Has your cat been naughty and peed on your favourite rug? Or maybe you child has stuck a piece of chewing gum on your living room carpet? Or you had a party and a tipsy friend spilled a glass of red wine on the carpeting? Well, accidents happen everywhere, but before you rush off to hire a company for carpet cleaning in Barnes, there are a few steps you can take to prevent permanent stains and remove as much of the damage as you can.
Rule number one is not to panic and act hurriedly when you see a spill. Yes, you need to treat it as soon as possible, but don’t go on pouring half a pint of carpet cleaning detergent on top of it and rubbing it like crazy…
The truth is that such actions can cause further damage and increase the risk of permanent staining.
You should first dab off as much of the spilled liquid with a clean microfiber cloth, without rubbing it in.
Then you can carefully treat the stain with light drizzle of water, stain-remover or natural stain removing solutions, such as baking soda and water paste, or warm water and white vinegar solution. Another gentle approach includes using a mild water and dish washing detergent solution to treat the stain.
Again, carefully apply only small amounts of your cleaning solution on the stain, let it sit and then with very small amount of water and a clean cloth or paper towels dab up as much as possible. Don’t wet your carpet too much because this can lead to the growth of mildew, mould, the accumulation of more dirt and can even ruin your floor beneath the wet spot.
Taking regular care of your carpets will also ensure that less dirt and dust is accumulated in them. It is important to ensure you apply the proper type of carpet care, depending on the type of carpet or rug you have.
If your carpet is synthetic, then regular thorough hoovering with the brush attachment set at the right height should keep most of the dirt out of it. In case of staining, treat the liquid spills promptly and gently as described above.
The care for natural fibre wool carpets also involves regular hoovering but not with a rotary brush attachment, but rather with a gentler floor attachment instead. Liquid spills on a wool carpet should be treated with small amounts of sprayed water and gentle blotting. Don’t use hot water or ammonia-based cleaning detergent. Avoid doing your own deep cleaning with a home carpet steam cleaner or a rented machine if you have a wool carpet, because it takes more time to dry, which can damage the carpet, your flooring and can lead to the growth of harmful mould and mildew. Also, hot water can cause the wool rug to shrink.
If you have a plant fibre carpet, clean it with regular hoovering with the rolling brush attachment. Treat liquid spills on plant-fibered carpets with blotting only and using a hairdryer to dry it up. Don’t attempt deep water-based cleaning of this type of carpet on your own.