Is it possible to clean a carpet at home besides taking it for washing outside?
Yes, it is possible to clean your carpet at home all by yourself which is less expensive as well as less time consuming. This process is done by using those products specially formulated for cleaning of carpets.
The process consists of dipping white cotton towel into the solution of water and carpet cleaning detergent and rubbing the surface of a carpet all over, secondly, rinsing of a carpet is done with plain water with the same process as with detergent water. The process can be repeated as to get the best wiping over the carpet.
How do I have the proper use of these cleaning products?
You have to be sure of using the proper quantity of solution with water. The carpet should not be over wetted. Avoid use of excessive detergent, this results more rinsing time. Excess detergent residue will be difficult to remove. Remember this, even if your carpet does not appear to be particularly dirty, it’s the unseen soil, bacteria and allergens that may harm your carpet as well as your personal health.
How long will it take to dry the carpet?
In normal conditions, an average of 3/4 hours, but in an extreme humidity, it can take few hours more. We recommend to clean it during sunny day. Leave the windows and doors open to get dried it soon with enough ventilation after cleaning the carpet.
How often should I clean the carpet?
Regular vacuuming is always recommended. When cleaned and maintained periodically, say in an interval of ¾ months, the life of a carpet is considerably extended.
What should I do when something gets spilled on my carpet?
If something gets spilled on your carpet, take prompt action to prevent staining. You will need some clean white absorbent cloth or tissue and the four basic solutions listed below. (Please check that your carpet is colorfast and safe to clean, by testing all solutions in an inconspicuous area before application).
a. Dry cleaning Solution - surgical spirit.
b. Detergent Solution - One teaspoonful of gentle detergent for washing clothes to 0.75
liters ( half pint) of warm water.
c. Detergent and Vinegar Solution - Add one tablespoon of white (not malt) vinegar to the Detergent solution
d. Ammonia Solution - One teaspoonful of branded household ammonia (available from hardware stores) to one cup of warm water.
Tackle the stains as follows:
- Alcohol, Coffee, Tea, Liquid Foods and Urine. Blot up surplus spillage. Use detergent vinegar solution. Work from the outer edge of the stain inwards, using a little at a time, blotting up with dry cloths frequently. See below for final rinse procedure.
- Chocolate, Sweets, Blood, Glue, Ice Cream, Milk, Soft Drinks and Vomit. Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use a detergent solution starting at the outer edge. Blot dry. Follow up with Ammonia Solution. Blot dry. See below for final rinse procedure.
- Solids, Fats, Tar, Chewing Gum. Oil, Ointment and Shoe Polish.Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use a dry cleaning solution followed by Detergent and Vinegar Solution. Blot dry. See below for final rinse procedure.
- Unknown stains. Scrape up or blot surplus spillage. Use a dry cleaning solvent followed by clean luke warm water. Blot dry. If further treatment is needed, use either Detergent or Detergent and Vinegar Solution. Blot dry. See below for final rinse procedure.
- Final Rinse Procedure: This rinse procedure is applicable to all the above methods of stain removal. Simply mix one part white vinegar and four parts water. Pour mixture into spray bottle and spay over the stained area. Blot dampened area (do not rub) to remove excess moisture. Spread white kitchen towel (stacked 6-8 sheets deep) over the affected area and a place a weight, such as a book, directly on top. This will help the moisture residue to soak into the towels. Leave overnight and repeat if necessary. REMEMBER Act quickly to scrape up the solids. Blot up the liquids, taking plenty of time. It is worth the effort.
Obviously, these methods help you to get rid of stains to some extent depening upon the type of stains. Please remember,no carpet is stain proof. Your carpet requires prompt attention regarding regular care and maintenance.
Can I use bleaches to clean up the carpets?
We recommend not to use cleaning solutions which contain bleaches. Bleaching agents discolour the carpets.