No matter how much we try to keep our carpets clean, stains do occur and it’s difficult to avoid it from ever doing so.
What can we do to help keep carpets fresher for longer?
If you have just had a brand new carpet fitted, you are probably thinking about what you can do to ensure it stays that way?
There a few of things that you can do which does help! For example, you could always tell people to remove their shoes, you could issue a ‘no food, no drink’ ban for that room and you can lay down plenty of rugs to save the carpet underneath.
I’m sure we have all tried the above solutions, but has it ever provided full protection?
Let’s face it, many of us do have busy lives with families and pets and then accidents do occur from time to time.
When accident strikes, think fast....
So the inevitable has just struck, it was bound to happen at some point, wasn’t it? As long as you have tried to protect your beloved new carpet, one small occasional accident shouldn’t be catastrophic and there is no need to panic!
However the sooner you deal with the situation, the better! Follow this easy 3 simple rule:
1) Mop up spills
Whatever the accidental damage maybe, spilt coffee or wine, the dogs muddy paws or toddlers chocolaty fingers? Just try to deal with it straight away. Spillages should be soaked up first to try to prevent them from soaking straight through to the pile. Plenty of kitchen towel placed over the spill to soak it up should do the trick!
2) Foam up!
You may want to apply some soapy solution next, either use a foam carpet cleaner spray or simple washing detergent and apply it to the area and rub in a circular motion to lift the stain underneath. Do not scrub too hard and try to keep the area you are dealing with as small as possible so that you do not affect the surrounding area.
3) Leave to dry!
Leaving the area to dry afterwards is extremely important and so many people fail to do this and wonder why the carpet still looks dirty. Well, it was probably clean after your cleaned it however stepping onto damp carpet is the easiest way of creating more dirt because whatever is on your feet, will stick to it again. Leave it to dry for at least 20 minutes, prior to cleaning!
First time cleaners!
First time cleaners or those who want to give their carpets a whole new cleanse for the first time may want to hire the help of professional carpet cleaners because attempting to do it yourself may be difficult, especially if you have a large room. Upholstery and carpet cleaners generally use a steam cleaner because it does not use detergent and cannot affect the pile of the carpet in anyway; it’s also much quick, easier and produces less moisture so that the drying time is much faster.
Using a domestic cleaning company to clean your carpets at home is a great way to give your home a makeover at very little cost because it’s a lot cheaper than having to buy replacement carpets and the results are as close to what it would be, if you did buy new. The only thing they cannot do, is change the design of the carpet (unfortunately) but you do get a fresh and clean look for now and who knows some of those once bright shades (that now appear dull) may be given a new lease of life and the room will appear different.