Carpet has many advantages and disadvantages as a floor covering. Some may argue that the difficulty and time it takes to keep it clean is one of those disadvantages. Despite your best efforts at cleanliness, your carpet will eventually become the victim of spills, drops, accidents and whatever’s on the bottom of your shoes. With the right tools, products, and know-how, you could have your carpet smelling fresh, looking new, and lasting virtually stain-free for years. To understand how professionals, handle problem areas and keep carpets looking new, here are 7 carpet cleaning tips from the pros.
Spot cleaning should ideally be done after vacuuming to ensure dirt and grime doesn’t become further embedded into the carpet. Be sure to dab stains with a cleaning solution and a clean cloth, paper towel, or sponge. Blotting puts a small amount of pressure on the stain to soak it up. Rubbing on the other hand, causes particles to permeate into carpet fibres and breakdown the fibres. It’s important to always blot from the outside of the stain inward, as blotting outward can actually case the stain to spread. Once the accident area is completely dry, be sure to give it another vacuum. If your carpet is still stained after using these conventional methods, be sure to consult your local carpet cleaner in Adelaide for additional information, methods and products.
Protect Or Remove Furniture
It can be easy to suddenly lose control of your vacuum and run into a much-loved antique you’d rather avoid. It can be a great idea to use blankets, furniture coasters or spare cardboard to create buffers on priceless or easily-damaged furniture. It helps to plan ahead if you want to deep clean. A small space will require you to shift and shuffle your furniture around. It may take more than one person so it’s important to enlist the help of a friend if required.
Inspect Your Vacuum
It is important to inspect your vacuum before each use. As a safety precaution, it should be done before you plug it in. Check the filter and clean it or replace it if it’s damaged, before setting the vacuum on its side to inspect the beater bar. Beater bars can be removed for cleaning by cutting it clean with scissors. It’s wise to then check for any dirt blockages in the hose, while making sure the same isn’t evident where the bag or canister attaches to the head. When unraveling the vacuum cord to plug it in, be sure to check for fraying, exposed wires or cracks in the plastic. If the cord is no longer in safe working condition, it may be time to visit a vacuum repair shop or find a replacement.
Use Hydrogen Peroxide For Blood Stains
Few carpet stains are as obvious as blood. With the help of hydrogen peroxide, blood stains have no chance of surviving. Loosen up the dried blood with water mixed with mild detergent, before applying hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain. The solution may foam immediately once it comes into contact with the blood stain. Be sure to dab the hydrogen peroxide with towels to try the carpet.
Deep Clean Your Carpet
Weekly vacuuming and spot cleaning should allow you to get away with a deep clean every 12 to 18 months. An active family with pets, however, may require you to deep clean your carpet sooner. Hiring professional services for carpet cleaning in Adelaide will get you the best possible deep cleaning results but it’s also possible to use a carpet shampooer for a quick refresh between professional hot water extraction treatments. Be sure to wait six to eight hours before walking on the carpet and up to twelve or fifteen hours, before moving furniture back into the area.
Clean Pet Stains Organically
Even well-trained pets are prone to accidents on the carpet. Organic cleaners are often preferred rather than using chemicals. The less we use manufactured cleaners on our floors, the less we expose our beloved dogs to any harmful chemicals. Be sure to spray the cleaner at the stain before dabbing and blotting at it. Homemade stain and odour removers also work well for mild stains like spaghetti sauce without leaving any residue.
Use Dish Washer Detergent
The best method against difficult-to-clean grease stains is to use a drop or two of a grease-cutting dishwashing detergent. Dish washer detergent cuts through grease the same way it does on your dishes. Be sure to put the solution in a spray bottle to spray it on the stain, before blotting it up. This process may need to be repeated a number of times for larger stains. Keeping your carpet looking new, free of odours, stains and pet messes doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming. Simply keep in mind these top carpet cleaning tips from experienced professionals and you’ll enjoy a clean carpet for many years.
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