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Carpet Cleaning 12 helpful hints

Carpet cleaning is something we all over look but it’s something that is integral to the health and well being of your Family.

There’s hundreds of different ways that your carpet get dirty in your everyday life whether it be coffee stains or that annoying red wine from last night’s party. Or every parents worse nightmare a little crayon on the only free space in the room.  Even worse once you’ve got rid of the stain lingering smells that stay for the life of carpet. Not to fear anymore though!

We’ve put together the top twelve best cleaning tips and tricks to help you get the best out of your carpet.

So what’s better? Powders or Shampoos. Well it really depends on the type of stain and how long it’s been there. As well as any personal preference you may have. We well know that soap and water, although good for the skin, isn’t going to cut it on your carpets. So what’s the difference between shampoo and powders. Shampoos are always better for those more ingrained stains as it gives a deeper clean but it takes a long time to dry. Powders won’t get in as deep a clean but fast acting and will tackle the stain much faster.

Powder cleaners. These can be great if used straight away. they’re fast acting and easy to use. We recommend covering the stain with the powder over the affected area and leave for at least 30 minutes but of course, if possible, the longer the better. Overnight is always good. We say longer the better as it can take some time to soften the stains and draw out the odour. Once you’re ready simply Hoover up the powder to remove the stain.

Carpet Shampoo. it’s one of the most popular carpet cleaning solutions on the market. Another store bought option to make the solution follow the instructions on the bottle then spray the stain with the solution, just enough to cover the stained spot. Allow the area to soak in the solution, again, the longer the better. Make sure you don’t get the stain to wet as it will lengthen the amount of time it takes to dry as well as being waste of product. We recommend using a hard bristled brush to scrub the stain for any areas that are particularly stubborn. Once you’re satisfied the area is clean allow the spot to dry. For best results vacuum any remaining dried shampoo.

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Carpet Cleaning Chemicals

For those of you worried about unknown chemicals in store bought solutions there’s a myriad of natural carpet cleaning products that you can use to get your carpet looking like new again.

  1. The old stand by of Soda or Tonic water to get ride of coffee stains is tried and tested. as long as it’s treated quickly.
  2. A little known cleaner for the tough stains is salt. It works two-fold. one as an abrasive to scrub out the stain but as an absorbent to soak up the liquid hiding in the carpet.
  3. For harder problems like gum we recommend freezing it first and then pulling it out. An ice cube will usually do the trick over an isolated area.
  4. For any stains that are particularly smelly we recommend using White vinegar and warm water, in equal parts, applied gently over the area with a damp cloth.

Small isolated stains can often be made much worse by improper technique whilst cleaning the area. Here are the top tips to avoid any issues.

  1. Never be tempted to brush the stain, this can spread it throughout the fibers and push it deeper into the carpet, always blot the surface
  2. Always try act on any stain as quickly as possible as the longer it’s left the harder it can be to remove.

Carpet Cleaning Most Important Points

  1. Act fast.
  2. make sure if you do scrub to use a good hard bristle brush.
  3. Make sure you test any products in a small area on your carpet before using it on bigger surfaces.
  4. Baking soda is a great alternative.

So, there you have it. Handy tips to make sure you always get the best out of your carpet and a healthier happier life.