When it comes to cleaning our rugs and carpets, many of us put the task off for weeks and will say and do anything to avoid the dreaded event. Unfortunately, the longer you wait to clean your carpets, the worse their condition will grow. Thankfully there are a few easy home cleaning tricks that will have your carpets looking fresh and new for a lot longer.
Brushing and Vacuuming
The first step towards perfect carpets is to prepare the room. You can do this by lifting any objects on the floor and removing furniture from the room. This isn’t always possible in which case just try your best to work around the furniture and make sure that you don’t accidentally damage the fabric etc. A hard-bristle brush or broom like the one often used outdoors is ideal for brushing carpets because the rigid bristles will push the clogged dirt in the carpet to the surface. Once the dust and dirt has been brought up higher, you can vacuum it in a matter of minutes. Vacuuming up, down, left and right will ensure that all areas of the carpet have been cleaned and will make the job of removing stains a lot easier.
For a deep clean, buy or rent a steam carpet cleaner which will get into the fibres of the carpet and wash them out more effectively than a vacuum cleaner. Each steam cleaner has a built in heating core, this means that the water inside stays heated for longer which will help produce even better results. Professional cleaners often use this method to wash carpets and rugs because of its efficiency and finished outcome. If you are using one it is a good idea to end at the door to avoid stepping on the damp carpet. Wait until the room has dried before inviting the family to come test their feet on its surface and remember to open a few windows to freshen the place up.
Cleaning services often include carpet cleaning in their resume which is great news for homeowners who are in need of a helping hand. A cleaning company will ensure that the carpet is cleaned in the best way possible. Hiring someone to do the job is less time consuming and will allow you to get on with your other duties and errands. You could even ask the cleaners for some of their cleaning tips so that you can put them to use in the future. If you are struggling to find a good company, do some research online or search the yellow pages for a few trusted names.
Carpet Cleaners and Products
There are lots of different carpet cleaning products available. One of the most common solutions is made up of powder. This is extremely simple to use as all you have to do is sprinkle it over the carpet and leave it to work for an hour or so. Once the time has passed, return to the room with your vacuum cleaner and suck up all of the powder solution to see the results. Another product that has proved to be effective is carpet shampoo. This takes slightly longer because you have to scrub and blot it into the carpet to produce lasting results. Make sure that you don’t wet the rug or carpet too much as this could worsen the stains. Once dried you must vacuum the excess shampoo particles and there you have it, clean carpets that look brand new.