Looking After Your Carpet

Lifestyle Carpets – How to look after your carpet.

Vacuum your carpet regularly

Just keeping the dust, mud and general dirt that naturally falls on a carpet in check will keep the colours fresh and smells at bay.

Loop pile – best to use suction cleaners as they don’t snag

Cut pile – a vacuum with a beater, usually upright cleaners ‘bang’ the dirt out from the pile.

Doorways and frequently used areas

If you’re in a rush, clean the popular areas, such as doorways, walkthroughs and hallways as this reduce the amount of dirt walked through the rest of the house. You can then catch up with a full vacuum when you have more time.

Spills and Stains

Blot any spill straight away with kitchen roll then follow the guide below

Professional Cleaning

Treat your carpet to a professional clean every so often it will remove dirt that even the best vacuuming would struggle with.

Dealing with general stains and spills

  • Blot with kitchen roll until all the liquid is soaked up, avoid any rubbing though as this will just spread the stain.For dried in stains, scrape with a dull tool (eg. Spoon) and vacuum.
  • Using a well wrung sponge in warm water, blot the area, cleaning and wringing the sponge until the stain is gone
  • Soak up any remaining liquid with kitchen roll, then allow to dry naturally

Greasy Stains

  • As with most stains, blot with kitchen paper, don’t rub until all the liquid is absorbed.
  • Using a clean sponge, blot the stain with a mildly acidic cleaner, such as citrus based cleaners, or half bleach half water.
  • Keep blotting and rinsing the sponge until the stain is gone.
  • Dry with kitchen roll and then leave to continue drying naturally

Wine Stains

  • Follow the method for Greasy Stains as above, but use just warm water to clean the spill first, only if the stain sticks use a citrus cleaner or half bleach half water solution.

Dried stains

  • Break up the spill with something blunt, a spoon is good, then vacuum the loose pieces.
  • If a stain is left, use the bleach/water solution or a citrus cleaner, blotting the area to remove the stain.
  • Absorb any excess liquid with kitchen roll then allow to dry naturally

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