Barrier mats
Barrier mats to help keep your carpet clean. All types of flooring get dirty although some show soiling more than others. Wool-rich carpets, because of the nature of the wool fibre, will generally hide soiling better than synthetic products and will also be easier to clean. However, it is a good idea to use small mats or an off-cut of your new carpet in kitchen doorways or in other areas where the carpet is next to a hard floor to prevent greasy spots from spreading to the carpet. Doorways, where there is street access, will also benefit from a small off-cut or rug. Please remember to keep these mats clean so that soil does not spread from them to the carpet. The Big Red Carpet Company recommends upright vacuum cleaners or canisters with power brush attachments for cut pile carpets. For loop-pile carpets, we recommend a cylinder vacuum cleaner without a brushing action or an upright machine with the brushes raised or turned off, this is recommended to slow down any pilling issues.

Vacuuming is the most important thing you can do to keep your carpet clean. You cannot over-vacuum a carpet! We recommend an upright vacuum cleaner with a cylindrical brushing action or a cylinder vacuum cleaner with a power-brush attachment, for cut-pile carpets.


The key to good carpet maintenance is to avoid particles of loose dirt and dust from working their way into the carpet pile where they will act abrasively on the fibres and discolour the carpet.

Man-made fibre carpets and wool twist pile carpets should be vacuumed regularly as soon as they are laid to pick up any isolated particles.


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