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How to clean your carpets like a pro?


Carpets decorate our home and make it cosier. But unfortunately they constantly attract dirt, hair and dust. Therefore, they need to be regularly cleaned and washed. In the following lines we are going to reveal the best ways to clean your carpets quickly and efficiently. Let’s dive in!


How often should you clean your carpets with a vacuum cleaner?

This depends on many different factors. Experts recommend that families with children clean the living room and dining room with a vacuum cleaner every day. In a household of two people, twice a week is enough. The exception is carpets in the bedroom – they should be cleaned as often as possible. Carpets with long piles are best cleaned with a smooth attachment on the vacuum cleaner, and those with short piles – with a vacuum brush.


How often should you wash carpets?

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If you take good care of your carpets – that is. If you clean them thoroughly with a vacuum cleaner at least once a week and immediately remove stains from them, washing them 1 – 2 times a year is enough.

You may also want to use an extraction spray machine with which the cleaning agent is injected under pressure into the carpets and then sucked out again during the main cleaning. The main cleaning should be done with great care, because it is very important that the residues of the detergents are completely removed from the carpets.


What to clean your carpets with?

Carpet stains are difficult to avoid in everyday life. For intermediate cleaning or stain removal, you can use products from the supermarket, pharmacy or home remedies.


Here are some tips on how to do this:

  • Salt helps remove red wine stains. Sprinkle salt on the still wet stain, then just vacuum it up.
  • Baking powder and baking soda, due to their chemical composition. They remove odours and are universal stain removers. Dissolve a tablespoon of baking soda or baking powder in a litre of warm water, pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray the affected areas. Leave the mixture on for a few hours and then vacuum.
  • Vacuuming must be carried out in the direction of the width of the carpet/pathway.
  • When cleaning, avoid excessive use of water and detergents.
  • Floor coverings should not be washed immediately after cleaning with detergent, they should be brushed with water and dried on both sides as quickly as possible.
  • If a stain appears on the carpet, first vacuum and then wash.
  • Before using detergents with strong chemicals to clean your carpets, test a small area of the carpet first. Use a mask, goggles and rubber gloves.
  • When cleaning the carpet/pathway, brushing should be done so that the fringes are straightened.


How to clean carpet stains easily and quickly?

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  • Alcohol – apply a suitable detergent to the stain and then dab with alcohol.
  • Shoe polish – first wipe with corselin, then with alcohol and finally clean with carpet cleaner.
  • Chewing gum, jam, chocolate – add 5% ammonia to lukewarm water and wipe.
  • Food and fruit stains – wipe with lukewarm water.
  • Candle and paraffin – put a damp cloth on the stain, then go over with a half-cooled iron. Wipe with a suitable detergent.
  • Mud – wait for it to dry and then vacuum.


3 extra tips on how to clean your carpets effectively 

  • Extra tip 1: Read the manufacturer’s labels on the back carefully

Labels usually describe which washing method to use and which detergents you can use to treat the fabric. Choose special detergents to clean your carpets, powerful enough to remove deposits and at the same time – non-aggressive to preserve their beauty. 


  • Extra tip 2: Dry the carpet properly

After washing, carpets should be left drying in a flat, clean and ventilated place.


  • Extra tip 3: Consider a flash

It is a kind of prototype of modern washing machines. The flash is the washing of a flowing clear river. In a place resembling a cauldron, the water is collected, the speed of which is so high that it washes away the dirt.

It works without any preparations. In it, textiles are not only washed, but also softened. The washed items are placed on a wooden rack to drain and dry completely. One wash takes between 30 minutes to 1 hour.


Final words

There is no doubt carpets are one of the decoration elements that turn the house into a home. With that being said, they require regular maintenance in order to stay fresh and clean. Hopefully, the tips in this article will help you clean your carpets properly and effortlessly. 

In the meantime, if you want to save time and energy to invest in other, far more creative and enjoyable activities, you can always delegate the task to a professional carpet cleaner. Either put them in sacks or at least roll them up and tie them up. Professionals will either pick them up from your home, wash, dry and return them to your front door, or will do the job at your place while you are enjoying a nice cup of tea. 

Feel free to contact us and request a carpet cleaning quote. You can find more info about our cleaning services at Merci Cleaning or on our official Facebook page.


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