6 Tips to Keep Your Carpet in Great Condition
Posted on: 23 November 2018 by Amina Khan
If your carpet has a stain that you are struggling to shift, then read on. Here are some of the very best stain removal tips used by carpet cleaning professionals to remove different types of stains and help keep your carpet in good shape:
Don’t scrub unless absolutely necessary
Dabbing at stains with a solution of washing up liquid, using a clean cloth or sponge is usually the best approach. Blotting is the most nondestructive method, since it only puts a small amount of strain on the carpet piles, Rubbing causes the particles of the stain to get ground into the fibers of your carpet, and can also damage the fibers, causing the pile to break away from the carpets backing, or creating lint bobbles. Always blot from the outside of the stain inward, as blotting from the inside outwards can actually cause the stain to spread.
Shaving Cream is a Great Stain Remover
The very best carpet cleaner for a huge range of different stains is shaving cream, It will remove almost any kind of stain. Apply shaving cream to the stained area, and leave it there for approximately 30 minutes. Next simply blot away the the shaving cream with a dry white cloth. Next spray the affected area with a solution of one part white vinegar and one part water then blott up the solution with a dry white cloth.
Use Ice Cubes to Freeze Gum
It’s easy to step in chewing gum whilst walking, and then accidentally tread it into your carpet when you get home. To remove gum from carpet, simply grab an ice cube from the freezer, and press it against the chewing gum for 30 seconds. The gum should now be frozen and you can use a tea spoon to pry the gum up. Next, simply trim any fibres that are preventing you from removing the gum with scissors or a sharp craft knife. Try to cut as close to the lump of gum as possible. If you only remove a small amount of fibres, the affected area will probably not even be noticeable.
Use Washing Up Liquid on Greasy Stains
Washing up liquid will cut through greasy stains on your carpet just like it cuts through grease the washing up bowl. Make a solution of soapy water in a spray bottle, then just spray the affected area and blot up the solution with a clean white towel. You might need to repeat the process a few times to totally remove the greasy stain.
If candles wax drips onto your carpet, it will quickly set and become embedded in the fibres of your carpet. Heating the wax back up is the best way to get it out, don’t try to remove set wax without melting it first as you will just damage the carpet. To melt the wax, place a clean white cloth over the wax, then iron over the top of the cloth with your iron on a low heat setting. Once the wax has melted a little, you can scrape it up with a butter knife.
Once you have removed the bulk of the wax, place a paper towel on the affected area, then iron over the paper towel, the remaining wax will soak into the paper, and should be totally removed after you have used a few paper towels.
Do not leave the iron in contact with the cloth or paper towels for more than about 20 seconds, or you risk burning the carpet. Be sure the iron is set to a low heat setting and make sure you use white cloths and undyed paper towels. Coloured ones can transfer their dye to the carpet when heated up, this can be particularly bad if you have a light-colored carpet.
Hydrogen Peroxide to the Rescue
It’s easy to cut your finger and accidentally get a few drops of blood on the carpet, and few carpet stains are as difficult to remove, unless you use Hydrogen peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide is very effective at removing blood stains from carpet. First, loosen the stain with a solution containing washing up liquid. Then blott up as much of the stain as you can. To remove the stain completely, apply hydrogen peroxide directly to the affected area. The solution will immediately froth up when it contacts the stain.
Get Your Carpet Deep Cleaned By A Professional
Regardless of how often you hoover or how diligently you clean your home, any carpet will eventually become dirty over time unless it is cleaned by professional grade carpet cleaning equipment once or twice a year.