Custodial Maintenance > Carpet and Upholstery Care

Carpet and Upholstery Care

Course Number: 855

The Carpet and Upholstery Care textbook covers the many kinds of carpet in use today. It explains the importance of preventive maintenance and gives step-by-step explanations of the various carpet-cleaning methods available, explaining which is best to use on different types of carpet. The textbook describes stretching, bleeding, insect attack, and many other carpet problems, and suggests remedies. It concludes with coverage of upholstery fabrics and their care.

Does your curriculum require additional topics not included in this textbook?  Build a customized version of the Carpet and Upholstery Care textbook below.

Recommended Contact Hours – 8

Preview a Chapter

Preview a Chapter

Available Supporting Material

  • Table of Contents
  • My Custom Book
  • Exam Copies
  • Suggested Titles

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Carpet Materials and Construction

Topics: Carpet construction; Types of carpets; Carpet padding and installation; Carpet color

Learning Objectives:

  • Name the different parts of a carpet and explain the function of each.
  • Compare the natural and synthetic fibers used in carpet yarns, and list the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  • Describe the construction of the major types of carpet.
  • Explain why padding or cushioning is used under carpet, and describe the different padding materials, both natural and synthetic.
  • Explain how problems can develop in a carpet that is not installed correctly.

Chapter 2: Preventive Maintenance & Routine Carpet Cleaning

Topics: Dirt-catching devices; Routine vacuuming; Vacuum cleaners; Static electricity treatment; Protecting carpet yarn from crushing

Learning Objectives:

  • Name the sources of soil that make a carpet dirty.
  • Name the common types of dirt-catching devices, and explain how each works and where it is used.
  • List the steps that you should take to police an area for preventive carpet maintenance.
  • Explain how weekly vacuuming differs from daily vacuuming, and tell what kind of equipment is used for each.
  • Name the parts of a vacuum cleaner, and explain how the vacuum works.
  • Explain how to care for carpet in germ-sensitive areas.
  • List conditions that lead to static buildup, and explain how carpets can be treated to prevent it.
  • Describe the devices that prevent furniture and chair legs from crushing carpet yarn.

Chapter 3: Periodic Carpet Cleaning

Topics: Shampooing frequency, methods; Water extraction; Dry powder, foam shampooing; Wet foam shampooing; Sanitizing; Soil retardants

Learning Objectives:

  • List the factors that help to determine how often you should shampoo a carpet.
  • Name the four most common carpet shampooing methods.
  • Explain how to make an area ready for shampooing.
  • Describe each of the following shampooing methods: water extraction, dry powder, dry foam, and wet foam.
  • List advantages and disadvantages of each of the above shampooing methods.
  • Explain how to "set the pile" of a carpet after shampooing and tell why it is important.

Chapter 4: Carpet Care Problems

Topics: Uneven wear; Rippling; Seam problems; Shedding and pilling; Bleeding; Fading; Rapid soiling; Crushing; Mildew; Electric shocks; Insect attack; Stains; Burns; Spot repairs

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe several ways of dealing with uneven carpet wear.
  • Define the terms stretching, buckling, and rippling.
  • Describe the problems that can occur in carpet seams.
  • List the carpet problems commonly handled by a custodian as well as those that require the services of an expert.
  • Explain how the problems of shedding, sprouting, and pilling differ.
  • Name the five most common causes of rapid carpet soiling.
  • Explain how to repair crushed pile yarns, cigarette burns, and mildew in carpet.
  • Explain the step-by-step procedure for removing an unknown stain from a carpet.

Chapter 5: Upholstery Care

Topics: Upholstery fabric types; Weave and texture; Nonwoven fabric; Padding and filling materials; Routine care; Shampooing; Special problems

Learning Objectives:

  • List the natural and synthetic fibers most frequently used in upholstery fabrics.
  • Name the tasks that you should perform as part of daily and weekly upholstery care.
  • List the procedures and materials that you should use to remove stains from upholstery.
  • Explain why it is important to know what padding or filling materials are underneath upholstery before you shampoo it.
  • Describe the step-by-step procedure for preparing to shampoo upholstery.
  • Describe wet foam, dry foam, water extraction, and liquid dry cleaning shampooing methods.
  • Explain how to solve common upholstery problems, and recognize when to call an expert.

Add Chapters to Your Custom Book

Select Chapter(s):

  •    Chapter 1: Carpet Materials and Construction
  •    Chapter 2: Preventive Maintenance & Routine Carpet Cleaning
  •    Chapter 3: Periodic Carpet Cleaning
  •    Chapter 4: Carpet Care Problems
  •    Chapter 5: Upholstery Care

My Custom Book

    Create a custom book that contains only the training content that your students need to succeed

    Our topics cover a broad and diverse spectrum of subject matter, from reading blueprints to electrical schematics, measurement to rigging and safety, material handling to welding, and everything in between! Choose only the lessons that meet your specific curriculum requirements.

    Request Exam Copies

    Exam Copies

    Ready to see a copy of our textbooks? After selecting which textbooks you’d like to review for your course, you can submit your request by either logging in or creating an account so we know where to ship your exam copies. A representative from Schoolcraft will contact you to confirm and finish processing your request.

    Exam copies are always free and yours to keep.

    Selected Exam Copies

      none selected

      * Maximum of five copies can be ordered



      750 W. Lake Cook Road, Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089   ●   Phone: 800.837.1255   ●   © 2018 Schoolcraft Publishing, a TPC Training Company