Need some advice about cleaning your carpets? House and Leisure chatted to Liz Myakayaka in Marketing from Van Dyck Carpets to find out what important factors to consider. She says that carpet cleaning is bound to become a whole lot easier if you follow these handy tips:
- A routine of regular vacuuming, professional cleaning every 12 -18 months and immediate removal of spots and stains should start as soon as your carpet is laid.
- Fluff caused by loose fibres left in the pile during manufacturing will gradually settle with use and vacuuming.
- Use a good quality vacuum cleaner with a brush to revive the pile and extract the dirt.
- Vacuum slowly and empty the vacuum bag regularly.
- Vacuum regularly (at least three times a week and daily in high traffic areas).
- Loose threads should never be pulled; cut them off immediately to stop them being pulled by the vacuum cleaner.
- Protect your carpet from direct sunlight by using sun-filters or drawing the curtains.
- Lay down scatter rugs in heavy traffic areas, particularly when it is raining.
- Protect your carpet from sharp edges that could damage the pile.
- Avoid over-wetting; make sure pot plants are kept in drip trays.
- Walk-off mats at entrances will trap dirt and prevent it being walked onto fitted carpets.
- The longer you delay removing a carpet stain, the more difficult it becomes to remove, which is why quick action is the best remedy. Remove as much of the offending material from the carpet with a spoon if it is thick or sticky.
- If the stain is wet, blot it with a dry, white, absorbent cloth or white paper towel and apply pressure with the heel of your hand. Do not rub!
- Be patient! Continue blotting as long as there is a transfer of the spill to the cloth. Complete removal may require repeating several times.
- After the spill has been completely removed, rinse the affected area thoroughly with cold water, and blot with a dry cloth until all of the solution has been removed.