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A CLEANER CARPET CHRONICLE AUGUST 2015 Published exclusively for clients of A Cleaner Carpet Cleaner “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” – Theodore Roosevelt In This Issue For the Love of Cotton Making a Clean Break Choosing a Great Pet Bed Boosting Your Brain Function with Exercise Recipe: Classic Macaroni Salad Client Testimonials and Quick Tips AUGUST IS For the Love of Cotton You may not know this, but cotton is the most popular fiber in the world. Why? Because it’s durable, easily dyed, absorbent, soft and comfortable to touch. These characteristics make it the fabric of choice for clothing, towels, bedding and more. 301.774.4455 301.730.1620 www.carpetcleaner.com Call now for a FREE estimate! Carpet Cleaning Upholstery Cleaning Tile and Grout Cleaning Drapery Cleaning Guaranteed Pet Odor Removal Scotchgard Carpet and Upholstery Protector Natural Stone Polishing Emergency Water Extraction upholstery differ in a number of ways from clothing, including how we clean them. When used in upholstery, cotton may be blended with other fibers that have different characteristics and dye systems. Often the fabric is made up of multiple layers and can We’re not the first people to recognize the be quite thick. This creates challenges when cleaning. Ripples and distortion to the fabric virtues of this versatile fiber. Cotton has texture are not uncommon. been cultivated globally for thousands of years. From underwear to overcoats, Second, while most cotton clothing is clothing continues to be the most designed to be washed in the laundry with common use for cotton. lots of water, detergents and agitation, The same features that make cotton ideal upholstery fabric is not. Lighter colored for clothing make it perfect for upholstery. cotton upholstery may turn brown or Like your clothing, all upholstery – yellow as the cellulose material in the cotton breaks down. Dyes may bleed or including cotton– must be cleaned run. With some cleaning agents, cotton periodically for appearance and health. fabrics can actually degrade and become Furniture manufacturers recommend cleaning every 12-24 months. Failure to do weak or even split. so can result in an unwanted appearance There is also the potential that the fabric change called soil staining. Soil staining will shrink. This leads to cushion covers not occurs when soils, oils and pollutants fitting properly, skirts and dust ruffles curling adhere to the fibers and oxidize. This can or wrinkling and other appearance problems. result in permanent dulling of colors and That’s why you should never remove cushion changes to fabric texture. covers to launder them. Aside from a certain amount of normal You can hang your clothing on a line shrinkage and potential wrinkles, most or put it in a dryer to dry. Not so with cotton clothing can be washed without upholstery. The multiple layers of fabric, any major problems. The fabrics used in Continued on next page }