A Few Easy Tips for DIY Carpet Cleaning

carpetm 16 Jan 2013

At Carpet Cleaning Melbourne, we recommend getting your carpets cleaned once a year, but we do realize that there are times when this is simply not possible. This is why we have come up with some carpet cleaning tips that you can do yourself between professional carpet cleanings to keep your carpet looking great!

1. Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum! There is no replacement for frequent vacuuming to keep your carpets looking their best, and you can never vacuum too often. This is especially true of high traffic areas. The most important thing that you can do is buy a vacuum with decent suction, and one that is easy to maneuver.  The dust and dirt that stays in your carpet until it gets ground in is the real culprit when it comes to filthy-looking carpets. Getting the dirt once or twice a week before it gets ground in is the key to keeping your carpets cleaner longer.

2. Spot clean as needed. Use a solution of regular dish soap and warm water to spot clean. Any other cleaners and stain removers contain alkaline and other added chemicals that can ruin or bleach your carpet.  Vacuum first and then apply the solution gently to get out as much dirt as possible. Don’t rub hard or you will just send the dirt further down into the carpet. To get the soap out of the carpet, use a spray bottle to mist and then blot with a paper towel. You may want to rent a steam vacuum to use on high traffic areas. Again, vacuuming high traffic areas twice a week will help with the ground in dirt.

3. Removing Stains. Don’t use stain removers for carpets that you can buy in the store. These products will take away the stain, but they will also take out the dyes. At Carpet Cleaning Melbourne, we recommend using natural stain removers like hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, and rubbing alcohol to get out stains. Color test your carpet before you use these stain removers in an obvious place.

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