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TAKING CARE OF YOUR REBTEX RUG
Congratulations on purchasing a high-quality natural fibre or woven vinyl Rebtex floor covering! As with any floor covering, you'll need to perform some regular maintenace.

Daily vacuuming is required to maintain your carpets. A thorough cleaning with a dry powder is recommended every 6 months, depending how much traffic it receives. Sprinkle the dry powder of a reputable brand on the carpet, leave for a while and vacuum.

The rubber backing is a natural latex that will crumble in time. A rug, if not fitted with a supporting underlay should be lifted and swept out regularly.
COMMON SPILLS & SOLUTIONS
As with all spills speed in terms of blotting the spill is very important! Here are a few tips that will help with saving your rug:
  • Dab the spill and dry with paper towelling as quickly as possible
  • Remove solid substances using a knife or spoon, working from the outside towards the centre of the spill, always observe the fibre direction
  • Do not drench the carpet or on one spot
  • Apply the cleaning solution (see the guide below)
  • After cleaning cover the wet spots with a good absorbent cloth or tissue
  • Place a heavy object on the covered spot
  • Do not walk on the treated area until it is completely dry

Cleaning guide
The following list is provided to assist you in the event of a spill:

SPILL TYPERECOMMENDED SOLUTION
Alcohol20% shampoo + 5% vinegar & 75% water
BeerShampoo + vinegar and lukewarm water
BloodOld stains: shampoo with 5% ammonia, and then dab with vinegar (do not use warm water)
New stains: Cold water and salt
ButterA hot iron (below 100 degrees C on a cloth, clean with shampoo + vinegar + water
Carpet glueRemove immediately using acetone or alcohol
Chewing gumTreat with special stain remover, cover with ice until set hard - crumble and scrape off the residue using a spoon, observing the fibre direction
ChocolateTepid water + 5% ammonia
Coffee / teaWater + shampoo + 10% ammonia
ColaShampoo + vinegar + water
EggShampoo + cold water + vinegar or 5% ammonia
Grease / grassDab with paper towelling, apply shampoo + vinegar
Ball pointWater
Jam / HoneyLukewarm water and cloth
LacquerDab with white spirit - do not rub
Latex paintDo not let stain dry - water + shampoo
LipstickWater + shampoo - alcohol if necessary
MouldWater + 5% ammonia
MudDry and scrape off and vacuum - if a still stain exists apply 1 big spoon ammonia / l water
Nail polishUse acetone and rinse with water
Oil paintDab with white spirit - do not rub
Red wineImmediately dab - vinegar and white wine can be used
Sauce / oilDry carpet powder - water and alcohol
MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS
Appearance Retention
Rebtex sisal carpets are not chosen on eco-friendly attributes alone and in addition achieve the highest durability ratings from SABS. It is a documented fact that sisal fibres are the toughest natural fibre plants available.

Natural Tannins
It is an accepted fact that due to the woven structure, (As opposed to tufted/needle punched), woven carpets are easier to maintain. In addition to being woven, Sisal carpets contain natural tannins that are irritants to dust mites and therefore harbor less of these pests. Normal vacuum cleaning is required to maintain your carpets in excellent condition

Commercial
Maintenance in commercial installations is always a concern, no matter what the floor covering. As Sisal carpets are woven high level maintenance is achieved by regular vacuuming. A periodic and tailored maintenance programme will prolong the design life of your covering and preserve its original appearance.

Rebtex Fibregard
The concern of maintenance of floor-coverings against spills is a constant concern for any floor covering. In answering this need Rebtex developed the unique Rebtex Fibregard process:
  • Unlike conventional treatments that only coat the top of the floor covering and tend to wash or wear away over time, the unique application method of the Rebtex Fibregard coats every individual fibre throughout the carpet. The benefit therefore is Rebtex Fibregard builds spill resistance into every fibre of the carpet to achieve unsurpassed durability, without sacrificing the natural breathability of the sisal. In the event of a spill Rebtex Fibregard buys those precious moments to blot up the spill before it becomes a stain.
See above for a list of remedies that may be useful.

Rebtex Jute
Rebtex Jute is an imported hand woven product. There is no fibre protection as with the Rebtex Fibregard treatment on sisal. Jute is a hydroscopic fibre and therefore will absorb liquids. Therefore in the event of any liquid spill on Jute immediate action is required.
  • Blotting (as opposed to wiping) with a dry paper or equivalent towel until all the liquid has been absorbed is vital.
  • Dry powder cleaning products can be applied after the spill is completely blotted up and must be applied in accordance with the supplier instructions.
See above for a list of remedies that may be useful.

Rebtex Coir
Rebtex Coir is an imported hand woven product. There is no fibre protection as with the Rebtex Fibregard treatment on sisal. Coir is a hydroscopic fibre and therefore will absorb liquids. Therefore in the event of any liquid spill on Coir immediate action is required.
  • Blotting (as opposed to wiping) with a dry paper or equivalent towel until all the liquid has been absorbed is vital.
  • Dry powder cleaning products can be applied after the spill is completely blotted up and must be applied in accordance with the supplier instructions.
See above for a list of remedies that may be useful.