How To Clean Carpets

There is more to cleaning a rug than just a once over with the vacuum. Ever so often you need to give then a deep clean and here is how.

Our carpets have to manage a lot mud, meals , pet hair and worse! Nothing that a quick vacuum round can not sort out – or so you may think!

But, unwashed carpets can become a haven for dust mites, which may put some individuals at greater risk of skin and breathing difficulties brought on by an allergy to dust mite fecal matter.

How To Clean Carpets

Vacuuming your carpeting isn’t enough. You need to reach deep into the carpet pile, where all of the embedded dirt and germs lurk. A build up of gritty particles may cut carpet fibres.

Here’s What You Need To Do To Clean Carpets

Wash well

Wash carpets every 3 months using a national carpet shampoo machine, such as Bissell or Vax. Choose a shampoo that comes with a protector like Scotchgard, as this provides a stain protector to the fibers. If space is a problem, consider hiring a machine. 

Remove carefully

Remove those annoying indents and belief marks left on carpets by furniture by rubbing an ice block over the affected area.

Avoid stains

Take care with liquid stains: over-blotting could push the spill further in the carpet fibres, making the stain worse. Treat the stain when it occurs using a rug cleaner, which will lift the liquid directly up.

Pre-treat stains

Use a pre-treatment on poorly stained areas prior to deep-cleaning your carpets.

This will help shift the blot from beneath, which makes it ready for the carpet cleaner to lift it off. Certain stains like chocolate and mud should be treated after the stain has dried. Food, coffee, tea and red wine should be removed when wet.

Dry thoroughly

Don’t over-wet – the dyes from any underlay or backing materials could leach through. Use a hair dryer to wash any place treated areas.


Be sure you vacuum the borders of your carpeting and under radiators using the crevice tool to help prevent black lines forming around the skirting board.

Carpets come in numerous colours, shapes, sizes and materials that not every tip here is going to be applicable, so be sure to read careful what your carpet’s needs will be before you buy them and act accordingly. If you happen to know another trick that helps deal with a certain type of stain, please feel free to leave us a comment.

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