Carpet Cleaning Tips
Having a carpet in your home creates the feel of luxury. However, carpets are also very difficult to keep clean, especially when you have opted for a carpet of a lighter colour such as beige or cream. As soon as someone brings in a bit of mud from their shoe or the kids spill a glass of squash, you are faced with a stain that needs to be removed. The longer you leave this stain the more likely it is to set- meaning you will struggle to get it out completely when you attempt to.
There are many stories and old wives tales which give solutions for removing tough stains- some of them work, and some of them do not. Here at Wrennalls, we have tried and tested some of these supposed techniques and are going to share some of them with you, as well as some other tips. If you are looking for better results when cleaning your carpets then rely on us to give you some tips in this article. When trying these out we suggest that you test on a small area of your carpet before trying it on the larger surface area.
It is important that you keep your carpets clean throughout the year. Although these tips will certainly help avoid any major marks appearing, it is advised that you get your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year in order to keep them in tip-top condition. Wrennalls are renowned throughout the North West for our carpet cleaning expertise and always go above and beyond when it comes to completing the job to the highest level and leaving our customers feeling more than satisfied.
Vacuuming- The Basics
- We advise that your vacuum all your carpets at least once a week. This doesn’t mean just a slapdash job either, you need to make sure you are picking up all the excess dirt and debris left on/in the carpet to ensure it’s kept in good condition. If your carpet is subject to heavy traffic you will need to vacuuming more regularly. Frequent vacuuming increases the life of your carpet by preventing a buildup of gritty particles that can cut carpet fibres. You may need to pay more attention to areas around the walls and crevices such as radiators as these are often neglected.
- Break it up- mentally split the carpet into sections and concentrate on that section until you feel you have got a good coverage.
- Don’t rush- make sure you take your time when vacuuming, especially a plush carpet where dirt can get deep into the material. As mentioned in the previous point, go over the section a few times until you think the dirt and dust have been lifted.
- There are likely to be parts of the carpet that get trodden on more regularly. Pay more attention to these areas as they will get damaged more easily. Pay special attention to the areas where people sit and move their feet. Vacuum these areas of heavy traffic with a crisscross pattern of overlapping strokes.
- Soil retardants can be applied to new carpets and newly cleaned carpets. This can help to give your carpet a deeper clean and prevent further soiling.
- A special trick is to add baking soda to the vacuum bag which will fight against any odours.
Tips & Tricks
Fluffing your carpets
Nobody likes a flat, lifeless and stained carpet. In order to keep your carpet full of life, you can do things to ‘fluff’ it up. Spray the hardened with a cleaning solution of vinegar and water mixed equally. Let the solution seep in for about half an hour and then blot the carpet, where it is stained. You can then run a spoon along the carpeting which will fluff up the fibres and encourage them to stand again, giving a soft and cushioned feeling beneath your feet.
Removing stains with ironing
An irons purpose is to remove stains and creases from clothing and materials. Another use for an iron though is removing carpet stains. Before getting the iron out, first vacuum the affected area of the carpet. Secondly, you will need to dampen the area. We suggest using a towel with a vinegar solution (1 part vinegar, 3 parts water). Wait till your iron has heated up and place the towel over the affected area and then move the iron over the top to heat the area up. The solution paired with the heat should lift the stain and leave the carpet looking clean and stain free once more. The more severe the stain, the longer you may need to use the iron.
Create and use a homemade carpet cleaner
Deep cleaning your carpets is important, and in order to really see and feel a difference, you need to get your carpets cleaned professionally. Deep cleaning your carpet is a way of getting rid of dust mites and allergens. A way of giving your carpet a good clean in between a professional clean is by combining 3/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of dish soap, 2 tablespoons of fabric softener and 5 drops of essential oil. Again, be wary when trying this out on your carpet and start with just a small area first.
Infuse your carpet with a fresher smell
A clean smelling carpet makes a real difference to your home. One way to do this is to get a box of baking soda and mix it with approximately 20 drops of any essential oil. Make sure you mix the solution thoroughly to ensure that the oils are properly absorbed and then store in a container. To use the solution just simply shake up the mixture and place some of this on your carpet and then vacuum this to fill your room with a beautiful smell.
If you would like to get your carpets cleaned without spending a large amount of time and effort in the process, Wrennalls can help you. Get in touch with our professional team on 01772978507. Or get a free quick quote today!
Spillages are inevitable, especially when you have children or a number of guests around. Catching a spillage early increases the likelihood of being able to completely remove it. Below is some guidance on what to do when something gets spilt on your lovely carpet:
- Always blot the stain, do not scrub it. Rubbing can spread the stain further and also make the stain seep deeper into the carpet. You can also scrape the area to remove as much of the spill as possible.
- You can then apply a cleaning solution but be sure to test the solution on a small spot first beforehand. It is best practice to work from the outside of the stain toward the inside in order to avoid spreading the stain and to blot up all the moisture.
- When drying the carpet, use a white towel so no dye transfers onto the fabric. Again, do not rub when drying, continue to use the blotting technique.
- If there is still too much moisture after blotting the carpet, place a couple of towels down and a heavy object on top to soak up any excess. If the moisture is not absorbed properly it could lead to mould or a damp smell. Try and avoid this.
Maintaining Your Carpet
Dirt belongs outside
A no wearing shoes in the house rule is always a good idea when you have a carpeted home. Ask people to take their shoes off at the door, or even get a little sign. It is far better for your feet to go shoeless so that they can get some air and not be confined to a shoe. Ask people or get into the habit of wiping their/your shoes at the door to limit the amount of dirt to be brought in. You could have a matt outside the house to really help with keeping the mud and outdoor grime from coming into your home.
De-grit your doormats
Some mats allow you to wash them in the washing machine on a gentle cycle and the dirt is no more. However, many do not. If this is not the case you will need to use your vacuum on the mats in order to get rid of any much left behind. You can also do the oldfashioned- whack against something to loosen the dirt first. When vacuuming, make sure you spend a little bit of time ensuring that you lift all the dirt off before placing the mat back down on the floor, especially if it is an interior doormat.
The Importance of Cleaning Your Carpet
Carpets are made of a number of different materials and are all different densities. This means that different carpets will be more or less durable and more or less sensitive to stains. a plush carpet can be cleaned faster than a low-pile looped carpet, for example. You will find that some carpets will take up a lot of your time when it comes to cleaning and upkeep.
If you think you would rather spend the time doing something else get a free quote online today! We go above and beyond when it comes to cleaning carpets and we can assert that all our projects are completed to the best of our ability. Ring us today on 01772978507 if you have any further questions.