Carpet cleaning is important for keeping your carpet looking and feeling great. Take this quiz to see how much you know about carpet cleaning.
Carpets should be vacuumed once a week, but areas of heavy traffic may need more frequent vacuuming. Regular vacuuming will prolong the life or your carpet, since it will prevent grit from building up within the carpet fibers prevented.
Pass over each section of carpet several times and move the vacuum slowly to allow the suction to remove dirt deeply embedded in the carpet, especially in plush carpets.
Backing soda can help to neutralize odors in the vacuum bag.
Clean carpet stains immediately. You have a better chance of completely removing the stain if you catch it when it is fresh.
Test the cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area of the carpet before using it, to check that it will not damage or discolor the carpet.
Try not to rub the stain, as this may spread the stain to a larger area.
After applying the appropriate cleaning solution to the stain, blot up the moisture working your way from the outside of the stain to the center. This avoids spreading the stain.
A clean, white bath towel is the best material for drying up a carpet stain and for brushing the nap of the carpet back up into a standing position.
Acid and vomit stains should immediately be diluted with baking soda and water or with club soda. Then apply a solution of 1 part ammonia and 10 parts water. Rinse with cold water, allow to dry and then gently vacuum the carpet.
A solution used on many spills is a mix of 1 teaspoon mild detergent, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 1 quart warm water. This solution can be used on the following stains: alcoholic beverages, blood, chocolate, coffee, fruit, gravy, mud, salad dressing, soft drinks and urine.
Apply ice to the gum to harden it. It can then be pulled off the carpet. The same technique is used for removing candle wax from carpet.
To remove crayon stains from carpet, place a blotter over the crayon stain and press it with a warm iron until the crayon is absorbed onto the blotter. Make sure you move the blotter around so that it doesn't get oversaturated.
First dilute the red wine stain with white wine. Then clean the spot with cold water and cover the stain with table salt. Allow the salt to absorb the stain, leaving it for about 10 minutes. Then vacuum up the salt.
If your carpet feels sticky or is matted, if it is a different color to the swatch you originally looked at, if there are grimy marks around the chair legs or if you see dust emerging from the carpet when you walk on it, it is probably time for a deep-cleaning job. This will require a machine to shampoo and rinse the carpet properly.
Make sure your carpet is colorfast before starting the cleaning process. Test the cleaning solution in an inconspicuous area of the carpet by moistening a white towel with the solution. Dab the towel onto the carpet and if it doesn't pick up any color from the carpet it is probably safe to use.
Place a plastic or foil piece under the legs and bases of furniture that will remain in the room during cleaning.
Try touching-up small areas of carpet with artists' acrylic paint. If that doesn't work, try a felt-tip marker or permanent-ink marker that matches the color of the carpet.
Hold a steam iron close enough to the carpet that the steam reaches the carpet but that the iron doesn't make contact with the carpet fibers. After steaming the fibers, lift them by scraping the edge of a coin or spoon over them.
Do not pull the thread out or you may unravel part of the carpet. Instead, cut the thread so that it is level with the rest of the carpet fibers.
There is no need to replace the entire carpet. If the carpet was not burned down to the backing, you can simply snip off the charred tips and no one will notice the slightly shorter length of a few fibers. If the burn went right through, simply cut down the fibers, apply white glue and replace the burnt fibers with new fibers from a matching carpet scrap.