Pets, toddlers, mud, spillage and general wear and tear can make a carpet appear worn, scruffy and dirty over time. It’s important to not only remove stains as quickly and efficiently as possible, but also give your carpets a spring clean every so often.
New carpets can be costly to fit, and sometimes totally unnecessary. A proper deep clean, with professional equipment can give even the most tired carpet a new lease of life. Autumn is a great time of year to give your home a thorough clean, in preparation for the winter months. You can even do your rugs at the same time!
We’ve put together a few tips on how to clean a carpet, remove one-off stains and conduct a full deep clean.
If you’re ready to get to work and clean those carpets, HSS have the equipment and tools you need to complete the job effectively.
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No matter how careful you are, accidents happen. Pets make a mess, toddlers (and adults!) knock things over, and guests can bring in mud. Whether it’s dreaded red wine stains, paint stains, oil or ice cream, it’s important to act swiftly. As we all know too well, these markings cannot be removed easily – different stains need different treatments to avoid exacerbating the situation. There are a number of products and tools you can use to get the best results for each type of stain.
Remove the excess water and dry the area
First and foremost, ensure you have a fresh, white cloth to ensure you aren’t adding any more dirt to the carpet. Apply the clean cloth gently after removing any excess mess with a paper towel. It's best to tap the wet area rather than rub, as this can instantly create a wider affected area and require additional work to remove it.
Use washing detergent
Pick a gentle washing detergent and combine with half a litre of warm water in a spray bottle. This can be used to clean up a variety of relatively severe stains, such as eggs and chocolate. Gently rub the soapy water into the area with a wet cloth, work from the outside in so you don’t spread the stains, and follow up with some ammonia and warm water. Be careful not to use hot water as this can cause the stain to spread and soak deeper into the carpet pile.
Dig out some cleaning powder or sprinkle baking soda
A traditional, and quite effective solution is using cleaning powder. Simply sprinkle it on, leave overnight and then vacuum it up the following morning. Baking soda is known to be just as effective when used in the same way. Side note: baking soda works particularly well to lift pet hairs from a carpet, too!
Try using specialist carpet shampoo
Carpet shampoo is an effective method. However, it’s important to not apply too much, or drench the carpet. Use sparingly, and avoid scrubbing the carpet too fiercely. As with carpet powder, it’s possible to leave the shampoo to dry completely and then vacuum it up.
Use surgical spirit for heavy duty stains
Surgical spirit can be used to tackle heavy duty stains such as solids, oil, tar etc and any unknown stains. It’s effective when combined with warm water, and can be combined with white vinegar and washing detergent.
Mix white vinegar with water for a homemade solution
Tough stains such as blood and wine can also be removed with a cold water and white vinegar solution. This will work deeply into the stain, making it easier to remove and lighten the coloured stain with a microfiber cloth. Leave the mixture to soak into the carpet for at least 5 minutes before removing. We recommend going over this with carpet shampoo or laundry detergent to add a nicer fragrance afterward.