The best way to retain the look of your new carpet or rug is through regular vacuuming. Twice a week is perfect. This prevents grit and dirt at the base of the carpet pile accumulating and becoming abrasive, which can lead to increased wear and tear.
Protect your carpets further by placing door mats at all entry points to the home. This will prevent dirt, grit and moisture from entering on people’s shoes. Try to clean the door mats too, to make the protection more efficient.
Try to restrict rubber soled shoes – such as sports shows and trainers – and all types of heels from walking on your new carpet. It’s also a good idea to move chairs around periodically, as heel abrasion often contributes to wear and tear when people sit down.
All carpets get dirty. After a while they’ll need cleaning to bring back their appearance and colour. We recommend carpets be cleaned by a specialist cleaning company that use the correct solvents and cleaning agents.
If you take carpet cleaning into your own hands, be sure to test a small, unobtrusive area first. And always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If a stain reappears again, the spill and/or the cleaning agent may not have been completely removed. In that case, clean and rinse the carpet again.
If in doubt consult a carpet cleaning specialist. If you need any further advice, call us on 01909 491050 or Contact Us.
Spills and stains
If a spill or stain occurs you must act fast. Gently dab the spill with a paper towel or a clean white cloth. Never rub a stain. This only causes further carpet damage and spreads the stain even more.
Once you’ve contained the stain, use an appropriate cleaning product and work from the outside edge to the centre of the stain. Use small quantities of the product at a time. Don’t pour the product directly on the stain; work it into the stain with a small, soft brush, cloth or sponge.
Always take note of what’s written on your cleaning products. Some harsh cleaners can damage your carpet and remove the colour. So make sure you do a test on a small, out-of-the-way area first.
Once your carpet is free from the stain, blot up any excess liquid and let the spot dry. Use a hairdryer if you like. Then if the stain is still visible, repeat the process until you’re happy with the results.
- Soak up liquid with kitchen roll, tissues, toilet roll or a clean cloth
- Scoop up or scrape off any solids
- Try to identify unknown spots prior to treatment. If unsure, use a solvent first
- Always blot the stain, never rub
- Always work from the outside edge of the stain inwards
- Take care with applying solvents to bitumen-backed carpet tiles
- When using solvents always ensure there’s plenty of fresh air ventilation
- Always thoroughly rinse out water-based spotters with clean water
- Dry the spot, if possible, with a hair dryer
If the stain proves difficult to remove you should consider calling a professional carpet cleaning company. Most companies will do a spot clean for a small charge.
If you need any further advice, call us on 01909 491050 or Contact Us.