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.