Keeping Your Carpet Clean
One of the biggest aspects of maintaining a carpet is ensuring that it’s kept clean.
And yet, this can sometimes be a harder task than it initially seems. We all know that it’s normal for spills and dirt to make their way into the household over time, but to keep your carpet looking great, you’re going to need to know how to remove them.
This guide will provide ample information to help you keep your carpet as clean as possible. We’ll cover everything from tool types through to cleaning products. And we’ll even discuss how to deal with stubborn stains so that you can keep your carpet looking the best it can for as long as possible.
Purchasing a vacuum cleaner can be a somewhat overwhelming experience, especially considering how many models there are to choose from. However, it’s vital that you do invest in one, as they are an essential tool for those that own a carpet. By using a vacuum cleaner, it’s easier to ensure that your carpet remains in the best possible condition - even if you have a beloved, but fluffy, pet.
Having a vacuum can also prove to be incredibly useful in an “emergency spill” situation. They are ideal for refreshing your carpet, and can be used in conjunction with a range of products to keep your carpet fresh and smelling like new.
Vacuum Cleaner Types
When it comes to purchasing a vacuum cleaner, it’s a good idea to do some research and decide which one is best suited to your needs. Ask yourself a couple of questions:
Do you intend to use it for a deep clean during warmer months? Or as something that can tackle accidental spills?
In the majority of cases, the weight of a vacuum dictates the way it is best utilised.
For example, it’s rare to find a vacuum cleaner that features a heater but still weighs less than 10kg. This means that if you’re planning on using your vacuum on a regular basis, the weight of this hoover is may be impractical.
So if you do want to use your vacuum often, it’s best to go for a lightweight model that’s easy to move about and store.
Vacuum Cleaner Price
It may seem like an attractive option to purchase a fully featured vacuum, but this doesn’t come without a large price tag. You may find that some models cost well over the £200 mark - and remember, a higher price doesn’t mean it’s the best option for your vacuuming needs.
It’s always best to keep the following questions in mind when purchasing a vacuum: What features do I actually need? And how often will it be used?
In doing so, this will help ensure that you find the ideal vacuum for your home.
Regardless of the vacuum cleaner you purchase, there are always a number of features that manufacturers recommend you to use. This section will look at the most common tools and what you should look out for.
In most cases, the cleaning head will be a brush roller or comprise of small, individually rotating brushes. Roller brushes are ideal for delicate carpets, whereas individual brushes will provide a much deeper clean. More expensive models will come complete with the second option, and you can expect anything from five or more heads as standard.
Hot Air Drying
When using products to clean a carpet, one of the main disadvantages is that it can stay wet for a number of hours. Some vacuums are designed with a built-in hot air drying systems that can speed up this process. However, it’s important to remember that this feature can damage delicate carpets, so it may not be a suitable option for everyone.
Powered Cleaning Tools
The majority of vacuums will come with a number of accessories that make tasks like cleaning upholstery and small crevices that bit easier. In some cases, they can even be useful for cleaning car seats. Powered brushes are one of the most useful for these vacuuming needs, as they provide a much deeper and effective clean.
As a rule of thumb, the more powerful a vacuum motor is, the better its cleaning and suction abilities will be. However, there can be a staggering difference between models. An example of this is that they can range from 500w to 1850w. However, it’s largely recommended that the majority of people go for a 1000w model, as this offers a good combination of performance and price.
Stains are something that every carpet owner dreads, but it’s likely at some point we will all be faced with one. Whether it’s a spilled drink, a surprising present from your pet, or unwanted artwork created by a young child, it’s essential that you know what to do in case this occurs.
What You Should Know
Before we go into detail about what to do for specific stains, it’s useful to read about the most effective cleaning techniques.
To remove a stain, blot the area from the outside in. Rinse it thoroughly with clean water and then blot it again. NEVER SCRUB THE CARPET, or else you could create a real risk of ruining the carpet fibers.
Below, we’re going to look at the type of stains you can get and how is best to deal with them.
Water Soluble Stains:
Mud Washable Ink
To deal with any of the above stains, you need to create a cleaning solution that consists of a ¼ teaspoon of non-bleach detergent, mixed with 32 ounces of water. It’s also possible to use white vinegar as an alternative to the detergent.
Special Water Soluble Stains
Use 1 tablespoon of ammonia and mix it with one cup of water (unless it’s a wool or wool blend carpet, use mild detergent and water). If that fails to work, try using a mixture of one part chlorine bleach to five parts water, BUT ONLY ON solution dyed carpets, as bleach will harm other types.
Fat, Oil or Wax
Simply place a paper towel over the affected area and iron on a warm setting. The fat, oil or wax should easily come off the carpet and stick to the paper towel instead.
To remove cigarette burns, gently rub the area with the edge of a hard and flat surface.
Wet a cotton ball or soft cloth with rubbing alcohol and press it down on the affected area. After the glue has been moistened, wipe it off. This process may require repeating multiple times.
Wax and Gum
Make use of ice to freeze the gum or wax, then shatter it with a blunt object. Vacuum up before the pieces soften again, and blot the carpet with a towel.
Blot the affected area with a rag that has been dipped in nail polish remover.
Even if you’re lucky enough to avoid any accidental spillages on your carpet, it’s still recommended that you clean it thoroughly at least once every 12 to 18 months. There are professional carpet cleaning services you can pay for to do this on your behalf, but there’s also plenty you can do by yourself.
In the following section we will look at the different product types you can use to clean your carpet, as well as what types of carpet they are best suited to.
Carpet shampoos have become a popular product to use for general maintenance, as well as stain removal. Dirt and dust can be easily removed with great ease regardless of carpet type which this product type.
Always make sure that you follow the instructions on the packaging when using a carpet shampoo. Most will need to be diluted with water, but the amount needed can vary from product to product. It’s also worth making sure that you don’t use too much either, as this will leave your carpet wet for a long period of time.
Carpet powder is just as popular as shampoo, and it is easier to use than the latter. All you have to do is sprinkle the product over an area of the carpet, leave it for at least 30 minutes, and then vacuum it up when you’re done.
It's also possible to leave the powder on the overnight if you wish. Doing this gives it plenty of time to soften any stains and consume bad odours. A number of people prefer this cleaning product thanks to the way it deals with particularly bad stains in a quick and easy manner.
It may seem like an unusual one, but baking soda is great way to deodorise any smelly carpets without spending too much money.
If you do choose this option, make sure the carpet has been vacuumed first, as the baking soda won’t be particularly useful if it is mixed with dirt.
Begin by liberally sprinkle baking soda over the area you wish to treat, bearing in mind that you’ll need a large amount. Once you have rubbed it in, simply leave it untouched for a while - the longer the better.
Then all you need to is vacuum it up. Remember to take your time whilst doing this, as baking soda can take a long time to fully remove.
Steam cleaners have been used for a number of years to clean a variety of items including ovens, windows and clothes. And there are now a number that have been developed to remove stains and dirt from carpets. This has been possible thanks to a variable steam control, which ensures the steam cleaner can be adapted depending on the type of material you’re cleaning.
Steam cleaners can also be a surprisingly cost effective option, and the majority of models also come with mop heads that are washable. With the only other product requirements being water and electricity, a steam cleaner can be a useful tool to own.
Carpet fresheners can be useful if you wish to remove any hidden odours in a short space of time. They consist of a foam that penetrates deep into carpet fibers to neutralise any trapped odours. This method also eliminates the need to use a vacuum, saving both time and energy.
The foam used in this product normally lasts around 5 minutes before it dries up. The result of which is a pleasantly fresh smelling room. These products are highly versatile as they can be used on a variety of materials, but always check the instructions before using a carpet freshener.
Carpet Cleaning Tips
Now that you know all of the tools and products that can be used, this section will cover a selection of fantastic tips that can make your carpet cleaning experience that little bit easier.
Tip 1: For a great smelling house, place a cotton ball lightly soaked in perfume into the hoover bag. The fragrance will permeate the room and will require minimum effort.
Tip 2: Regardless of the cleaning agent, never directly put it onto your carpet. Instead, apply it to a cloth that can be thrown away. If you don’t do this and apply it direct, it could worsen the stain and damage the carpet fibres.
Tip 3: To gently hoover upholstery, place a pair of tights at the end of the nozzle. This will ensure that your delicate furniture won’t feel the full brunt of your hoover’s suction.
The short of it is, the better you look after a carpet, the longer it will last. Even simply vacuuming twice a week will provide a notable difference in quality.
A Cut Above And Carpet Cleaning
A Cut Above understand that cleaning carpets can be a time consuming process, which is why we have a variety of carpets that are stain resistant with long lifespans.
One example of this carpet type can be found in our Lifestyle range, all of which feature LIFE-PROOF characteristics - meaning they are almost impossible to stain and incredibly easy to clean.
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