Carpet Cleaning Top Tips

  • Entrance or walk-off mats
    The use of entrance mats at all outside entrances to your house is highly recommended, as it will significantly reduce the rate at which your carpets will soil. They should be as large as possible to allow most of the street dirt to be removed from shoe soles. We recommend a hard coir mat outside and a softer washable mat or rug on the inside. The mats must be cleaned or beaten regularly.
  • Fibre loss
    Many newly installed carpets, particularly those with a cut or velour pile, tend to lose fibre during the first few weeks on the floor. This effect, called shedding or fluffing, is caused by the way the yarn is spun and the carpet is made. It is no reason for alarm, but a natural phenomenon, which will stop eventually. Just vacuum the carpet a little more gently for the first few weeks and empty the dust bag or receptacle regularly.
  • Protective treatments
    Often carpets come with a protective fibre treatment to reduce problems with staining and soiling. These treatments, while effective in many ways, are not bullet-proof and will eventually wear off. Quick response to spills and regular cleaning is still required and yearly protective treatments are high recommended.
  • Pile reversal or shading
    Pile reversal, also known as shading, or – wrongly – water marking, is the effect whereby areas of velour or velvet carpet appear to become lighter or darker in colour than the surrounding area. It is an optical effect; brought about by localised changes in the direction of pile lay and made visible by the way light is reflected off the carpet surface. It is caused by traffic patterns or unevenness in the floor, but is NOT a carpet defect. Loop pile and many hard-twist carpets are not affected by this.
  • Sprouting
    Occasionally tufts may appear above the surface of the carpet. Do not pull them out, but cut them level with the surrounding tufts using small scissors.
  • Colour change
    Your carpet may change colour over time for a variety of reasons, usually due to pile flattening, gradual soiling and slight fading of the dyes used to colour the fibres. A good professional cleaning will usually restore the carpet’s appearance.
  • Draught marking
    Your carpets may show increased soiling around the edges of a room, under doors and near air ducts. This is called draught marking, soil filtration or fogging and is caused by the pile fibres filtering out dirt particles from the air blowing under skirting boards or doors, or from ducts.

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Absolutely Fabulous Ltd provided an excellent service. They replied immediately when I contacted them.The work was carried quickly, efficiently and I was extremely pleased with our stone floors when the cleaning was completed. Our stone floors look like new.
Janet M.
Janet M.
16:39 07 Oct 20
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Simon J.
Simon J.
09:05 03 Oct 20
Great response, great result and very prompt service. Darren was delightful and we were stunned by the cleaning quality. Our very pale cream carpet looked like new. We will definitely use Absolutely Fabulous again.
Christine H.
Christine H.
08:33 23 Aug 20
I've used this local family business regularly over the years to clean my carpets and rugs and have always been delighted with their service. I have recommended them to friends, and they were originally recommended to me by a family member who still uses them. Darren and Bailey work hard and effectively and are the friendliest of people. I wouldn't think of going anywhere else when I need carpet or upholstery cleaning done.
Alison H.
Alison H.
08:36 17 Aug 20
Thanks Darren and Sons - Once again a great job. My new house will look perfect once I move in next week.
Robin E.
Robin E.
22:22 14 Aug 20
Ab Fab came out to us in Henley very quickly after I spilt some red wine on our wool carpet. The stains were very quickly dealt with and our wool carpet looks good as new. Thanks guys.
Phil C.
Phil C.
08:43 28 Jul 20
Great service! Thank you so much Darren for making our settee look lovely again!
Ruth C
Ruth C
17:10 25 Oct 19
Brilliant service, fair prices. Have used them twice now, I highly recommend them.
Jill T.
Jill T.
12:57 23 Aug 19
Rather scruffy rug came back good as new. Would certainly use again and recommend. Many thanks to Darren.
Dawn K.
Dawn K.
10:22 16 Nov 18
Fantastic service, my carpets and now absolutely spotless and smelling amazing, I would highly recommend their services to anyone.
Rachel B.
Rachel B.
20:54 08 Feb 18
Great company. Have used before and would do again. Debated over buying new rug and decided to get it cleaned first and go from there. My large cream wool rug is now like new and no need to replace. Don't hesitate to use these guys... They'll prove worth it.
Juliet H.
Juliet H.
14:50 18 Dec 17
Darren and his team have cleaned my carpets and rugs many times and provide a friendly and effective service. They are indeed Absolutely fabulous!
Becky Cockman G.
Becky Cockman G.
10:04 16 Nov 17
Fantastic service from Absolutley Fabulous. Darren and Bailey were very efficent and managed to remove the stain from my cream wool carpet. Would highly reccomend!
Harry T.
Harry T.
18:54 26 Jun 17
Very pleased with the job done by Absolutely Fabulous. My sofa is looking like new. Very efficient and pleasant team.
Edwina J.
Edwina J.
17:19 28 Apr 16