Whether you have kids, pets or clumsy friends and family, maintaining clean carpets and rugs can feel like an impossible challenge.
When you know how it’s done, it’s surprisingly cheap and easy to get your carpets looking like brand new. Today we’re sharing how we deep clean carpets the professional way for a fraction of the cost.
There’s more to it than you’d think!
The first step, before you even think about removing any stains, is to vacuum your carpets thoroughly.
There’s actually a “correct” way to vacuum that a lot of people don’t know about. Because the carpet fibers are twisted in different directions, if you only ever vacuum in one direction, you will miss a lot of trapped dust.
Instead of just passing the vacuum back and forward, you want to approach each fiber from the back, front, left and right. To do so, start by going backward and forward and then vacuum from left to right across the room.
TOP TIP: If you’re trying to get your whole house clean, don’t forget to dust your surfaces and tidy up before vacuuming. You don’t want all of that dust and dirt settling on a clean carpet.
As we always say with big cleaning jobs, prevention is better than cure. To keep your carpets in pristine condition all year round, stick to these tips.
It’s happened to us all.
Has someone spilled a glass of red wine in your lovely living room? Have no fear!
White vinegar makes a brilliant stain remover. For best results, use when the stain is fresh.
Now for a bizarre method! Is it snowing where you are? If it is, you’re in luck.
It’s magical stuff!
Most of us have some in our kitchen cupboards, but have you ever used baking soda to clean your carpets?
The best action to take when you discover a piece of chewing gum in your carpet is to work as quickly as possible. Follow these simple steps:
It might surprise you to hear that you should never use warm water to clean up blood. Warm water sets blood stains further into the carpet rather than removing them. For that reason, you should always use cold water and clean the blood as soon as you can.
If the stain has already dried into your carpet, you can use hydrogen peroxide and an enzyme cleaner. Enzyme cleaners are great for protein-based stains, so you can also use them to clean urine and feces.
How many times have you knocked over a bottle of nail polish?
Removing nail polish from carpets can go very wrong if you don’t know what you’re doing.
If you’d rather stick to commercial methods, hiring a carpet shampooer is a popular choice. If you opt for this route, be sure to follow these steps:
TOP TIP: If you can’t remove furniture from a room, slide some aluminium foil or greaseproof paper underneath the furniture legs to protect it from moisture.
Get rid of that pet smell!
If your carpets are giving off a nasty smell, it’s quite easy to absorb it with baking soda. All you need to do is sprinkle the powder onto the surface of the carpet and leave it to sit for as long as possible. We’d recommend leaving overnight for best results. Once it’s been left for long enough, vacuum your carpet.
You can also use white vinegar to deodorize carpets. Fill a spray bottle with warm water and then add 1 tbsp of vinegar and 1 tsp of baking soda. Give the bottle a gentle shake to combine the ingredients. When you spray the solution onto your carpets there might be a faint smell of vinegar, but this will soon disappear.
Yes, you can. Furniture dents can make an otherwise clean carpet look like it’s in need of some serious help. To rescue a dented carpet, simply place ice cubes in the crevices. The ice cubes will melt and help fluff up the fibres.
If possible, you should protect the underside of the carpet so that you don’t end up with a mould problem. Be sure to dry the area well afterward.
Steam cleaning your carpets will kill adult fleas and bed bugs. It might not get rid of all the eggs and young larvae, because these are much smaller and harder to remove. Exterminators will guarantee that your home is free from pests, but this will involve the use of harsh chemicals.
Carpets can trap dust, pollen, pet hair, and other allergens, so cleaning your carpets on a regular basis will help to reduce allergy symptoms. That said, using a cleaning method that involves moisture can irritate allergies. This is because the number of mould spores can multiply.
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