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About JHS Carpets
Leading supplier of commercial carpets

Joseph, Hamilton and Seaton (JHS) have been a leading supplier of commercial carpet, contract carpet tiles and commercial floorcoverings in the UK for over 50 years.

We are a major supplier to hotels, offices, schools, nursing homes, student accommodation, hospitals, social housing, new builds and retail outlets. We have been part of the Headlam Group plc since 1999.

JHS supplies a large range of carpets, carpet tiles and other specialist floorcoverings. Our range offers the widest choice of products available to flooring contractors, architects and other specifiers. Whether you need office carpets, hotel carpets or even pub carpet – JHS have what you need.

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JHS guarantee to collect used Supa Lock Tiles at the end of their life and re-cycle them into new Supa Lock tiles. The tiles, once uplifted will be collected free of charge and returned to our recycling facility.

JHS is committed to sustaining the environment and will strive to take responsible visible decisions in an effort towards continual improvement.


As a company we take responsibility for products and services we offer with regard to the effect they have on the environment.

As a company we will commit to minimise the impact of our commercial and industrial activities I the environment.

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Installation guide

To ensure that all JHS carpets perform to the required standard the following installation procedures should be followed:

Inspect the carpet before laying is commenced and before it is cut in to
Allow the carpet to acclimatise to at least 65 degree Fahrenheit
Check for dye lot and roll sequence
Surface Preparation

The floor surface must comply with: British Standard BS 5325:1996, meaning that the floor must be clean, smooth, dry and structurally sound. Uneven concrete floors should be screeded and should be neither friable nor loose and powdery. Concrete floors laid direct to the ground should incorporate a damp proof membrane and should be sealed to prevent dust rising from joins and perimeters.

The sub floor must be free from excessive moisture, otherwise long adhesive drying times will occur.

The surface must be free from contaminates such as grease, paint, dirt etc. which will affect adhesion.

Under no circumstances should the adhesive system be directly applied to an asphalt floor, because of the likelihood of migration of material from the asphalt.

Timber floors must be smooth. If resurfacing is necessary use 6mm plywood or hardwood nailed or stapled at regular closely spaced intervals.


Direct Stick: Ensure that the carpet is cut to plan allowing for adequate pattern matching. Fit the carpet into the recommended wet adhesive. Using a power stretcher, not a kicker, stretch the pattern into register. Always seal all of the seams. Use a lino roller to get any creases out. This will allow the carpet to fully adhere to the adhesive.

Double-Stick Contract Installation System: The Double-Stick underlay system is recommended for Heavy Contract and Luxury Contract Double-stick Installations, but not recommended for use on wood block floor, unless the subfloor is able to breathe.

Unroll the Underlay, with printed side up. Cut to shape leaving the excess around the margins. Fold back one half of the underlay and using the notched trowel apply a recommended tackifier to the sub-floor ensuring coverage is complete. Allow the tackifier to dry completely and it will turn from white to clear.

Unfold the underlay onto the dry tackifier (if it is not completely dry, the underlay will bond permanently to the sub-floor).

Repeat this method with the other half of the underlay. Trim in the underlay neatly arund the margins, allowing a gap around the area if a tuck finish is required. The gap will depend on the quality and the thickness of the carpet being laid. All carpet selvedges should be stripped, where necessary, and sealed to prevent fraying. Position the carpet precisely on the underlay before any adhesive is used. All pattern matching, borders and mitred corners should be carefully pre-planned. The underlay seams should always be laid at right angles to the carpet seams. Fold back one half of the carpet and apply the adhesive with a trowel.

Unfold the carpet on to the wet adhesive and use a glider to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles and to ensure a firm bond.

The use of gripper should be considered on all double-stick installations, on account that carpet shrinkage, be it natural, caused by atmospheric conditions or carpet cleaning, may result in movement away from the walls.

Please Note: This is a general carpet installation guide; it does not include Tretford and Resilient collection. Please see individual range technical specification where installation guides will be available.

Carpet cleaning & Maintenance guide

Implementation of an adequate cleaning and maintenance regime from the time of installation of your commercial carpeting, makes it is possible to safeguard your carpet’s appearance, enhance the image of your installation and ensure continued high performance throughout its life cycle.

To avoid premature carpet replacement we recommend the following preventative measures:

Installation of barrier matting

As 80% of carpet soilage is footborne, positioning adequate barrier matting at main entrance points is vital – ideally 4 metres deep into the building, to function at maximum efficiency. The JHS Barrier Matting Collection has a range of suitable products including the Barriertex Entrance Matting System which combines shoe scraper and absorbent strips to form an effective defence against the ingress of dirt, grit and moisture into your facility. sorbent strips to form an effective defence against the ingress of dirt, grit and moisture into your facility.
Secondary matting is also effective at crisis points – in lifts, where hard surfaces meet carpet, by vending machines etc.
Matting must be vacuumed regularly and cleaned periodically or it will act as a source of soiling to adjacent areas.
Regular carpet maintenance

As carpet has the ability to conceal soilage it can appear to be clean when it is not, however, this should not result in delayed cleaning and maintenance, because when it appears dirty it can be hiding very high levels of soilage.

A Programme of Regular Carpet Maintenance should include the following elements:

Effective Vacuuming – A vital element in any Cleaning & Maintenance Regime to reduce fibre abrasion & wear. High usage areas should be vacuumed daily to prevent the unsightly build up of dry soilage – dirt ,dust and grit. Use of an upright twin motor vacuum cleaner agitates pile, removes dry soilage & enhances carpet appearance. Tub Vacuums are not as effective, unless fitted with a turbo brush attachment to agitate the fibres and loosen soiling.
Regular Spot Removal – Spots and spills usually form 5-10% of soiling, with beverages & food spills the most common. Failure to remove unsightly marks on a regular basis increases the chance of permanent staining & leads to a decline in appearance, For quick and easy spot removal use a specialised kit e.g. Host Spotting Kit or Spotzapper Kit. See also our Simple Spot & Spill Remover Guide below.
Periodic Cleaning – The required frequency for appearance retention will depend on carpet colour, type of installation and traffic flow. To allow carpet to soil excessively before cleaning can lead to premature replacement. A Carpet Maintenance Programme can be tailored to your premises and budget.
Dry Extraction Carpet Cleaning is a very effective method of deep cleaning. A cleaning compound containing absorbent particles and emulsifiers e.g. HOST, is brushed into the pile where it absorbs the soilage and is then extracted. The process minimizes disruption as it requires no drying time and enables carpets to return to use immediately. Enables carpets to be cleaned as often as required without damage or rapid resoiling.

Hot Water Extraction / Steam Cleaning involves loosening soilage from the pile and extracting the soil suspended in liquid by suction. Machines for commercial cleaning must be capable of producing at least 100lbs per sq. inch pressure with a dual vacuum extraction system to enable maximum liquid recovery. On synthetic pile carpets we recommend that the machine has a heater to enable the cleaning solution to be heated to a suitable temperature.

For Advice regarding the most appropriate carpet cleaning system for your facility; supplies of Carpet Cleaning Products; Spotting Kits and Carpet Maintenance Programmes – Call our Approved Service Partner – Beaver Floorcare 0800 0752021

Simple spot & spill remover guide

Don’t panic
Deal with spills and marks as soon as possible for increased success at removal
Never Rub or Scrub
Always apply cleaning solution to cloth or towel, not directly to carpet
• Work from the outer side of stain inwards to avoid spreading the spreading the mark & try not to over wet carpet.
Detergent Solution Mix

1 litre Lukewarm Water
1/4 teaspoon washing up liquid or carpet shampoo
4 teaspoons white vinegar
Water Based Stains – e.g. tea, coffee, fruit juices, some food stains, some water paints, blood, beer

Scrape up any solid material using spoon or spatula
Blot area immediately using absorbent material e.g. kitchen towel or use wet pick up to extract spillage.
Rewet area using sponge / cloth with lukewarm water and detergent solution then blot again
A hair dryer used after treatment can reduce marking
N.B. If spillage has dried, dampen it with detergent solution and proceed as at 2 – 4 above

Greasy Stains – e.g. butter, some oily foods , lipstick , some inks

Scrape up any solid material using spoon or spatula
Apply small amount of dry cleaning fluid or surgical spirit to cotton wool or cotton bud
Work inward to centre of mark
Blot area and repeat until stain no longer transfers
Follow as at 3 above with detergent solution and blot
Dry with hair dryer
N.B. If spillage has dried, dampen it with detergent solution and proceed as at 2 – 4 above

If marks still remain it may be necessary to use the services of a professional carpet cleaner.