Carpet Cleaning Edinburgh – Having a new carpet fitted can be expensive. Therefore, it is very important to maintain your carpet the best you can, and to make it last as long as possible with some carpet cleaning tips. An unclean carpet can begin to house nasty things like dust mites, mould, bugs, pollutants and other allergens that can lead to potential health problems. Of course walking on your carpets with outdoor shoes will bring in dirt, which can collect in the carpet and shorten its life. To keep your home and carpet looking fresh, take a look at these tips on carpet cleaning and carpet care.
Tips for Carpet Cleaning
As the saying goes, ‘prevention is better than cure’ applies to all aspects of life, including carpet cleaning. Preventing a big stain from happening or a unnecessary dirt collection is the key to prolonging the freshness and overall life of your carpet. However, if your carpet is looking tired and needs a clean, keep these carpet cleaning tips in mind.
A. Vacuum your carpet, at least, every other day, in order to keep it dust and grit free. And try and use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter fitted. Remember to take your time and vacuum slowly. This will help to drawn as much dirt and grit from the carpet as possible. This thorough vacuuming will aid in stain removal too, as you will only have to deal with the stain, and no other collected dirt, which will surface in the process of carpet stain removal.
B. Identify the material your carpet is made of (wool, synthetic, a wool mix etc.), before opting for different products and methods to clean it. Each product for each type of carpet is different, and using the wrong one may permanently damage your carpet.
C. Use door mats at all entrances. At the very least you should have a door mat at the entrance of your home and one at the back door. It is also recommended to have one at the entrance of the kitchen.
D. Rearrange your furniture regularly so high traffic areas are changed. Traffic lanes can form quicker on some carpet types.
E. Keep your kitchen floors clean as grease and oil can be tracked onto carpets.
F. Carpet cleaning is not only about wetting a stain, rubbing it, and allowing it to dry. Several products and methods are required for effective stain removal.
G. Try to prevent spillage, but if there is any, ensure that you clean it as soon as possible. If it is done immediately, just using water will help. If that does not help, you will have to use a good carpet cleaning product, one that is suited for your carpet type and the type of stain on the carpet.
H. When removing stains from a carpet, do not not scrub the carpet vigorously as it can damage the fibres. The stain can spread further, and in some cases, become a permanent stain on the carpet.
I. In some cases, a stain may disappear after cleaning, but can “come back” once that area has dried out. This is also known as wick back. You will have to repeat the cleaning process but a better idea is get a professional carpet cleaner in as they will out the right cleaning method and use the correct treatment for the job.
J. If you are using a shop bought carpet cleaning product, make sure that you read the instructions before using the product to clean your carpet. It is also a good idea to dilute the product down as most products are too foamy. This makes the carpet sticky and enables dust and dirt to stick to the carpet, resulting in rapid re-soiling.
K. Also, do not wet the carpet too much while cleaning. This can cause the carpet to shrink, delaminate or cause bacteria to form. It will also take longer to dry, and walking on a wet carpet will cause it to get dirtier quicker as the dirt from your shoes will stick to the wet carpet fibres.
L. Get your carpets deep steam cleaned at least once a year to thoroughly eliminate dust and dirt. If you live in Edinburgh, you can give DirtMaster – Carpet Cleaning Edinburgh, a call for all your carpet cleaning needs.
These were some easy to follow carpet cleaning tips for you to use. The best way to prevent the collection of dirt on your carpet is to place an entrance mat outside your house and another on the inside of your house. That way, you can ensure that people wipe their feet outside, and bring in minimal grime and dirt into your home. And better yet, elect to have family members remove shoes at the door.
As stated before, replacing a carpet is expensive, so the better you maintain it, the longer it will last.
And for all your deep carpet cleaning needs in Edinburgh, please give DirtMaster a ring on 0131 556 3367.