Top tips for keeping your carpets pristine

No matter how much care you take with your carpet, those inevitable spills, stains and general wear and tear will take their toll over time. There are plenty of products available to brighten up your carpet, but which method is the best? Here are a few tips to help keep your carpet looking great.

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First and foremost, any loose dirt needs to come up. That includes hair, fur, and dust that can get embedded in the pile. Vacuum under furniture, including beds and sofas, and right up to edges and into corners using the nozzles and attachments for your vacuum cleaner.

Spot clean

Next, work on the stains and marks that won’t come up with a vacuum. Use a carpet stain remover – being sure to test it on an inconspicuous area first – and rub over the stain for a few minutes, making sure you don’t damage the pile. Blot with an absorbent cloth or kitchen towel, then allow to dry for an hour. Repeat if the stain is stubborn.

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Deep clean

Once the stains have been removed, it’s time for a full clean. If you don’t already have a carpet cleaner, you can hire one, or you can have your carpets professionally cleaned. Wherever you are, there will be cleaning companies local to you, and companies like Cheltenham Carpet Cleaning Company will cover several counties surrounding their location and beyond. Whichever company you choose, make sure they are a member of the National Carpet Cleaners Association for added reassurance.

Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, be mindful that after cleaning, you will need to keep your rooms well ventilated while your carpet dries, which can take up to 24 hours.

Carpet maintenance

Keep your carpet fresh by deodorising it using a carpet freshener. An alternative method is to sprinkle bicarbonate of soda over your carpet and leave it overnight. Sweep up the excess, and vacuum the rest out.

If haven’t already done so, make sure you have doormats at every entrance to your home for people to wipe their feet. Provide an area where they can leave their outdoor shoes.

Talk to a professional about protecting your carpet against future stains, and if they do happen, make sure you blot them up and clean them as soon as they happen.