Here are some real handy Carpet Cleaning tips that you can always refer back to. We will be adding more each week for easy reference.
Carpet Cleaning Tips
An important investment in your home is your carpet, so it is important to maintain it correctly to lengthen its life and also to keep your home looking and feeling clean. Below are some important tips to help keep your carpet in good condition.
Vacuum your carpets thoroughly at least once a week. This is the most important thing you can do to care for your carpet, and particular attention should be paid to high traffic areas such as living/dining areas and entrances. Don’t skimp on the quality of your vacuum cleaner – the cheaper models only pick up surface dirt and do not help to prolong the life of your carpet.
Using mats at all entranceways can greatly reduce the amount of dirt and soil being tracked into your home from outside areas. Another way to reduce soiling is to have a ‘socks only’ policy, and ensure that everybody removes their shoes before entering your home. Fine particles of dirt and oily substances can be carried on shoes and these can potentially be very harmful to your carpet.
Move your furniture around
Moving your furniture around periodically can help to prevent premature carpet wearing and deep soiling in high traffic areas.
Attend to spills and stains immediately
Once a stain sets it can be very difficult to remove, so ensuring that spills and stains are treated as early as possible. (See below for our stain removal guide)
Get your carpets professionally cleaned regularly
Vacuuming will remove the dry dirt from your carpets but will not prevent the accumulation of oily and sticky soil. These oily and sticky soils come from a variety of sources – air pollution, cooking vapours and tracked in dirt. Carpets need to be deep cleaned professionally to remove this build-up of dirt, and this deep cleaning will also help minimise dust mites which can be the cause of a variety of health problems. Professional carpet cleaning should be carried out every 6 – 12 months.
Stain Removal Advice
- Attend to spills immediately
- Avoid spreading the stain by working from the outside towards the centre
- Blot excess liquid with an absorbent towel
- Dilute the stain with warm water and blot again
- Use cold water for protein spills such as milk or blood
- Avoid using bleach
- Use a warm water and detergent mix for difficult stains (1 teaspoon of detergent: 1 litre of water)
- Always perform a colour fast test before using an ‘off the shelf stain remover’ – this is especially important for woolen carpets.
- Rub or scrub the stain – this will work the stain deeper into the carpet
- Overuse solvents such as turps and dry cleaning fluid – this can damage the carpet backing
- Use salt to draw up the liquid – a colour fast towel does a much better job with much less mess
- Use washing machine or dishwasher powder to treat stains – these products are high pH and should not be used on any carpets.
Some common stain removers that can be found in the home include make up remover, methylated spirits, turps, soap, vinegar, dishwashing liquid, nail polish remover and eucalyptus oil.
If you are unable to remove a fresh stain, keep it covered with a moist towel to avoid the stain setting, and call a professional carpet cleaner who has access to the necessary products and equipment to remove difficult stains.