Carpets give a home a warm and welcoming feel, but in order to keep them looking smart and ensure they have a long life they need proper and regular carpet cleaning.
The starting point for carpet cleaning is regular vacuuming. This needs to be done at least once a week, more often in areas that get heavy traffic. Vacuuming gets rid of dust and grit that can damage the carpet fibres, and it’s best to go over areas several times in overlapping strokes to make sure they’re thoroughly clean. Every few weeks take some extra time to run around the edges with a crevice tool.
Spills and Stains
It’s always best to tackle spills as soon as possible. Use kitchen paper or a cloth to remove as much of the spill as possible, using a blotting action rather than rubbing so that you don’t spread the stain. If you need to use a cleaning solution, test it in a hidden area first to make sure it won’t discolour the carpet. Again, don’t scrub the stain – apply the cleaner, let it dry then vacuum it up.
Apply the cleaner from the edge of the stain and work inwards, to avoid spreading the mark. You can remove excess moisture and brush the pile back into shape with a clean towel.
Some things are difficult to remove. If you get candle wax on your carpet, use an ice cube to harden it so it can then be picked off. This works with chewing gum too. Marks like chocolate, fruit juice, coffee and alcohol can be removed with a solution of two pints of warm water, a teaspoon of white vinegar and a teaspoon of mild detergent. Apply the solution to the stain, rinse with clean water, dry and then vacuum.