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.

Avoid stains

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.

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Dry thoroughly

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

Fairy non-organic stain removal powder

ADDIS Superdry Plus Mop

Vanish Gold Oxi Action stain removal spray

Vanish Gold Oxi Action stain removal spray

E-cloth all-purpose cleaning cloths

E-cloth all-purpose cleaning cloths

Dr.  Beckmann Stain Devils stain remover before washing

Dr. Beckmann Stain Devils stain remover before washing

Dr. Beckmann

£ 7.63 each

Flash Magic Eraser Extra Power Cleaner

Flash Magic Eraser Extra Power Cleaner

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