Do you know how to tackle tough spots and stains on your carpet? Some techniques can actually make things much worse! Here’s all you need to know about rug and carpet cleaning and how to treat different types of stains.
How to Clean Carpets and Rugs
There really is no single golden rule when it comes to cleaning carpets and rugs. Different stains and spots respond to different treatments and techniques, so one of the most important aspects of cleaning carpets is determining what sort of stain you’re dealing with, and knowing the right solutions for that particular problem. Remember, too, that different carpets may respond differently to different products.
Here are some common carpet stains and tips on how to treat them. Before using any new method or product, remember to follow the instructions on the label and test the product on a small area of the carpet or rug first.
Common Stains on Carpets
- Natural Stains. Marks left from natural produce – such as cherries and berries, milk, or natural food colourings – are all water-based, and are some of the easiest stains to tackle. Remember to attack water with water, and use a small amount of washing detergent (or white vinegar if you want to take a natural approach) mixed with warm water.
- Other Water-Based Stains. Anything that has water as its main component can be treated in exactly the same way as above. This includes fizzy drinks, ballpoint pens, and even jelly.
- Heavy Duty Water-Based Stains. Some stains are more troublesome, and can leave a mark if simply treated with just water and detergent. These are usually very dark items such as coffee, and blood. Here, you can use a stain removal product, or counteract the stain with soda water or tonic water.
- Oily Stains. Place an old cloth over the stain and use your iron to skim over it. Make sure you’re on a medium heat setting. The heat should help transfer the oily residue from the carpet to the cloth, which can then be laundered as normal.
- Wax and Gum Stains. The trick to tackling wax and gum stains is the opposite to the technique for treating oily stains. Here, wrap an ice cube in a thin cloth and hold it over the stain to freeze it. Then use an object such as a spoon or a blunt knife to gently peel the wax or gum from the fibres.