J&W Carpets

We frequently get asked about how to measure a room, stairs and top landing

Measure a Room

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Our first recommendation is that you call your J&W Carpets local branch and we'll gladly come out and measure your room for you - FREE

Measure a Top Landing

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However - If you feel that you can do this yourself, or that you just want an idea of the size of carpet you need to buy, then our guides will help you

Measure Stairs

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MAINTENANCE

Vacuum cleaning is vital in maintaining the carpets appearance and preventing severe deterioration. In areas of high use, or where local conditions dictate, this should be done daily to remolve dry soil, dust and grit, which can damage carpet fibres, and to restore flattened pile to an upright position

An upright cleaner, with strong suction and rotating brushes, is the most effective in this, provided that the dust container is emptied frequently. Much of the efficiency is lost as these fill up. Use suction only type cleaners on loop pile carpets.

ACCIDENTAL SPILLAGES / SPOT CLEANING

It is vital that accidental spillages are dealt with both very quickly and correctly as failure to do so can result in carpets being permanently marked or damaged.

Any hot liquid that contains colour such as tea or coffee, simulates dye conditions and it is vital that the substance is removed from the carpet immediately.

Scotchguard treatments, in line with all other protective treatments, provide stain resistance only - THEY DO NOT PROVIDE STAIN PROOFING. Their effectiveness is still dependent on prompt and correct treatment of stains and spillages.

GOLDEN RULES FOR STAINS AND SPILLAGES

  1. NEVER USE WASHING UP LIQUIDS. Scoop up solids with a knife or spoon.
  2. ALWAYS blot up the spillage using white absorbent paper, until no more shows on the paper when pressure is applied.
  3. Before treating the stain, test treatments on an inconspicuous part of the carpet for possible colour change.
  4. With a blotting or dabbing motion, work inwards from the edges of the stain to prevent it spreading. NEVER rub or scrub at the surface of the pile, this will damage the carpet surface very badly and leave a premanent mark.
  5. When attempting to remove stains, ensure the carpet is dry before proceeding to the next step. Once all the spillage has been removed, if necessary dab the affected area with clean tepid water, taking care not to over wet the carpet, and working inwards from the edges to prevent spreading, then blot by applying pressure with absorbent wite material.
  6. Once the stain is removed, allow area to dry and at the same time, ensure that the pile is lying in the same direction as the main carpet. When thoroughly dry, brush the pile very gently to loosen any residues. The area can then be vacuum cleaned to remove all traces of both the stain and the treatment.
  7. NEVER walk on or place objects on damp carpets.

Where accidental staining has taken place and not been detected for some time, the services of a professional cleaning company should be sought as the substances will have penetrated and dried into, the fibres of the carpet.


 

How to Measure a Room

You will need a tape measure, pen or pencil, paper and calculator to hand.

When measuring a room, simply measure from the furthest skirting board at the longest and widest points of the room.

Take care to measure into any bay windows and door frames, as carpet should end under a door.

Always add 5cm (2") minimum to both the length and width of the carpet measurements.

The majority of carpets are 4 metres and sometimes 5 metres in width, therefore, once you have ascertained the room width, you will need to check that it is less than the width of the carpet you are buying to avoid any joins.

When measuring your room, you should always ensure that you keep the flooring running in the same direction to maintain texture, pattern and colour consistency. If you change the direction then the pattern, texture and the pile of the carpet will reflect the light differently.

Please note, these are helpful tips only and should not be taken as an installation guide. If in doubt, we recommend you contact a professional fitter...

or call your nearest J&W store for our FREE measuring service.


 

Measuring Hall, Stairs and Landing

First measure your hall as if it was a square room.

Remember to measure in to doorways and to the maximum points in the hall.

Make sure when measuring the landing that you measure from the threshold of the door across the landing and over the the nosing down on to the first step.

Note where the stairs enter the hall.

Always add 5cm (2") minimum to both the length and width of the carpet measurements.

The width of the carpet has to be rounded up to 4 or 5 metres in width depending on the carpet

Please note, these are helpful tips only and should not be taken as an installation guide. If in doubt, we recommend you contact a professional fitter...

or call your nearest J&W store for our FREE measuring service.


 

How to measure stairs

Count how many stairs there are.

Next measure the length and width of one step

For ease, and if they are all the same - i.e. no curves in your stairs - you can then multiply this by the number of steps.

This will then give you the width and length you need.

Always add 5cm (2") minimum to the length and width of the carpet measurements. The width of the carpet has to be rounded up to 4 or 5 metres in width depending on the carpet ordered.

The most economical way to fit a stair carpet is to use the width of the carpet cut in strips across the width and fitted to the stairs with joins where the riser meets the step. Fitting in this way minimises wastage and ensures the pile runs in the same direction as the hall or landing, thereby avoiding shade variation.

A qualified carpet fitter will be able to measure your hall, stairs and landing to minimise wastage and ensure a professional matched installation.

Please note, these are helpful tips only and should not be taken as an installation guide. If in doubt, we recommend you contact a professional fitter...

or call your nearest J&W store for our FREE measuring service.


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