Regardless of how much effort you put in to cleanliness, your carpet is eventually going to end up being a casualty of careless spillages, accidents and whatever may be on the souls of your footwear.
Below are some tips to take on board so you can handle some of the smaller but more major problems that your carpet can face and help you keep it looking fresh.
Don’t rub, dab
Never start with rubbing a stain, if you can dab it away. Dab the offending stain with a cleaning solution and a clean cloth, sponge or a paper towel or towelette. The key here is to blot the stain and soak it up, always starting from the outside of the stain and moving inwards.
Rubbing causes particles to get worked into the fibres of the carpet and can lead to those fibres breaking down prematurely.
Whether you’re unfortunate enough to have stepped in gum and traipsed it in to the home or you just missed the mark when going to put it in the bin, there’s a simple trick to get it out.
Grab yourself a couple of ice cubes out of the freezer and place on the gum to freeze it (should only take around 30 sec), once frozen use a spoon to lift and a pair of scissor to remove it from the carpet all together, cutting as little of the carpet as possible and as close as possible to the gum to leave you with a spot that should be unnoticeable.
Washing-up liquid, it’s not just good for the dishes
That’s right; washing up liquid is an ideal cleaner for any stain that involves grease, it loves cutting through it and the carpet is no exception. Simply use a drop or two in a solution of water and fill a spray bottle, spray the stain and then blot. This might need to be repeated for larger stains.
Having candles burning in the home will always come with the risk of spilling wax on the carpet, well don’t be put off lighting them in fear of that spillage anymore. If you do happen to get some wax on your carpet get a white cloth or thin towel and turn your iron on, were going to heat it back up.
Place the cloth or towel over the wax and then heat with the iron to warm it up, now scrape the wax off with a blunt knife (can use a butter knife). Once you have done that, repeat the process but use a paper towel as the fibres will help pick up the remaining wax. You might have to repeat the last process a few times to get rid of it all.