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Care & Maintenance

Laundry and Dry Cleaning
Fabrics made from manufactured fibers are usually among the easiest to clean and maintain. However some, such as microfibers or certain rayons and acetates, may need to be dry cleaned or they may require special handling during laundry. The instructions on garment care labels provide guidance in those cases. The following links contain more information on care and maintenance:

International Fabricare Institute
A good source of general information on laundering, dry cleaning and the new “wet cleaning” technology. Includes a discussion of the importance of care label instructions.

Boston Better Business Bureau
A comprehensive discussion on professional and coin-operated cleaning.

An excellent general resource and consumer guide on fabric use and care.

EPA resources for environmental concerns related to different cleaning methods:
  EPA “Wet Cleaning” Project,
and EPA Dry Cleaning Facts.

Carpet Care & Cleaning
Carpets made with manufactured fibers — usually nylon, polypropylene or polyester — offer many advantages in wear-life and stain-resistance. Proper care and cleaning of carpets can extend their useful lifes and provide significant reductions in indoor air dust and allergens. Visit the following resources for the best available information:

Carpet & Rug Institute
A good general resource on carpets and carpet care.

BASF Corporation     DuPont Stainmaster     Honeywell International     Solutia Wear-Dated
Carpet care information from leading manufacturers.

Professional Carpet Cleaning Services Website.

3M Scotchgard Protection
Professional Carpet Care and Maintenance.

Spills and Stains
Always treat new stains as soon as possible, but be aware that not all fibers are amenable to all cleanup methods. If in doubt, try the cleaning method on a piece of the material that does not show to make sure that you won't do more harm than good. The following resources provide a number of good suggestions for specific stains / fiber combinations:

A good general resource.

Stain Detective
Personalized stain problem solutions sponsored by Tide® detergent.

Spill and stain removal guide (DuPont Antron Nylon)
Q & A's, carpet first aid kit, and suggestions for common stains.

Carpet & Rug Institute
A carpet industry-wide resource.

Fabric Stain Removal Guide
A comprehensive resource on cleaners, detergents, and specific stains. Sponsored by Hi-Tech Detergents, Ltd of New Zealand.

3M Scotchgard Protection
Fabric Care and Maintenance.

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