Cleaner Carpets at Home in Kent
Ensure you have the cleanest carpets in Kent this autumn with these tried and tested DIY carpet cleaning tips for your home.
It’s no surprise that keeping your carpets clean is a lifestyle choice that will not only reflect positively on your health, but also keep your living space hygienically clean, your home smelling fresh and keep your carpets looking good as new. Professional carpet and upholstery cleaning is not for everyone, but for those who are very house proud, health conscious and want to increase the lifespan of the carpets in their home, having your carpets deep cleaned on a regular basis is a very appealing and affordable service that you shouldn’t go without.
Most reputable carpet manufacturers advise to have your carpets cleaned once every 8-12 months. But there are simple ways to increase the time between deep cleans by implementing a number of quick and easy cleaning practices in and around your home.
Here are 10 useful DIY carpet cleaning tips you can use in your home:
Treat the stain immediately
“The quicker you treat a stain the more likely you are able to remove it” says Anthony Parker, co-founder of Kent carpet cleaners - AAAClean. “Don't allow stains to rest. In most cases you can treat a stain with lukewarm water mixed with washing detergent. Wet a clean towel or flannel and blot the stain from the outside in. This cleaning process will work on “most” household stains if treated immediately. For tougher stains such as make up, red wine, coffee or tea you may need to hire a professional carpet cleaning company.”
Blot, don’t scrub.
Never scrub a stain that is on your carpet. Not only will this force any residue deeper into the fibres it will make the stain nigh on impossible to remove without using professional grade equipment to extract it. Instead, use a white cloth or terry towel to blot the stain. By using a white towel you can avoid the danger of additional dyes bleeding into the carpet from other standard household cloths. Gently blot the stain and repeat the process until the area is dry.
Remove your shoes when entering your home
It is highly recommended that you and your family implement a policy to take shoes off at the door when entering your home. Areas of heavy footfall such as hallways and entrances take the brunt of the dirt and debris coming off your shoes and will quickly start to shows signs of wear and tear. The easiest way to do this is to designate a specific spot near the door for shoes to go on. If children are reminded that this is where shoes go, it’s more likely they will continue the good habit. You could even buy cheap house slippers for guests or family members to slip into easily when they remove their shoes.
Vacuum once a week
Vacuuming your house on a regular basis helps to guard against ground-in stains. By keeping on top of your vacuuming you are not giving dirt, dust and other allergens the chance to make a home in your carpet. The same applies for stain removal. If you see it, treat it instantly. The longer you leave dirt, stains and dust to fester the harder they are to remove. Although bare in mind, that vacuuming alone will only remove about a third of the nasties that are hiding in your carpet. The only true way to extract them completely is by having your carpets professionally cleaned.
Use rugs and runners
Carpeting is exposed to a lot of dirt and other contaminants. Make use of rugs and runners where possible in heavy footfall areas of your house. By placing a runner in a hallway for example, it dramatically reduces the amount of dirt, dust and other debris that comes off your shoes and socks when your family or your guests are entering your home. It’s also a good idea to have a mat outside your front door and another inside your front door where guests can inspect and remove their shoes when entering.
Don’t use “miracle” products
There is a wide range of “miracle” products you can buy that claim to remove any types of stain. Although this is partially true, a lot of the time the so called miracle cleaning product removes the stain and also removes some of the colour from your carpet - essentially bleaching your carpet. They also tend to leave lots of foamy residue in the carpet pile which just helps to attract more dirt and dust in the future. Although this is not immediately noticeable you will soon realise after vacuuming or having your carpets professionally cleaned that actually your carpet is either damaged or attracts much more dirt than it did before in these problem areas.
Brush out mud
It’s a common mistake that when you get mud on your carpet from the kids shoes or mucky pets that people will grab a cloth and water and start scrubbing. Don’t! The best way to extract mud from your carpet is quite the opposite. Simply wait for the mud to dry and use a dustpan and brush to loosen the mud particles from the carpet fibres. Once that’s done, run a vacuum over the affected area to remove all of the remaining mud particles from your carpet pile.
Remove grease with dishwasher detergent
Dishwasher detergent is a great DIY remedy for removing grease or oil from your carpet. Dishwasher detergent is designed to combat grease and oil from your plates and your cutlery and when used in moderation it can also be a quick stain removal fix for oil and grease stains in your carpet. Mix 5ml of dishwasher detergent with 1 litre of water in a household spray bottle. Spray the stain and use a white towel or cloth to blot the stain in towards the centre to stop the stain from spreading. Rinse the affected area with a damp towel and the dab/blot the area dry once the stain has been removed. For larger amounts of oil or grease you may require a professional carpet cleaning service. This tip will only work for a small amount of oil or grease.
Use baking soda for pet accidents
If you own a dog or a cat, you will be aware that no matter how toilet trained they are, pet accidents still happen! One of the best ways to remove all types of pet accidents from your carpet, whether it be urine, poo or vomit, is using baking soda. Word of warning though. Baking soda in large quantities can be toxic to your furry friends so make sure they are nowhere near the problem area when you are cleaning.
First, put your pet somewhere safe and then liberally sprinkle baking soda over the stain. Leave the baking soda on your carpet for as long as possible and then vacuum the area once you’re ready. For any remaining stain left over in the carpet pile use the lukewarm and detergent method that we mentioned earlier in this article.
Deep clean on a regular basis
The only true way to keep your carpets clean is by hiring a professional carpet cleaning company. Not only will this make sure your carpets look great and smell fresh but it will increase their lifespan and make your home environment a healthier place to live in.
The safest and most effective deep carpet cleaning method is hot water extraction cleaning, this is often mistaken as steam cleaning. Hot water extraction cleaning machines inject hot water and commercial grade detergent in to your carpet pile at high pressure via water-jet nozzles. Then the powerful vacuum motors extracts the cleaning solution, water and dirt particles that live deep within your carpets pile.
This method of carpet cleaning is recommended by carpet manufacturers across the globe and will ensure your carpets are hygienically clean, free of germs and bacteria, have a longer life and will look and smell great too!