DAB IT, DON’T RUB IT! Carpet care tips and carpet cleaning instructions

DAB IT, DON’T RUB IT! Carpet care tips and carpet cleaning instructions
CARING FOR A NEWLY FITED CARPET

Most of the newly fitted carpets shed fibre for the first few weeks. This is something normal and even sign for a good quality carpet if woollen. It is very important to vacuum the new carpets on a regular basis for maximum pile agitation.

DAILY CARPET CLEANING

Depending on the traffic and the type of carpet it is good to vacuum it at least twice a week. Don’t allow soil and dirt to settle deep into carpet fibre. Vacuum the carpet in all directions to minimise pile lay and maximise appearance.

PERIODIC CARPET CLEANING

Your carpet will need deep carpet cleaning once or twice every year and it depends mostly on the colour and traffic. Ideally deep carpet cleaning should be completed by professional cleaning contractor, who will perform the necessary assessment and will use the right cleaning method, suitable equipment and cleaning detergent. But in case you want to do it by yourself then follow the instructions for cleaning and do not use more cleaning detergent than recommended. Avoid over-wetting the carpet too as this may prove disaster.

SPOT/STAIN CARPET CLEANING

Any spot or stain on most carpeting could be cleaned as long as immediately treated.

  • The liquids must be soaked up with white kitchen paper or absorbent cloth.
  • Dab it don’t rub it! Threat the stain with appropriate spot removal detergent and always work inwards from the edge of the stain to prevent further spreading.
  • Change the cloth or the paper as often as possible rather than using too much of the stain remover.
  • Rinse with clean warm water and a sponge and dry again with white towel or cloth.
  • Brush the carpet in the direction of the pile.
MOVING FURNITURE

Any flat places on the carpet where furniture has been placed can be restored if you spray on a little water and lift the pile with a few brush strokes. After a couple of days no furniture traces will remain.

STAIN REMOVAL GUIDE

FOR ALMOST EVERY SPOT OR STAIN THERE IS ADEQUATE SOLUTION AND IF TREATED IMMEDIATELY IT COULD BE VERY EFFECTIVE

STAINS FROM WINE AND SPIRITS
  • The spillage has to be soaked up with absorbent tissues
  • Use carpet cleaning solution to dab the stain. Do not Rub it! Work from the edge inwards.
  • Use clean warm water to rinse. Do not soak the carpet!
BLOOD STAINS
  • Use absorbent tissues or towel to soak it up
  • Dab the spot with warm water and apply the carpet solution
  • Rinse the carpet with clean water again and dry with clean towel
STAINS FROM OIL AND GREASE
  • Use a spreading knife to scoop gently the place.
  • Use impregnated cloth with grease remover and dab the stain
  • Treat with carpet shampoo and rinse with water.
  • Dab it to dry with clean cloth
CANDLE WAX
  • Use spreading knife or spoon and gently scrape off as much as possible.
  •  Use a warm iron and baking paper to pick up the wax
  •  Repeat action, until the wax is absorbed
  •  Use a spot removal or product for greasy stains or gum remover for further treatment
SPOTS FROM PVA
  • Scoop as much as possible with spoon or knife
  • Use warm water to dab the remainder with sponge and absorbing cloth
CHEWING GUM
  •  Use professional gum remover to soak the gum for some time
  • Gently scrape off with spoon of spreading knife
  • Dab with clean cloth
COFFEE / COLA / TEA
  • Use professional coffee stain remover or equipment for spot carpet cleaning.
  • Dab with clean cloth impregnated with solution from 1/10 vinegar and water.
  • Rinse with clear water and dry as much as possible with clean cloth
  • Repeat the procedure if necessary
MUD
  • let the mud spots to dry scrape with coin or spoon and gently vacuum.
  • Use a carpet spot cleaner and rinse with water
  • Dab with absorbing cloth or towel to dry the spot
NAIL POLISH

Gently dab the spot with solvent base cleaner or use nail varnish remover (non-oily). The cloth should soak it up.

PAINT SPILAGES
  • Fresh paint will come out from most carpets if cleaned immediately. Clean with turpentine or solvent base cleaner if it is oil paint use clean warm water if the paint is water based or similar.
  • If the paint stain is old and dry, try to scrape it off gently and carefully try to soak it up with cloth impregnated with acetone or solvent based cleaner.
  • Wash with carpet cleaning product and rinse with warm water.
  • Dry it with clean cloth
RUST

Dab carefully the stain with a rust remover working from the edge inwards.
It is good to test the product on no visible area of the carpet for discolouration.

URINE
  • The area needs to be cleaned immediately
  • Absorb with tissues or absorbing cloth as much as possible.
  • Use clean warm water to rinse the carpet
  • Use carpet cleaning product to remove the our dour
  • Repeat the action a few times if still have bad smell.

The methods for cleaning different carpet stains are very similar in most cases and there are a few simple rules for spot carpet cleaning which always must be followed:

1. ACT IMMEDIATELY, and clean it as soon as possible. Don’t leave it for later (after the party), tomorrow or whenever.
2. SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE before start any cleaning attempt or do some research. Carpets are expensive to change and doing the wrong thing can make thing really bad.
3. DON’T RUB IT, JUST DAB IT. Always try to absorb the spillage if liquid with cloth or paper by Dabbing the place from its edge inwards. If solid substance scrapes it off gently and then clean it but again don’t rub it. It will only make it worse.
4.USE PROFESSIONAL SPOT CLEANING PRODUCTS. Don’t watch the commercials, read the feedbacks and look for stain remover which will do the job.
5.RINSE WITH WARM WATER after the cleaning and dab it with clean cloth to soak up

In case it is beyond your abilities to deal with it or things getting worse after trying to clean it just contact your local carpet cleaning company and ask for help.

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