It can be easy to overlook your carpet when cleaning your house, but a dirty or poor condition carpet noticeably worsen the look of your home. Carpets experience a lot of wear and tear, and this can lead to them losing their colour and quality over time. They can also be particularly difficult to clean, as impacted dirt and deep stains can be tricky to remove. However, replacing them can be costly and time-consuming. Fortunately, there are plenty of shortcuts and hacks which can keep your floors looking fresh for as long as possible. Here are just a few tips for keeping your house clean.
Stains are notoriously hard to remove from most types of carpet, and can seriously damage the look and quality of your floors. Chewing gum, red wine, and nail varnish are just a few of the common substances which can badly stain your carpet. Without proper treatment, stains can not only become more resistant to removal but also spread outwards from the initial place they were spilled. To remove minor, shallow stains, the most easily available domestic stain removers should do the job. These usually can be applied directly to carpet stains, and after leaving them for roughly 5 minutes or so, you should be able to simply remove the stain using a damp cloth. However, you should exercise caution before applying any cleaning products to your carpet. This is because certain carpets and cleaning products are incompatible with one another. If you’re not careful, you may find that the cleaner you use is ineffective or actually bleaches your carpet, damaging it further.
For deep set stains, domestic stain removers may not be sufficient in removing them. Excessive use of stain removers may also increase the risk of damaging your carpet. In these instances, you therefore might consider hiring a commercial stain removal service. They can use more powerful methods to remove stubborn stains, and also offer a stain protection treatment, which prevents your carpet from absorbing stains.
Getting Rid of Dirt
Dirt is brought into your home every day, and once it is trodden into your carpet, it can become very trick to remove. Your vacuum cleaner is probably your main tool for handling this, but there are multiple things you can do to make them more effective. First, make sure it is set at the right height, as having it too high can make it ineffective, but having it too low can damage your carpet. Your vacuum cleaner should be able to move easily at the right height, but also demonstrate some resistance. It’s also good practice to empty your dust filter regularly, as having it too full can affect your vacuum cleaner’s efficiency. To remove heavily impacted dirt that your vacuum cleaner can’t remove, using a lint roller can be a handy tool, and can also help remove any stubborn pet hair.
Dirt fibres can scratch against your carpet, leaving it to accrue a dull look over time which removing grime won’t fix. In these instances, you’ll probably need to deep clean your carpet using more advanced methods. Commercial services are a popular option for restoring carpets to top condition, and offer a variety of services including carpet shampooing and steam cleaning. At-home tools and cleaners for this purpose are available to buy, but can be expensive, given that you will likely only use them sparingly, and you may risk damaging your carpet.