In today’s blog, we will discuss removing all kinds of stains from carpets. Whilst we all try our best to keep our carpets looking beautiful and clean, accidents happen. So, if you have a stain on your carpet and don’t know what to do, don’t fret! We have developed a guide on how to clean your carpet in Tunbridge Wells.
Cleaning Your Carpets
Your new carpet is an investment, and it is important to take care of it and ensure it remains beautiful and comfortable for years to come. So, to help retain your carpet’s great look and feel, we have compiled a few of our top tips for removing stains and maintaining your carpet in Tunbridge Wells.
Keeping your carpet in good condition allows you to save money in the long-term, and importantly prevents smells, stains and build-ups of bacteria and allergens.
Read on to learn more about how you can care for your carpet and remove those stubborn stains.
Top Tips for a New Carpet
When you get a new carpet, you’ll obviously want to be as careful as possible, however there are ways to protect your carpet and still enjoy it.
Another way to protect your carpets is by placing doormats at all of the entrances to a home. This will help to trap dirt and moisture before it has a chance to damage your carpets. It also encourages guests to remove their shoes before entering a room, which obviously helps to protect it. Furthermore, they will remove dirt from pets with muddy paws.
Daily vacuuming is important in the first few weeks after your carpets are installed, as this will help to remove any loose fibres. This ensures that all loose fibres are removed, and your carpet can remain sturdy and beautiful.
Routinely vacuuming will help to prevent dirt and grit from getting into the carpet fibres and helps to keep the tufts upright. This will make it easier to clean the carpets in the event of a spill or stain. Furthermore, as it cared for, the carpet will continue to feel soft underfoot. If you notice a part of the carpet fibre sticking out higher than the rest, trim it to the level of the rest of the carpet. Never pull it out!
If you own pets, you should expect your carpet to get dirty from time to time. However, we know it is not our pets’ fault, so be sure to stay calm and deal with any incident quickly.
When it comes to carpets, enzymes are your friend. Look for an enzyme-based solution suitable for your carpet’s fibre type. These solutions digest the protein in pet urine, which is what causes the smell. Be sure to follow the directions on the bottle and test in an inconspicuous area before using.
If you already have a pet stain on your carpet, there are a few things you can do to try and remove it. First, absorb as much of the urine as possible with a clean cloth or towel. Then, use a cleaning product specifically designed to remove pet stains. Finally, blot the area dry with another clean cloth or towel.
For the more solid stuff, you will need to remove as much as possible before using a cleaning solution. Once you have done that, follow the same instructions as for pet urine stains.
If your pet moults and sheds hair, it may be worth getting a vacuum cleaner designed for pet hair. These are incredibly effective and will certainly protect your back!
Look, whilst we might not mean to spill wine on a beautiful carpet, it is sometimes inevitable. Again, acting quickly and calmly is important, if you don’t do the right thing, you could potentially make the stain worse.
Firstly, BLOT the stain, do not rub it. Use a white, clean cloth to help remove as much of the wine as possible. Then, get some water, pour a little onto the stain and again, blot with a clean cloth.
If these two options don’t work and you’re still stuck with a wine stain on your carpet, you can make a simple solution of one-part white vinegar to two parts water. Apply this to the carpets using a spray bottle or sponge and then blot dry with another clean cloth.
If this doesn’t work, Pour two cups of warm water into a small bowl. Then mix one tablespoon of white vinegar and one tablespoon of a dishwashing liquid together.
Vinegar is an excellent cleaning agent and can be very effective at removing stains.
As always, we would advise testing any method on an inconspicuous area of the carpets before trying it out on the main affected areas.
Coffee and Tea Stains
Who doesn’t love relaxing with a cup of tea or coffee on the sofa in your beautiful new living room? Inevitably, someone’s going to eventually spill some on your lovely carpet. This can be particularly worrying for homeowners, as not only are these stains dark and stand out, but they can be smelly too!
Remove any excess by blotting the stain with a paper or cotton towel until it no longer picks up liquid. Then, pour a small amount of water onto the area and continue to blot. Do this several times. If the stain is still there, you may start to panic, but don’t
Once again vinegar comes to the rescue. Use a solution of one part vinegar or washing detergent, and 2 parts water. Pour this onto your carpet and leave it to sit for 5-10 minutes. Then, return to the stain and continue to rinse and blot with water.
Whether you have kids or not, the chances are you’re going to drop some chocolate on the floor. Whilst we all do our best to avoid this, accidents happen. We can drop chocolate onto the carpet and not notice for some time, it can get trodden on or warm up, leading it to get caught in the fibres of the carpet.
If the chocolate is dry, scrape it up with a blunt knife and then blot the area with a clean cloth and cold water. If it is liquid, then go straight to blotting it with water and a cloth. Once you have removed as much as possible, blot washing up liquid onto the stain with another clean cloth. Washing up liquid is designed to remove tough stains and food fibres on kitchenware, so it should do the same on your carpet. Once you have done this, we recommend using circular motions, rather than just blotting. As it is likely solid, it will take a bit more elbow grease to remove chocolate from the fibres of your carpet. Hence, moving in circular motions increases the change of the chocolate coming loose from the fibres.
Then, remove any excess water with a cloth to check that the stain has been removed. If it is not, then we recommend repeating this process. Depending on the length of time the chocolate has been there for, it may take a couple repetitions.
If you have young children, you will likely see many stains on your carpet, including crayons. Whilst we try our best to be careful and teach children to not draw on the floors, these things happen!
If you have a crayon stain on your carpet, there is hope! Apply white or mineral spirit to a clean cloth and place over the stain. Leave for two minutes, then blot. Repeat until the stain no longer transfers to the cloth. If the crayon stain is still visible after using the white or mineral spirit, you can try a spot of carpet remover. Apply to a cloth and blot. Repeat until no more of the stain transfers to the cloth. Once you have removed as much of the crayon stain as possible using the methods above, you should then blot the area with clean water to remove any residue. Leave the area to dry completely before walking on it or placing any furniture on it.
Whilst you will not directly burn a candle on a carpet (at least we hope you wouldn’t!), it is possible for wax to run off a candle and onto the floor. Once again, haste is key here.
Fill a plastic bag with ice. Lay this directly onto the stain and let it freeze the wax for a few minutes. Once the wax is frozen, you should be able to scrape it off with a blunt object. Be very careful not to damage the carpet fibre in the process.
After you have scraped off the wax, you will need to remove the remaining residue. Lay a clean cloth or a brown paper bag directly over the affected area of the carpet. Using a warm iron, slowly press the iron on top of the paper bag or cloth. The heat will help loosen the residue and the material should begin to absorb it. Remove the paper bag or cloth and check the area. If any residue remains, repeat the process until it is gone.
How to Steam Your Carpet
Sometimes, our carpets require a deeper clean, and simply blotting stains do not work. Therefore, you may be inclined to steam your carpet. Whilst you can hire a professional to clean your carpets in Tunbridge Wells, this can be done yourself.
First things first, you may need to purchase or borrow a steam cleaner. Look for one that is specifically designed for carpets as they will have the appropriate attachments. Once you have your steamer, read the instruction manual carefully before use
When you are ready to start steaming your carpets, make sure that you remove everything from the room. If furniture is too heavy, we recommend putting them on books or something to take them off the ground as it is important to reach underneath them. Then, you should vacuum. This will help to remove any surface dirt and debris which may hinder the steam cleaner. We also recommend dusting your skirting boards to make sure that your steam cleaner has every chance of doing the best job possible!
You should always go over each section of carpet multiple times when steaming. Slowly move the machine back and forth across the carpet, making sure that you cover every inch. If you have a large room, divide it into sections to make the job more manageable. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend starting in the spot furthest from the door. This means that you will not have to walk over a damp carpet and potentially tread dirt into it after you’ve already cleaned it!
You must allow your carpet to dry completely before returning furniture to it. If it is still damp, you can cause your furniture to mould as they absorb moisture. This can make the furniture slightly weaker and could also begin to smell!
As acting fast is important with a lot of stains, it is good to have your many potions and cleaning agents ready to go. Therefore, we recommend that you make these ahead of time and test them to ensure that they are ready and raring to go when the time comes. If you are making them yourself, be sure to test these to make sure they do not bleach or stain your carpet. Also, it is good to refresh the mixture regularly to avoid it from expiring.
If you purchase ready-made cleaning agents, be sure to read the instructions properly. Also, be sure to check expiry dates.
Carpets in Tunbridge Wells
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