Despite your best efforts at cleaning, your carpets will eventually become victims of food and beverage spills, accidents, and whatever’s on the soles of your shoes. Check these 5 ways the professionals handle the problems and keep carpets looking as new.
Never Rub the Stain!
The most common mistake people do when dealing with a stain is to rub it. Professional cleaners say this is the worst thing you can do because it will embed the dirt deeper into the carpet fibres. No doubt this is an instant reaction due to panic, but the first thing you should do is to blot the spill with an absorbent paper towel or napkin, applying gentle pressure.
Check also: Our great stain treatment tips posted on the blog over the past few years.
Keep Basic Cleaning Items at Hand
The professionals advise us to have these essential items available in your home at all times:
- Club soda: great for removing beer and wine stains
- White distilled vinegar: a mixture of water and vinegar can help you deal with juice stains
- Dishwashing liquid: If you don’t have specialised carpet cleaner or are not sure of detergent to use, make a solution of warm water mixed with two drops of dishwashing liquid.
- Ammonia: this is a cheap, all-purpose substance for cleaning a wide variety of stains
- Wet wipes: use them to blot light stains on your carpet
You can prepare a quick DIY carpet cleaner using only the ingredients listed above. Check more carpet cleaning tips.
Remove Chewing Gum with Ice
If you have kids, you have probably already battled with chewing gums stuck to everything in the house, including carpets and upholstery. To remove it, get a few ice cubes and put them on the gum for at least 1 minute. Gum will freeze quickly, and you can get rid of it by scraping it off the carpet with a butter knife or a spoon. You may have to cut a few fibres to save your rug, but it won’t be noticeable, especially after the next deep carpet cleaning.
Dealing with Wax Stains
We all like to use aromatic candles to give the house a pleasant scent. But accidents do happen and it can end with a puddle of wax on the carpet. The best way to clean the stain is to melt the wax.
Lay a piece of old cloth on top of the stain and run the iron over it to melt the wax. Blot with a clean rag to soak the melted substance. Repeat these steps to remove as much of the candle wax as possible. Melted wax will stick onto the cloth, and a few repetitions should do the trick. Just make sure the iron is set to the lowest temperature setting and does not stay on the carpet for more than 30 seconds.
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Schedule deep carpet cleaning at least twice a year. One of the best procedures for sanitising your carpets is the hot water extraction, widely known as ‘steam cleaning’. It keeps your carpets germ-free and looking as new, prolonging their lifespan.
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