Spring is on the way, and that can only mean one thing - it’s time for the annual spring clean. Our carpets have to endure all manner of dirt and debris being trampled into them, from mud and rain walked in from outdoors, pets, and the inevitable spills.
It can lead to rugs and carpets not only looking past their best but sometimes being a bit smelly too. We have a look at some tips and tricks for cleaning your carpets and rugs, and what to do in case of any accidents!
Don’t just rely on your vacuum
Vacuum cleaners are great, and we’d struggle without them. But they rarely reach deep into the pile, and only remove the top layer of dirt. This means a more effective method is needed. Thankfully this can be done with a simple £1 squeegee.
Simply drag the squeegee across the carpet to pull up the pet hair and dust and dirt trapped in the pile, which can then be easily picked up before being vacuumed.
Spills and stains
One dreaded spill has to be nail varnish, but we have some tips on how to deal with that. While the varnish is still wet, blot the spill with paper towels as quickly as possible to prevent it from being spread elsewhere. Then liberally cover the spill with sugar or salt and let it sit to absorb the paint. Then use a brush to scrub and remove the sugar or salt later.
This process can be repeated until the whole stain is removed followed by carpet cleaning spray and a good vacuum.
Drinks tend to be easier to deal with than varnish, but the key to any liquid spill is never to rub it, as it presses the liquid into the carpet fibres and spreads the spill. Generously cover the area with paper towels and let it soak up as much of the liquid as possible, replacing it with clean towels as necessary.
Any residual stain can be carefully blotted with a clean cloth moistened with a solution of white vinegar and warm water.
To truly maintain the lifespan of your carpets, regular professional cleaning is always a good idea. If you’re looking for carpet cleaning services in London, get in touch today!