Are your carpets looking dull and unloved? Do they have stains from coffee or wine? If so, it’s time to give them a clean.
Cleaning your carpets can seem like an intimidating task, but it doesn’t need to be. Read on for some tips and advice on cleaning your carpets.
Carpet shampoo vs. carpet powder
There are several different products and methods you can use for cleaning carpets. You could use soap and water, but this is unlikely to work on tough stains and dirt. If you want good results, you should use a carpet shampoo or powder.
If you need to clean your carpets quickly, a powder is preferable to a carpet shampoo. Shampoos take longer to dry, whereas you can apply a powder and hoover it up within an hour.
How often should you clean your carpets?
Most people agree that carpets should be cleaned every 12-18 months. If you have kids or pets you should clean your carpets more often. High-traffic areas also need more frequent cleaning.
Before cleaning your carpets
Before using a cleaning product on the whole carpet, you should test that the carpet is colourfast by applying it to a small part of the carpet and seeing if it changes or fades the colour. Do this on an inconspicuous spot of the carpet, for example a corner that is usually covered with some furniture. If the carpet looks good after the cleaning product has dried, you can safely apply it to the whole carpet.
Using powder to clean your carpets
To use a carpet cleaner powder, sprinkle it across the carpet and rub it in with a hand brush. The powder should dry within 30 minutes or so and can then be vacuumed up. A good carpet cleaner powder is Vanish Powerpowder Carpet Cleaner. The powder you buy might work a bit differently, so read the instructions carefully before using it.
Using carpet shampoo
You should follow the instructions on the label, but the first step when using a carpet shampoo is usually to dilute it with water. The shampoo should then be spread over the area you want to clean, making sure you don’t soak the carpet. You should scrub stains and dirt with a hard-bristled brush. Once you’ve done that, leave the carpet to dry and finally vacuum it.
A good carpet shampoo is Mylek Ocean Fresh.
Use a Rug Doctor
If you want to give your carpets a really professional clean, you should consider using a Rug Doctor. Rug Doctors are professional carpet cleaning machines that can be rented for around £25 or bought for about £300. Rug Doctors are big machines that use vibrating brush technology to remove dirt from the carpet. You can rent one from B&Q here.