You may think that the world’s most beautiful carpets are those made from the finest silks, in rich, lustrous colours. Normally we’d agree, but there’s one exception.
Even if your standards of domestic cleanliness are high, there’s a good chance that if you have carpets, they’re a hotbed for all kinds of microscopic insects and germs.
Wool carpets provide a soft feel, pleasing look and depth of colour that can’t truly be replicated by synthetic fibres.
Silk carpets and rugs have a natural shimmer and smooth, soft texture that can’t be beaten by other materials. Composed largely of a protein called fibroin, silk is also surprisingly strong.
Accidents happen and whether it’s a child with a nose bleed, an animal with an injured paw or a more serious injury, it’s not uncommon for blood to make it onto household carpets.
When it comes to housekeeping, it can help to have a clear schedule in mind, especially for tasks that don’t have to be handled on a weekly basis and so are easy to overlook.
Cats, particularly unneutered males, tend to mark their territory by spraying urine on carpets, clothing and curtains. This leaves a pungent odour that worsens over time.
Pathogens are microscopic organisms harmful to humans. Bacteria, mould and viruses can all invade your home, settle deep into carpet fibres and multiply without you knowing they’re there.
Rare, hand-knotted oriental silk carpets are sought-after treasures that demand some of the highest prices in the world.
Permanent marker pens are handy when you need to make indelible marks on clothing. In the wrong hands, however, they can wreak untold damage.