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Top 10 Carpet Cleaning Tips

Our Top 10 Carpet Cleaning Tips

If you’ve been a recent customer of ours then you will have received a handy little booklet with our top 10 carpet cleaning tips. It is a useful guide to caring for and maintaining your flooring after professional cleaning.

If you implement these tips, you will not only keep your carpets looking new…you will also protect the fibres from wear and tear and therefore extend their lifespan.

And, let’s face it, I very much doubt you want to be spending your hard earned money on monthly professional cleaning!?

Top 10 carpet cleaning tips:

Vacuum regularly: At least once a week if you’re a bachelor without a busy (and messy!) family. More regular vacuuming will be necessary if you have children and pets. Regular vacuuming not only keeps your carpets looking clean…it also removes unseen dust and soil that will embed and destroy the carpet fibres.

Deal with spills quickly: If you don’t have a homemade stain remover to hand, then place some paper towels over the stain and…

Blot, don’t rub: If there is anything that has the potential to make a stain even more difficult to remove, it is rubbing it. Vigorously rubbing a stain also increases the chances of spreading the stain into the surrounding carpet fibres.

Remove candle wax with heat: Candle wax can be the cause of much tearing out of hair! Some customers have even hacked and snipped away at the wax and carpet with scissors in order to remove brightly colored candle wax. There really is no need. Simply take a blunt knife  and slide it under the wax and remove as much waxas will easily come away. Then put a couple of paper towels on top of the remaining wax and, using an iron, run the iron over the spot (covered by the towels). The wax should come away and transfer to the cloths.

Use a good stain remover: There are many ways of making your own stain remover. Some possible ingredients include baking powder and white vinegar. Some professional carpet cleaning companies sell their own general purpose stain removers (contact us for details) and these are usually safe and very effective. Whatever you do, please do not use supermarket bought stain removers. They are responsible for ruining so many carpets and sofas.

Avoid excessive water: If you insist on hiring a rental machine, be very careful not to over-wet your carpets. Use as little water as possible and ensure your house is adequately ventilated. Saturated carpets can shrink and cause some pretty horrible odours due to the growth of mold.

Quality mats: Honestly, do you and your family ALWAYS remove your shoes EVERY-TIME you enter your home? Even if you’re pretty vigilant, there are usually daily occurrences that cause you to dash through the house with soiled and abrasive footwear. Buy good quality mats for your outside doors. It may sound a simple and obvious tip, but it makes a huge difference to keeping your carpets clean and ensuring they last far longer.

Carpet identification: Synthetic carpets are more forgiving than wool or oriental carpets and rugs. If you have a wool based carpet, NEVER attempt to self clean with a Rug Doctor or any rental machine. The potential for damage is great. Call a TACCA registered professional carpet cleaner in your area if you require assistance in identifying fibre types.

Regular professional cleaning: Professional carpet cleaning extends the life of quality carpets and ultimately saves you money. It also keeps your carpets looking beautifully clean if carried out regularly. More importantly, it helps improve the health of your home and reduce allergens. Try not to leave it longer than 18 months between professional cleaning.

Carpet protector: Premium quality carpet protection helps protect your flooring from stains and spills and ensures common stains are easier to remove. It also helps prevent dry soil from bonding to the fibres and causing permanent damage. I would recommend carpet protector if you have carpet in a particular area that is exposed to high traffic such as hallways and stairs.


 For friendly (no hard sell!) stain removal advice, or if you would like to purchase one of our professional stain removers, simply call Melissa today on 07530 532208 or send an email enquiry via this site.

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What not to do when cleaning your carpet

What not to do when cleaning your carpet

Ok… so you’re thinking about saving a bit of money and getting down on your hands and knees to remove some of those stubborn stains that have been driving you to distraction…

Some common carpet stains can be successfully removed if you act quickly and use  the correct stain removal procedures.

But, there are also some carpet cleaning mistakes you’ll want to avoid.

Here’s what not to do when cleaning your carpet or attempting to remove individual stains…

What not to do when cleaning your carpet


  1. You fail to take immediate action. Stains can set if they are allowed to seep deep into the carpet fibres and dry. Deal with the spillage as quickly as you can.
  2. Using a shop bought stain remover. I’ll get straight to the point: They are useless! In fact, many of these products cause damage to the fibres, can cause colour changes and potentially set stains. I see the damage these products do on a daily basis. Please don’t use them!!! Use a home based mix as I detailed here.
  3. Forgetting to test your stain home made stain remover. I always suggest testing an innocuous patch of carpet (behind a sofa) when making or using a stain remover so if it causes any problems it’s not going to be visible.
  4. Scrubbing a stain. All this achieves is to spread the stain and potentially make it worse. It may also embed the stain and if you scrub too vigorously, you may wear out the carpet fibres. Blot, don’t scrape.

And finally…

Don’t hire a cheap carpet cleaning rental machine. The results are rarely satisfactory, you are not covered for accidental damage, and they arenot cost effective!

If you are thinking about attempting DIY stain removal, I’m happy to give free advice over the phone. Simply call me today and I’ll help you identify the best method of removal. Or if you’d like a free quotation for carpet cleaning Cardiff or South Wales, please do get in touch.


Carpet Cleaning Gwent

Award Winning Carpet Cleaning Newport and Gwent

We are a family owned, award-winning business providing 100% guaranteed and insured upholstery, rug and carpet cleaning in Newport and the surrounding Gwent valleys.

We have invested in the absolute best machinery and products in the industry and I take enormous pride in the results and service that we deliver to our customers.

Hiring an experienced carpet cleaning company will save you a significant money in comparison to replacing your carpets and upholstery.

But it is important you make an informed choice so you get a company you can trust to get the best results possible.

If you live in Newport or Gwent, here are just 3 reasons why you should choose us for carpet and upholstery cleaning:

1. Our method of cleaning (HWE) is recommended by most carpet manufacturers. Our methods  extract all the soiling and excess moisture from your carpets and upholstery, leaving them beautifully clean and dry.

2. We’re use a truckmounted machine. Our Hydramaster machine achieves better results and faster drying times than electric portable machines.

3. Unbeatable results and honest pricing. Our results and testimonials speak for themselves. Years of experience have enabled us to build the knowledge to tackle all stains and spots – there’s literally nothing we haven’t seen. And the price we quote is the price you pay, with no hidden costs.

“But my carpets don’t look dirty.”

Well, appearance isn’t everything!

Regular professional carpet cleaning is firstly for your family’s health, and only secondly for appearance.

The average home harbors over 2 million dust mites that feed off dead skin and other debris. Microscopic mite faeces and dead mites are so small that they blow up into the air as you walk around your home.

Eighty percent of people who suffer from allergies are allergic to dust mites.

They are one of the biggest causes of many common allergies!

To limit the effect that dust mites have on your family’s health, you need to have your carpets and upholstery regularly professionally cleaned.

How often?

I recommend once every 12 months with perhaps a 6 month clean if you have children and pets.

Getting a quotation for carpet cleaning in Newport

If you think that you would benefit from our professional carpet and upholstery cleaning service in Newport and Gwent, please do give us a call.

A free quotation only takes about 10 minutes and and there is absolutely no pressure to book our services at any point.

Call us now on 0800 028 2788 or 07530 532208