front of the rug once a week, please do not vacuum the fringes if it has them.
  • Beat the rug once a year over a washing line to remove dust and dirt embedded deep in the pile.
  • Turn regularly to ensure the wear of the rug is even.
  • Comb or brush out fringes using a broad tooth brush.
  • Use protectors on chair legs or tables to protect the rug.

Treatment Procedures

Below are a few options for treating fresh stains on your carpet. Be careful using cleaning fluids, if you are unsure contact us and we will be able to arrange a professional clean.

Clean using a dry cleaning fluid
Scrape or blot up excess spill using a dry towel/cloth. Blot, do not rub. Repeat with dry cleaning fluid application. Dry with weighted pad of towels (blot, don’t rub).

Clean using a detergent solution
Apply detergent solution (see ‘Cleaning Solutions’) using a damp towel, leave 3-5 minutes. Blot, do not rub. If stain is removed, finish with a water rinse, blot, followed with a pad of weighted paper towels. If stain not removed continue as follows. Apply hydrogen peroxide solution (see ‘Cleaning Solutions’) let stand 2 to 3 hours under a weighted sheet of plastic wrap. Repeat application of hydrogen peroxide and dry under weighted plastic wrap until removal is complete. Apply water with damp towel. Blot – Dry with weighted pad of paper towels. Apply undiluted white vinegar, only after stain is removed.

Clean using ammonia
Scrape or blot up excess spill using a damp towel. Blot, do not rub. Apply water with damp towel. Blot – Dry with weighted pad of towels. Apply undiluted white vinegar, only after stain is removed.

Clean using ice
Scrape or blot up excess spill. Freeze with ice cubes. Shatter with blunt object such as the back of a spoon. Vacuum chips away before they melt.

Clean using Nail Polish Remover
Apply nail polish remover, non-oily acetone type – use cotton towel to apply the spill. Do not wet through to carpet backing. Pick up softened material – use clean white paper towel and push towards the centre of the spot to avoid spreading the material. Repeat above – soften and carefully remove a layer of the material each time. Haste may spread the stain and/or damage the carpet.

Clean using warm iron
Scrape off excess material. Cover with white cotton towel or brown paper. Apply warm iron until material is absorbed. Be sure towel is large enough to cover the stained area. Take care never to let the iron touch the carpet as the fibre may melt. Change towel or rotate to clean area and repeat until all area is absorbed.

Vacuuming
Vacuum away as much as possible. Loosen remaining material by tapping with a scrubbing brush or toothbrush. Tap with brush, do not scrub. Vacuum again.

Cleaning Solutions

  • Detergents: Mix 1 / 4 teaspoon clear, hand/dish washing detergent with 1 cup of warm water.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide: Mix 1 / 2 cup with 1 teaspoon ammonia.
  • Ammonia: undiluted, unscented, clear, household ammonia.
  • Dry Cleaning Fluid: Liquid, non-oily, non caustic

IMPORTANT – Some spillages despite early attention i.e. bleach, plant foods, hot tea, hot coffee and fruit cordials may result in the permanent staining of the carpet, sorry.

Wool Carpet Care

Take your shoes off – it’s not just mucky footprints you’ll prevent; soles with grips can damage carpet pile.

Vacuum every day. That’s right, every day. If your vacuum has a beater bar or brush head, even better. Always turn it off if you can, when you’ve got a loop pile carpet.

Move things around a little – reorganising your furniture can reduce wear and tear in certain places.

When carpet pile starts to look flat, vacuum against the pile to help lift it.

If your new carpet is shedding fluff, vacuum it regularly so it doesn’t clog the pile.

Deal with spills quickly so they’re less likely to stain. Mop up spills quickly and gently using a clean white cloth – don’t rub.

Don’t believe the old wife’s tales – salt and white wine aren’t good for cleaning red wine or anything else! (See us. We have the best stain removers)

If you’re using cleaning products on spills. Make sure they’re designed for wool carpets.

If in doubt, call in the experts. Your carpet is a big investment so it’s worth getting help with a tricky stain.

When your new carpet is fitted, you might notice a few little niggles while it’s getting settled in. Don’t worry they’re totally normal and won’t last long.

Shedding – all new wool carpets shed to begin with. Just vacuum regularly to stop it clogging up the pile.

Sprouting tufts – occasionally little tufts are missed when carpets are sheared smooth, and these can work their way to the surface. Never pull them, just cut them off with sharp scissors level with the rest of the carpet.

Hope this has helped some of you and if you need to know more don’t hesitate to phone or email us.

 

 

Wool vs Synthetic

Which is better: Wool vs. Synthetic?

Below are a few things to think of before you make your final choice.

If your main concern are stains (juice, pets, tea…), then synthetic may be the best option, as most are stain resistant, from basic synthetic fibres, to those treated with Teflon and other solutions.

No carpet is spill proof, but if a spill were left to soak into a wool carpet, it would eventually seep past the natural oils in the wool, and stain the fibre permanently.

Whereas in a synthetic carpet, if a spill were to be left for some time, you’re more likely to get the stain out with a heavy duty PH neutral stain removal solution. This is because the stain usually cannot penetrate into the synthetic fibres like it can natural fibres such as wool.

If your main concern is lifespan & durability, wool is recommended. A wool carpet can last a lifetime. Each wool fibre has a three- dimensional spiral shape, like a crimp. Giving it elasticity. This elasticity means that a wool fibre can stretch up to a third its original length and then bounce back just like a miniature spring. You will get the same reaction when it’s compressed. Resilience. Something wool is born with. This natural resilience permits wool carpet to withstand all the day-to-day traffic you can give it. A good wool carpet can recover easily from the unsightly crushing caused by furniture.

General dirt is not considered a stain. Wool carpet has the ability to repel day to day dirt, like a micro-fibre cloth attracts it.

The way wool is constructed on a microscopic level and the natural oils found in wool, means the dirt stays on top of the carpet. You can vacuum it up with ease.

Synthetic carpets are harder to keep clean from this perspective.

Remember we’re here to help. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

 

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Customer Reviews

We’ve just replaced the landings and stair carpets and used Direct Carpets for the 1st time Very friendly and helpful initially in the shop. Courteous estimate appointment with the extra bonus of suggesting replacement screws for the carpet brass plates so even the older ones look newer.Fitters were courteous, tidy and hard working. We are very satisfied with all aspects of the job We will be recommending and using Kyle and Dan again. Thanks guys great work 👍🏼
Claudia W.
19:26 30 Nov 21
Direct carpets helped us from the start ensuring we chose the right carpet for our lounge and television room.- also advising on the best quality underlay - the fitters were excellent - this is the first time we have used Direct Carpets - it won’t be the last .
Peter B.
16:09 19 Oct 21
Direct Carpet Co have just finished fitting carpets and vinyl flooring throughout my house. Absolutely delighted with the products and excellent fitting. Great customer service. No hesitation in recommending Kyle, Dan and their team.
Ian H.
19:06 29 Sep 21
I was delighted with the beautiful linen trim they attached onto 2 sisal carpet off cuts - which made 2 gorgeous rugs, bringing pleasure and avoiding landfill! I will use again without a doubt - excellent service too.
Joanna C.
16:04 09 Sep 21
Wow! I love my new risers from Direct Carpet Co. From start to finish, it was a smooth transaction. Kyle went above and beyond to make sure that I knew all of my options and help me to get the sisal treads that I wanted.The suggestion of the tiger eye sisal was inspired. And when I asked for the whipping to be done in a particular colour, the answer was 'of course'!Did I mention the super fast delivery?Thanks for everything, Kyle. I'm chuffed to bits with them.
Karen E.
14:33 29 Jul 21
Just had our sitting room carpet replaced. Excellent choice of products, fair price and excellent service. The carpet fitters wet brilliant, moved furniture and removed the old carpet. Highly recommend this company.
Anne J.
12:52 22 Jul 21
Excellent service from start to finish. Wonderful selection of carpets and flooring and carpets fitters are superb. Kyle and Dan and lovely to deal with and offer an excellent all round service. Would highly recommend this company.
Susan N.
16:48 10 Jul 21
They visit your home with all the pattern samples measure up in order to give you a price without any obligation or cost
Once you accept their very competitive price they agree a fitting date to suit you
The fitters arrive at the exact time and are efficient and thorough
The after sales service is excellent and the offer of an off it being made into a mat is a nice bonus
John R.
16:40 23 Jun 21
Excellent service and quality.If you are looking for a business to supply quality carpets at a very competitive price then look no further. We have just bought 2 for our home and were really impressed from start to finish. Kyle was very helpful in the Showroom and gave us some good advice as to which were the best options for our stairs. He came out and measured very quickly and then it was only a matter of days before the installation took place. Wayne did an absolutely fantastic job fitting the carpets. We were really pleased with the whole process and have already had Kyle measure up for another area we will be doing next.THANK YOU
John B.
06:14 19 Jun 21
I'm really happy with the finished results, the edging looks brilliant and has transformed my motorhome. The service was very efficient with great communication. I would certainly use again and would recommend Direct Carpet Co to anyone who wants a friendly great service. Thank you.
Peter F.
18:54 27 May 21
Wonderful service even under lockdown.Great range of carpets. Kyle's clear advice helped us choose just the right carpet for our house.The pricing was good, communication was quick and efficient and the carpet fitting team were excellent.Quality, value and service. What more could you want?
Simeon M.
19:06 11 Mar 21
Thank you so very much Kyle for the beautiful Herringbone sisal , stair runner with black taped edges , fantastic quality and great response to my order , very fast and efficient service , received my Carpet to Northern Ireland , packaged well with no damage more than impressed. Thank you for all the response made my email and phone , couldn't want for anything more 😀
vanessa M.
16:45 17 Feb 21
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