When entering a home, there is nothing more off-putting than a dirty carpet, especially when it’s a brand new carpet that’s just been fitted. It can sometimes be overwhelming as to the best methods to keep carpets clean and in good condition, even though it is relatively simple once you know how to. Below are some useful tips on how to keep your carpet clean and in great condition.
The most fundamental aspect of keeping a carpet clean is regular maintenance. Ideally, you should use a vacuum cleaner on your carpet at least once or twice a week, as dirt can settle into the carpet and cause permanent damage if it is left longer. Try sprinkling a little baking soda on the carpet before using a vacuum, as this will keep it smelling good. You can also arrange for a professional to visit your home to complete a deep clean on your carpets, as professionals will have heavy-duty cleaning equipment and can remove dirt that your home vacuum cleaner would simply pass over.
As well as having your regular carpet-cleaning routine, you need to work out what products you are going to use on your carpet. Start by checking the care instructions that came with your carpet, as some carpets are more delicate than others. If you’re not sure, spot-test the cleaning solution on a tiny, well-hidden section of the carpet.
Stains & Spills
In addition to the products that you routinely use, you should also know what to do if a carpet becomes stained unexpectedly – for example if someone spills food or drink. The first and most crucial piece of advice is to treat the stain immediately – if you wait, the spilt liquid could seep into the carpet and cause permanent damage. Blot out the spill with a cloth and then use a carpet cleaning liquid on the affected area. Remember to only blot with a white towel or paper towels, as anything else could cause extra stains if the dye transfers.
It’s also worth knowing the specific treatments for different types of stain. Combining vinegar and carbonated water is good for a lot of different stains, but be careful not to rub it in as this can cause more problems in the long run. Carbonated water can especially be good for coffee and red wine stains, while applying salt is the best thing for mud stains. Use cornstarch for grease stains, and look up the iron and transfer method if you want to remove candle wax from a carpet. If you accidentally get gum on the carpet, wait for it to harden and scrape it off before treating the carpet. There are lots more of these methods, depending on your particular stain, feel free to contact Millwill Furnishers for further help and advice.
Actively cleaning the carpet is not the only thing that you need to do in order to keep it clean. You may also want to think of things you can do to protect the carpet from becoming dirty or stained in the first place. One idea is to accessories your home with rugs to protect the carpet from heavy use – on a similar note, make sure you have a doormat at all your doors to collect mud and debris from people’s shoes. You could even ask people to take their shoes off when they come in, to keep the carpet maximally clean. Try not to actively eat and drink over your carpet, and always use a tray or coaster if you do.
If you have pets, you’ll need to be extra careful about protecting your carpet from them. Make sure that cats have somewhere to scratch so that they don’t start using your new carpet instead. With both cats and dogs, you’ll want to keep their nails clipped short, and also wipe their feet at the door before they walk on the carpet. You can buy repellent to keep them from urinating on the carpet, which is definitely worth investigating if you think it’s going to be a problem.
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Keeping a carpet clean can seem overwhelming, but with proper routine care and good products, as well as the knowledge on how to keep them protected and stain-free, you’re sure to keep all the carpets in your home looking amazing. If you would like further help, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Millwill Furnishers today by calling 01733 553 565 or sending us an email from our online contact form.