The feeling of a brand-new carpet is near heavenly. It’s super soft, luxurious and comfortable, and you want it to stay that way forever. Unfortunately, though, carpets are part of the home that get used every day and are the most susceptible to wear and tear, especially if your guests don’t take their shoes off or if someone spills a drink on it.
Once you have that new carpet feeling, you want it to stay as long as possible, and it is achievable to maintain it with some helpful tips and tricks.
Prevention Over Removal
The best way to keep your carpets clean and soft is to prevent any possible accidents happening. This means ensuring that new guests remove their shoes before entering the room with the carpet and enforcing a rule that no food or drinks are taken onto the carpet, especially if you have children. While stains and dirt can be removed, it’s best to try and avoid them in the first place.
To keep your carpet in top condition, deep cleans are necessary to remove any dirt or debris that is hidden below the carpet, or you simply can’t see. A deep clean from a professional, like carpet cleaners Balham, will help to enhance the life and quality of your carpet. Carpets need careful maintenance to retain their softness, and a professional carpet steam clean will give your carpet the care it needs.
If your attempts at prevention fail and you end up with a nasty stain deep within the carpet, then there are a number of methods you can use to remove it, depending on the type of stain.
Beer and Wine Stains
Wine stains can be notoriously difficult to eradicate, but they are removable. Mix a solution made up of half white vinegar and half water, and pour into a sprayer, then spray directly onto the stain. Allow 10-15 minutes for the solution to soak through, then press a sponge onto the area to remove the solution and the stain. If it is a particularly tough stain, this process may take a few attempts. Clear the spot with warm water and leave to dry.
Food, particularly sweets, can be a challenge to get out of the carpet, and it can often happen if you have young children. First, try to scrape it off the carpet with a knife. If it’s stuck and won’t budge, use soapy water and a sponge to dab at the area. It’s important that you remove it all with the sponge; if you are a parent, you know just how sticky sugar can be.
Dab, Don’t Rub
It’s a common mistake to rub stains instead of dabbing at them to remove them. In fact, rubbing at the stain will only rub it further into the carpet. Make sure to blot at the stain, starting from the outside, and move inwards to avoid spreading the stain further.
Keeping carpets soft and fresh is achievable if you have the know-how!