Top tips for cleaning carpets
Replacing carpets can be expensive and if you are a landlord or a tenant leaving a property you may not wish to fork out heaps of cash to make the place acceptable. Thankfully there are other options and it could mean that you do not have to necessarily dry out your bank account and lose all of your hard earn cash either, you could try cleaning the Carpets instead!
Now, many of you are probably thinking that this going to be a mammoth task and are wondering if it is actually worth it? Well, as long as the correct products and tools for the job are used, the results can be astonishing. A little effort is required to do this task, however it’s not as difficult as it may seem, just follow our simple guide and you too could have fresh clean carpets in no time at all
Here are our top tips for cleaning carpets;
A) Mop up spills ASAP!
The main cause of dirty looking stained carpets is often caused from spillages which are not attended to immediately. As soon as accidental spills occur try to soak up as much of the liquid as soon as you can, kitchen towel is great for this! What you want to try and avoid is any spillages soaking right through and becoming grounded! Once you have removed most of the liquid a simple foam carpet cleaner and a scrubbing brush usually helps to shift the rest, and it leaves it smelling fresh again.
B) The importance of vacuuming
Vacuuming is extremely important, prior to cleaning carpets! A professional carpet cleaner will always vacuum first because it makes the job so much easier, it clears the surface form any debris and ensures that the carpet cleaner does not get clogged.
C) What solutions do we use?
You may be tempted to make up a simple soap solution and fire away and this is ok for small areas which are dealt with by hand, however if you are using a carpet cleaning machine it could do more harm than good. The wrong solution may well damage your cleaner and it could even invalidate your purchase warranty.
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D) Try a sample test
If you are cleaning a newish carpet for the very first time it is always best to test a sample on a small area first, pay particular attention to how well the product reacts to the surface of the carpet, look out for signs of colour fading or fastness and see how effective the detergent works against the pile.
E) Pre-treat before-hand
Many upholstery and carpet cleaning agencies will pre-treat the surface first, especially if the area is particularly dirty! This is a great way of helping to lift those very stubborn stains; you simply spray the solution onto those areas and allow it to works its magic before you begin the clean!
F) Where to start?
There is some logic in where you actually start, it’s always better to start furthest away from the door and then to work in straight lines until your reach the door, you can then exit without stepping onto your hard work. Damp carpets are better left to dry out before you step onto them as this can help to prevent any stains appearing afterwards. Try not to over soak the carpet as it could take ages to dry out and if it takes too long it may start to smell of dampness, so instead brush over the area continuously working hard to soak up as much moisture as possible.
Depending on the climate, it should only take 1-3 hours to dry out and leaving windows and doors open will help to speed up the process.
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