In this article we’ll look at some of the best products you can get in the UK to clean your carpets. To start with, we’re going to look at carpet shampoos, and then move on to some carpet cleaners.
Best Carpet Cleaning Products in the UK
Vax Ultra Plus Carpet Cleaning Solution
Vax Ultra plus is designed for use on carpets and upholstery and can be used with all Vax carpet cleaners, although using it with another carpet cleaner is probably just fine too. It has a lovely rose fragrance and eliminates nasty odours very well. It is even safe on the most delicate carpets and upholstery.
You have to be quite careful to mix Vax Ultra Plus right. You don’t need much, so the bottle lasts a long time. If you use too much, you may have foam up to your ears.
Even on lighter carpets that haven’t been cleaned for a while, this does a fantastic job. A large bottle will easily do a whole house, and you’ll likely have enough left over to show the amazing cleaning power to your friends.
Dr Beckmann Carpet Stain Remover
This carpet stain remover is formulated to get rid of any heavy spills you may have. From red wine to pet stains, this stain remover has got you covered. The use of this stain remover does require some elbow grease, but its cleaning power will make it worthwhile. It can be used on any type of carpet and upholstery and works great in the home or car.
People with pets love this stain remover, as it removes any unsightly stains and neutralises their nasty scents too. Even if the stain has been there for a while, this stain remover will get rid of it, but you will need to put in some work. This is a wonderful stain remover that should be in everyone’s cupboard for emergencies!
Vanish Carpet Cleaner High Traffic Foam
This Vanish power foam carpet cleaner has been designed for high traffic areas. Once again, you’ll have to get your hands dirty with this one, but it can transform any high traffic area into a beautifully clean carpet again. Even if there is dried up mud and other stuff trod into the carpet, with a bit of elbow grease, it will be gone before you know it.
This high traffic carpet cleaner can really save your bacon. It is a must in any home and can brighten up any rug or carpet. The scent of this is pure air which everyone seems to love too. It isn’t too overpowering, but it certainly kills any odour left on your high traffic areas.
Vax V124A Dual V Upright Carpet and Upholstery Washer
When people think of carpet cleaning, they think Vax. Vax has been in the game longer than just about anyone and this Dual V Upright proves why. The constant suction, five brushes and auto mix cleaning makes cleaning carpets so easy my dog could clean up its own mess if she had thumbs! The power scrub hand tool also makes getting stubborn stains out of the carpet a dream; it is also great for the stairs and the sofa!
Whether you have stains or just want to get an old carpet looking new again, this is the perfect tool for the job. You can make a 30-year-old carpet look as though it was bought yesterday with this thing. It is a heavy piece of cleaning gear so be careful on the stairs, but have fun transforming your house into a beautiful home.
Bissell SpotClean Portable Spot Cleaner
This Bissell machine is great for spot cleaning anywhere around the home. It’s great for rugs, carpet, upholstery and cars. The tool has a deep reach and cleans embedded stains and dirt brilliantly. Thanks to the slim design and the design of the tool, this is perfect for using on the stairs.
One customer used this on a stain that was on their carpet for five years, in 15 minutes it was gone for good! If that doesn’t sell you on this carpet cleaner, then I’m not sure what will! This is a very well built machine (though a bit heavy because of that), and it works beautifully. Oh, and any carpet cleaning product will work in this machine, no matter what Bissell tells you!
How to Clean Carpets
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. 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.
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.