Cleaning hacks to make your carpets look brand new

Some people find it relaxing to clean their house, while the sight of dirty dishes, laundry and unmade beds is a nightmare for others (we don’t judge). Whether you love or hate cleaning, we can all agree on one thing: there is no better feeling in the world than having a clean, fresh and tidy home! Take a look at these carpet cleaning hacks to make your life a little bit easier.

Basic tips for keeping your carpets as clean as possible

Carpets instantly add warmth and dimension to a room. The downside is that dirt and dust can quickly get trapped in the fibres of a carpet and it can be quite a challenge to get rid of spills and stains. Cleaning your carpets in the wrong way can shorten their lifespan by causing damage to the material and spoiling their appearance. A few tips to keep in mind when cleaning your carpets:

  • Vacuum your carpets at least once a week.
  • Treats stains immediately.
  • Deep clean your carpets every 3-6 months, or treat them to a professional cleaning once or twice a year. Remember that different carpets have different care needs, so make sure you choose the best method for deep cleaning your carpets — hot water extraction or steam cleaning, dry cleaning, bonnet cleaning, foam cleaning, or carpet shampooing.
  • Use cleaning products sparingly and make sure no residue is left behind.
  • Prevent mould by ensuring your carpets are thoroughly dried after cleaning. Opening doors and windows on a sunny and wind-free day will help fast-track this process.
  • Test any new cleaning products and solutions on a small area before applying them to the entire carpet.

What you need to clean your carpets at home

Luckily, everything you need to keep your carpets looking bright and beautiful will most likely already be in your house. Aside from specialised carpet cleaning products, there are many ways to make your own cleaning solutions from basic household products such as baking soda, vinegar, dish soap and fabric softener. If you have a lot of carpeting around the house, hiring a cleaning service will save you plenty of time and effort. If you prefer to clean your carpets yourself, you will need a vacuum cleaner, carpet grooming brushes, carpet shampoo (or other homemade cleaning solutions), water spray bottles, and optionally a few old towels to help soak up any moisture after cleaning.

How to treat the most common carpet problems

  • Dust and pet hair: Using a vacuum cleaner is the easiest and quickest way to get rid of any dust and dirt particles that have accumulated on your carpets. Move the furniture around to make sure you don’t miss any spots. Vacuum slowly and pay extra attention to high-traffic areas (as well as your pets’ favourite afternoon nap spots!). A broom or carpet sweeper will also do the trick, although it may take a bit longer to achieve the same results. Bonus tip: use a lint roller or a squeegee to remove stubborn pet hair from carpets.
  • Stains: When you notice any spills on a carpet, treat the problem immediately to prevent permanent stains. Use paper towels to soak up moisture or use a knife to scrape off any solid spills. The golden rule here is to blot, not rub. Be gentle to avoid spreading the stain or pushing it deeper into the carpet. A few extra tips: baking soda can do wonders for treating oil stains and pet accidents while shaving cream can be used to clean dirt stains. Nail polish remover is also a must-have for removing sticky substances.
  • Dullness and odour: Sprinkling baking soda over your carpets once a month is a simple way to freshen and brighten them. Allow the baking soda to do its work for about an hour before vacuuming it up. Another cleaning hack is to use vinegar diluted in water to loosen and fluff up carpet fibres. Deep cleaning your carpets every couple of months will also help to brighten their colours, remove persistent stains, get rid of germs and bacteria, and enhance their overall appearance.

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