With so many products on the market claiming to be the best at removing dirt and grime from carpets, it can be difficult to choose the correct product for your particular carpet. Carpets can be very unique and what might remove dirt from one carpet could actually cause damage to another. Here, we look at ways to ensure you are using the correct product for your carpet.
Start With Small Areas
As with hair dye solutions, it is recommended to trial the product on a sample area to see if the product causes any adverse reactions, this method should also apply when cleaning your carpet. For instance with common stains such as shoe polish or red wine, many people will rush to clean the stain straight away, this has been known to cause further damage. Using a cleaning product specially designed for such stains, first all test clean a small patch of the stain. With gentle scrubbing you will see if the stain has been removed without taking away any original dye from the carpet. Once convinced that this product is removing the stain in question, then apply the rest of the solution.
As carpet cleaners contain a number of different elements such as bleach and reducing agents, its recommended for first use especially, to dilute the product in question. Simply by mixing with warm water you are in effect just watering down the product. Some products will state that there is no need for dilution measures to take place, but to be on the safe side, this is a recommended process to abide by.
Carpet cleaner hire has become an ever popular method for those looking for the professional touch, as the average sponge and bucket of hot water will not always remove ingrained scuff marks. When hiring such a product it is recommended to discuss the options for what cleaning solutions to use. The common mistake many people make is that one product will clean all, when in fact this couldn’t be further from the truth. Cleaning solutions are designed for particular types of dirt and damage and requires some background research prior to any purchase or use.
The most vital thing to remember when applying a cleaning agent to a carpet is to remove the solution in good time. Some cleaning products state that the solution will be left on the stain for a particular amount of time, find this information out as different products will have varying allocated times. The best way to remove a solution is by spraying warm water of the area whilst gently dabbing the area with a damp cloth.
It’s important to remember to keep all household cleaning solutions out of children and animals way. Keep in locked cupboards, garages etc and ensure all safety caps are firmly positioned.
Paul is cleaning adviser and blogger, dedicated to ensuring peoples homes are to the highest of standards.