How to clean your CARPET
Tips on how to take care of your flooring
CLEANING your carpet can be problematic if not done properly. Dealing with stains that won’t go away and getting rid of an unpleasant smell that may linger in your house can become a challenging job. Expert Carpet Cleaning Director, Audrey Els, shares tips to make sure you never have to worry about these issues again.
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CARPET WET
When there is a stain, attend to it immediately by using clean water and a cloth to get rid of the dirt. "If you decide to wash the carpet, avoid soaking it. Doing this will leave your carpet with an odour that might take a while to go away or one that will never go away," Audrey advises .
HOW TO REMOVE STAINS
Here are some stain removal tips provided by carpet cleaning experts, Carpet Spring Cleaners, on their website: TEA AND COFFEE: You can literally lift out tea or coffee stains by pouring a bit of beer on top of them. Rub the beer lightly into the material, and the stain should disappear. You may have to repeat the process a couple of times to remove all traces of the stain.
RED WINE: Remove a red wine stain by pouring some white wine on it while it is wet to dilute the colour. Then clean the spot with a sponge and cold water. Sprinkle the area with salt and wait about 10 minutes before you vacuum up the whole mess and repeat if necessary.
UNWANTED SPILLS: Use a baby wipe to blot up juice or any other spills from your rug as it absorbs the liquid and the stain.
STUBBORN STAINS: You can lift out many stains from your carpet using this method: Rub light carpet stains with a mixture of two tablespoons of salt dissolved in half a cup of white vinegar. Let the solution dry, and then vacuum.
For tough, ground-in dirt make a paste of one tablespoon vinegar with one tablespoon cornstarch, and rub it into the stain using a dry cloth. Let it set for two days, then vacuum.