How to clean a carpet
From muddy shoes to weird foods, stubborn pet hair or the dreaded red wine stain, our carpets can handle a lot more than a quick vacuum can handle.
According to carpet cleaning expert Bissell, we vacuum our carpets on average once a week. And while that sounds respectable, carpets are a high-traffic area so they can be cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis to keep them looking their best.
Embedded dirt and germs are deep in the pile of carpets and can even become a paradise for house dust mites – a real nuisance for allergy sufferers.
How do I clean my carpet myself?
Here we are going to show you five simple steps to ensure your carpet gets the thorough cleaning it deserves – without having to call in the professionals.
Shampoo your carpet
Wash carpets every three months using one of our top rated carpet cleaning machines like Bissell or Vax. Choose a shampoo with a protector like Scotchgard as this will give the fibers some stain protection.
If you have space problems, you can rent a machine. Rug Doctor can be rented at most B&Q branches for around £ 22 per day.
Remove carpet notches
Heavy furniture can leave stubborn indentations and marks in carpets. To remove this, simply rub an ice cube over the affected area.
Beware of liquid stains – excessive dabbing can push the spill further into the carpet fibers and worsen the stain. As soon as they appear, treat stains with a carpet cleaner that lifts the liquid straight up.
For heavily soiled areas, you should carry out a pre-treatment. This will help move the stain from below so the carpet cleaner can lift it up.
Certain stains like chocolate and mud should be treated once the stain has dried. Food, coffee, tea and red wine should be removed when wet.
Do not let your carpet get too wet – the dyes on underlays or backing materials can leach through. Use a hair dryer to dry stained areas.
Make sure to vacuum the edges of your carpet and under the radiators with the splitting tool. This will help prevent black lines from forming around the baseboard.
Carpet cleaning set
Fairy non-organic stain removal powder
Vanish Gold Oxi Action stain removal spray
E-cloth all-purpose cleaning cloths
Dr. Beckmann Stain Devils stain remover before washing
£ 7.63 each
Flash Magic Eraser Extra Power Cleaner
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