Cleaning carpets – what works best?

Cleaning a carpet with a cloth
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It's all about the technique. We'll show you how to clean and care for your carpet so that it looks and feels like new. We'll also check your shaggy rug and tell you how to remove the most common stains, from chocolate to wine and coffee.

Cleaning carpets – it's all about the technique

"Shaken, not stirred." If 007 had become a carpet salesman instead of a secret agent, his catchphrase would have been "spotted, not rubbed". When cleaning a carpet, never rub the stain, otherwise you will push the dirt even further into the fabric. Instead, carefully dab  at the stain with a clean cloth or a paper towel, working your way from the edge to the middle.

 

You should also act immediately. The faster you tackle the stain, the easier it will be to remove.

Cleaning carpets – out damn spot!

Spilled wine or coffee on the carpet? Or dropped some chocolate? Don't worry, we won't tell anyone. But we will tell you how to get rid of the most common carpet stains.

 

Small rugs and runners can usually be put in the washing machine. Of course you can't do that with fitted carpets. To remove wine or chocolate, you need to be a bit smarter.

SOS for chocolate or gum stains

To remove chocolate stains or gum residues, use cold temperatures. Take ice cubes, a cold pack or ice spray and freeze the affected area. The chocolate or gum residues will then harden and you can scrape them off with a knife. If there is any discoloration left, you can wash it out with soapy water. For particularly greasy chocolate stains, it helps to add a little dish soap to the water. This will dissolve grease residues and leave clean your carpet looking radiant again.

Removing a wine stain from a carpet, a glass of red wine is spilled
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Emergency rescue for wine and coffee stains

Spilled wine or coffee on the carpet? Our SOS Immediate Treatment Plan is the answer. Dab the stain dry with a clean paper cloth. Salt or blotting paper can also help to remove moisture from the affected area. Add a tablespoon of dish soap and tablespoon of white vinegar to two cups of warm waterhen carefully dab the mixture onto the stain. Work from the edge of the stain inwards so that the discolored area doesn't spread.

 

If this doesn't work, or for particularly stubborn stains, you may need to use a carpet cleaner or call in the professionals. Tell 'em your Team Clean sent you.