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How to care for carpets

Carpets don't have to be difficult to maintain, as long as you know how. HL got some insights from Mehran Zarrebini of Van Dyck Carpets on how to make carpet life a breeze: Removing red wine stains According to Mehran, 'the first thing you must do is blot up as much of the spilled wine as possible. To clean the spill you can use either water or a mix consisting of one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with a tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of warm water. Take a clean, white cloth and sponge the stain with the solution. Apply a little bit at a time, blotting frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears.' If you’re using the detergent/vinegar solution, sponge with some cold water afterwards and blot dry. Removing oil stains 'Begin by using paper towels to soak up as much of the oil as possible and then cover the area with cornstarch or powder. Brush it lightly over the areas, allowing it to work into the fibres, and then leave it for about an hour to soak up the oil,' explains Mehran. Next, 'vacuum the area to remove the cornstarch or powder and, if the spill was large, repeat the steps.' Once this is done, apply a small amount of grease-fighting dishwashing liquid, which must be spread on the spill forming a thin layer using your fingers.  'Gently scrub the liquid in using a soft brush or old toothbrush. To remove the detergent, pour a small amount of water onto the area and use a clean cloth to blot it up. Keep doing this until all the soap is removed.' Lastly, use a carpet cleaner, vacuuming the area and then allow it to dry. What carpets to buy if you have indoor pets? 'Pet owners looking for a new carpet have two main priorities; stain resistance and durability,' Mehran says. Wall-to-wall carpeting is generally preferred by the pets themselves who tend to spend most of their time sleeping on the floor. The nonslip surface of carpets can also be safer for animals whose footpads can slide on tile and hardwood flooring. 'Carpet also absorbs sound and can make your home a more peaceful place to live,' said Mehran. He suggets asking for carpets which have been specifically designed to prevent pet stains from soaking through to the carpet underlay. “You might also consider carpet tiles, which make replacing damaged sections of the carpet easier.' The use of different colours and patterns can hide pet hair and these can also be considered when choosing a new carpet. And for those suffering from asthma, carpeting with pets doesn’t need to be a concern. Van Dyck is the oldest Durban-based carpet manufacturing company. For more information contact Mehran Zarrebini on 031 913 3800 or visit