Getting to Grips with Carpet Stains

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When it comes to cleaning your floors, carpets are the most popular to clean and to have installed in the home. Did you know that when it comes to cleaning your carpets, the quality of your hoover makes a difference? An upright hoover does the best job of removing deep-down dirt. Generally if you are going to employ carpet cleaners Hampshire you should make sure you hire a company with excellent reviews. If you are doing it all yourself, make sure that whatever type of hoover you use can get the grit, sand and general dirt out of the carpet. It may sound counterproductive but cleaning your hoover before you use it to remove any clinging hair from the tube and the brushes will make such a difference. The same way washing dishes with a dirty sponge makes no sense.

Carpet-cleaning professionals always say that the most effective method of keeping carpeting clean — and making it last a long time — is to hoover it regularly. So regularly that three times a week is the recommended but once a day for the high traffic areas in hallways, living rooms and outside the front door. Aside from regular vacuuming, the best way to keep your carpet clean and reduce too much wear and tear is to place welcome mats outside every exterior door, and rugs on the inside to catch any leftover grit before it gets farther into the house. Make sure these rugs and mats get hoovered and a shampoo on a regular basis. The other thing you can do to stop dirt tracks through the house is have everyone remove shoes as they come in. Nearly all of today’s carpets are made with a pre-applied stain guard. So usually, a small amount of water and a drop of vinegar or baking soda will get out a stain that has spilled straight away. Always blot a stain, and if you are looking at a company for your carpet cleaners Berkshire.

Spot cleaning mistakes tend to happen when people over scrub a stain instead of blotting it. Too much water soaked in to the carpet fibres can actually be bad for the material as it soaks in and spreads and if too much water gets into the pad of the carpet under the fibres it can lead to a mildew stink. Scrubbing also destroys carpet fibres which is why blotting is highly recommended.

The most common mistakes people make when they try to spot-clean are over-scrubbing and using too much water. Scrubbing destroys carpet fibers.

Time, home life (especially cooking), and pets can make carpets stinky and this isn’t something that will change really. You may not notice anymore because you are living in it, but anyone who visits probably does notice the smell.  One particular tip for carpet smells is a little out there but go with it! For a little extra work, you can try sprinkling grated potato (yes, potato!) all over the carpet in question. Let it stand for several hours and then vacuum. The potato will soak up any additional smells in the fibres. If this doesn’t work and you still have a carpet holding onto the smell of onions or other strong smelling food, call in the professionals.