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
Your carpet is an important investment in your home and maintaining it correctly will lengthen the life of your carpet as well as aiding in keeping your home looking and feeling clean. Some important steps you can take to keep your carpet in top condition are:
Regular and thorough vacuuming is the most important thing you can do to care for your carpet. Carpets should be vacuumed at least weekly, paying particular attention to high traffic areas such as entrances and living/dining areas. Invest in a high quality vacuum cleaner as the cheaper models only pick up surface dirt and do little to prolong the life of your carpet.
Use mats at all entrance ways. The use of mats can greatly reduce the amount of soil entering your home from outside areas. Have a ‘shoes off – socks on’ policy, and ask people to remove shoes when they enter your home. Shoes can carry fine particles of dirt and oily substances which can potentially be very harmful to your carpet.
Move your furniture around
To prevent premature carpet wear and deep soiling in high traffic areas, rotate your furniture occasionally.
Attend to spills and stains immediately
The earlier spills and stains are treated, the easier they are to remove. Once a stain sets it can be very problematic to remove and nothing ages a carpet more than unsightly stains. (See below for a comprehensive stain removal guide)
Get your carpets professionally cleaned regularly.
While vacuuming will remove the dry dirt from your carpets, oily, sticky soil will still accumulate from a variety of sources – air pollution, tracked in dirt and sometimes even cooking vapours. Professional cleaning is necessary to remove dirt that has built up over time, and this deep cleaning will also minimise dust mites which can cause many health problems. Professional cleaning should be done 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.