Pets, toddlers, mud, spillage and general wear and tear can make a carpet appear worn, scruffy and dirty over time. It’s important to not only remove stains as quickly and efficiently as possible, but also give your carpets a spring clean every so often. New carpets can be costly to fit, and sometimes totally unnecessary. A proper deep clean, with professional equipment can give even the most tired carpet a new lease of life. Autumn is a great time of year to give your home a thorough clean, in preparation for the winter months. You can even do your rugs at the same time! We’ve put together a few tips on how to clean one-off stains and conduct a full deep clean.
No matter how careful you are, accidents happen. Pets make a mess, toddlers (and adults!) knock things over, and guests can bring in mud. Whether it’s dreaded red wine, oil, or ice cream it’s important to act swiftly, but also appropriately – different stains need different treatment to avoid exacerbating the situation. There are a number of products and tools you can use to get the best results for each type of stain.
Clean White Cloth
First and foremost, ensure you have a fresh, white cloth to ensure you aren’t adding any more dirt to the carpet. Apply it gently after removing any excess mess.
Pick a gentle washing detergent and combine with half a litre of warm water. This can be used to clean up a variety of relatively severe stains, such as eggs and chocolate. Try to blot it dry, work from the outside in so you don’t spread the stains, and follow up with some ammonia and warm water.
A traditional, and quite effective solution is using cleaning powder. Simply sprinkle it on, leave overnight and then vacuum it up the following morning.
Carpet shampoo is an effective method. However, it’s important to not apply too much, or drench the carpet. Use sparingly, and avoid scrubbing the carpet too fiercely. As with carpet powder, it’s possible to leave the shampoo to dry completely and then vacuum it up.
Surgical spirit can be used to tackle heavy duty stains such as solids, oil, tar etc and any unknown stains. It’s effective when combined with warm water, and can be combined with white vinegar and washing detergent.
This can be combined with washing detergent to create a highly effective detergent solution. Works well on solids.
How to keep your carpet clean
There are a number of ways to minimise the damage to your carpet. Here are some general tips:
- Don’t wear shoes in the house – ask your guest to take their shoes off.
- Use welcome mats at the exterior doors to catch any excess dirt as people enter the house
- Vacuum regularly – around three times per week, with a high-quality vacuum cleaner. This will reduce the inevitable accumulation of ground-in dirt, which, when combined with liquid can result in stains.
- We said it before and we’ll say it again. Don’t scrub your stain/carpet – simply blot it. If you scrub too hard, you may remove the offending stain, but you may inadvertently damage your carpet.
- In addition to excessive scrubbing, people have a tendency to apply too much water and detergent to the stained area – resulting in drenching, damage and lingering odours. Keep it as dry as possible!
Complete deep clean
Despite following the above steps religiously, your carpet will still gather dust, dirt and odours over time. Therefore, it’s important to periodically give your carpet a proper clean. Set a day aside and work through each room – you won’t regret it.
One of the first things to do it is give your house a good clean with the vacuum cleaner – this means there won’t be any excess debris before you start the proper clean – it’s good to start from a clean slate! Once you’re happy there are no crumbs or bits of fluff on the carpet, it’s time to take the next step – using a carpet cleaner.
Carpet cleaners are inexpensive to hire for a one-off job, and highly effective. They work by simultaneously applying cleaning solution and vacuuming up any heavily ingrained dirt. If you hire one for a day or two, you can enjoy a clean, fresh and fragrant carpet. If you have small children it’s particularly important to have a hygienic floor, and the best way to guarantee this is use professional cleaning equipment.
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