Carpet Care

Is your carpet stained or dirty? Not to worry! Carpets bring comfort, beauty and warmth to your home, reflecting the taste of the homeowner. They also help in absorbing noise. Taking care of your carpet appropriately and regularly will help to extend its life and help keep it looking fresh at all times.

If your carpet is stained or dusty, it should be cleaned as follows: vacuum, sweep or remove stains before they dry out and become difficult to remove.

Carpets should be cleaned using the appropriate methods since they are more fragile than wood or other flooring material.

Carpet owners should study the basic techniques of caring for and cleaning carpets by themselves. Once stains become permanent, the carpet must be sent to a professional cleaning service, which will be more costly.

The Carpet Maker would like to share some basic carpet cleaning tips that you can do yourself, as the equipment is not difficult to find and the process is not very complicated.

Different cleaning solutions should be used for different types of stains.

Equipment needed for cleaning a carpet by yourself:

  1. Vacuum cleaner
  2. Stiff broom (such as a coconut broom)
  3. Dry cleaning fluid
  4. Mild detergent powder
  5. Ammonia
  6. Nail polish remover
  7. Vinegar (5%)
  8. Sponge
  9. Soft brush
  10. Hair Dryer
  11. Water
  12. Various containers
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Removing food stains
Stains from soup, sauces, milk, cream, salad dressing and various food items should be removed as soon as possible.
 
Materials and tools
Vinegar (5%)/ Soft cloth or paper/ Dry cleaning fluid/ Water/ Sponge/ Hair dryer or fan/ Soft brush
 
Instructions

  1. Use the paper or cloth to remove as much of the stain as possible.
  2. Mix the vinegar (5%) with water in a 1:2 ratio. Wet the sponge with the mixture and remove as much of the stain as possible.
  3. Mix the dry cleaning fluid with water in a 1:1 ratio. Wet a sponge with the mixture and use it to wipe off the residual stain.
  4. Wet the sponge in the water and dab away the remaining traces of the cleaning fluid. Pat dry.
  5. Dry with a hair dryer or fan until the carpet is thoroughly dry. Brush the carpet until it becomes fluffy.
     
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Removing beverage or soft drink stains
If your carpets become stained or discolored by accidental beverage or soft drink spills, then use the following method to clean up the stain.
 
Materials and tools
Dry cleaning fluid/ Soft cloth or paper/ Sponge/ Water/ Hair dryer or fan/ Soft brush
 
Instructions

  1. Immediately after a spill use the paper or cloth to remove as much of the spilled beverage as possible.
  2. Mix the dry cleaning fluid with water in a 1:1 ratio. Wet a sponge with the mixture and use it to wipe off the stain
  3. Wet the sponge in the water and dab away the remaining traces of the cleaning fluid. Pat dry.
  4. If any residual stains remain, repeat the process.
  5. Dry with hair dryer or a fan until the carpet is thoroughly dry.
     

 

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Removing stains from snacks or children's treats
Stains on carpets from snacks or children's treats like candy, chocolate and various sweets can be a common problem when there are kids in the house.
 
Materials and tools
Soft cloth or paper/ Dry cleaning fluid/ Warm water/ Sponge/ Hair dryer or fan/ soft brush
 
Instructions

  1. Immediately after an accident use the paper or cloth to remove as much of the food item as possible.
  2. Mix the dry cleaning fluid with water in a 1:1 ratio. Wet a sponge with the mixture and use it wipe off the stain.
  3. Wet the sponge in the water and dab away the remaining traces of the cleaning fluid. Pat dry.
  4. If any residual stains remain, repeat the process.
  5. Dry with hair dryer or a fan until the carpet is thoroughly dry. Brush the carpet until it becomes fluffy.
     
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Removing oil stains
The chance of getting oil stains on carpets in kitchens or dining rooms is high.

If your carpets become stained or discolored by oil spills, use the following method to clean up the stain.
 
Materials and tools
Dry cleaning fluid or carpet cleaning compound/ Warm water/ Sponge/ Hair dryer or fan/ Soft brush/ Soft cloth or paper
 
Instructions

  1. Immediately after a spill use the paper or cloth to remove as much of the oil as possible.
  2. Mix the dry cleaning fluid with water in a 1:1 ratio.
  3. Wet a sponge with the mixture and use it wipe off the stain.
  4. Wet the sponge in the water and dab away the remaining traces of the cleaning fluid. Pat dry.
  5. If any residual stains remain, repeat the process.
  6. Dry with hair dryer or a fan until the carpet is thoroughly dry.

OR

  1. Sprinkle the carpet cleaning compound on the oil stain and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the compound with a vacuum cleaner.
     
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Removing rust stains
Metal equipment in your home or office might become rusty and leave rust stains on your carpet.
 
Materials and tools
Vinegar (5%)/ Mild detergent powder/ Warm Water/ Sponge/ Soft brush/ Hair dryer
 

  1. Mix some vinegar (5%) with water in a 1:2 ratio.
  2. Wet a sponge with the mixture and remove as much of the stain as possible
  3. Add one spoon of detergent powder to one liter of water and mix thoroughly.
  4. Use a sponge to apply the detergent solution to the affected area. Pat dry.
  5. Wet the sponge in water and wipe again.
  6. If any residual stains remain, repeat the process again.
  7. Dry with a hair dryer or a fan until the carpet is thoroughly dry. Brush the carpet until it becomes fluffy.
     
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Removing bubble gum
Many people have encountered the problem of finding bubble gum stuck to their carpet. Sometimes, the gum has been stepped on so many times that it becomes difficult to remove. Luckily, there is a simple way to remove gum from carpets.
 
Materials and tools
Ice/ Soft cloth/ Dry cleaning fluid/ Water/ Sponge/ Soft brush/ Hair dryer
 
Materials and tools

  1. Wrap some ice in the cloth and place on the top of the bubble gum for 3-5 minutes to make the gum hard. Pull off or scrape off the gum.
  2. Mix the dry cleaning fluid with water in a 1:1 ratio. Dip a sponge in the mixture and remove the remaining stains.
  3. Wet the sponge in the water and dab away the remaining traces of the cleaning fluid. Pat dry.
  4. Dry with a hair dryer or a fan until the carpet is thoroughly dry. Brush the carpet until it becomes fluffy.
     
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Removing tea and coffee stains
Tea and coffee are some of the most popular beverages consumed in homes, office, hotels and function rooms, and spills are common. Fortunately, cleaning these stains is not difficult.
 
Materials and tools
Dry cleaning fluid/ Vinegar (5%) mixed with water in a 1:2 ratio/ Warm water/ Soft cloth or paper/ Sponge/ Soft brush/ Hair dryer
 
Instructions

  1. Use the paper or cloth to blot as much of the spilled tea or coffee as possible.
  2. Mix the dry cleaning fluid with water in a 1:1 ratio.
  3. Wet the sponge with the mixture and use it to wipe the tea or coffee stain. If some stain residue remains, then use a 1:2 vinegar-water mixture to wipe the stain, alternating with the dry cleaning fluid.
  4. Pat dry.
  5. Dry with a hair dryer or a fan until the carpet is thoroughly dry. Brush the carpet until it becomes fluffy.
     
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Removing cosmetic stains
Many bedrooms are now carpeted and the area around the vanity table is often at risk from cosmetic stains, lotions, lipstick, nail polish, and powder.
 
Material and tools 
Nail polish remover/ Dry cleaning fluid/ Warm water/ Sponge/ Soft cloth or paper/ Brush/ Hair dryer/ Fan
 
Instructions

  1. Use some paper or a cloth to blot as much of cosmetic stain as possible.
  2. Wet the sponge with the nail polish remover and remove as much of the stain as possible.
  3. Mix the dry cleaning fluid with water in a 1:1 ratio. Wet a sponge with the mixture and use it to wipe off the residual stain.
  4. Wet the sponge in the water and dab away the remaining traces of the cleaning fluid. Pat dry.
  5. Dry with a hair dryer or a fan until the carpet is thoroughly dry. Brush the carpet until it becomes fluffy.
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Removing ink or pen marks
You might have noticed ballpoint pen marks in homes, offices, schools or commercial spaces.  

These marks cannot be removed with plain water.
 
Material and tools 
Nail polish remover/ Dry cleaning fluid/ Warm water/ Soft brush/ Hair dryer
 
Instructions

  1. Use a completely dry sponge to apply nail polish remover on the affected area until the stain is removed or faded.
  2. Mix the dry cleaning fluid with water in a 1:1 ratio. Wet a sponge with the mixture and use it to wipe off the residual stain.
  3. Wet the sponge in warm water and dab away the remaining traces of the cleaning fluid. Pat dry.
  4. If any residual stains remain, repeat the process again.
  5. 5. Dry with a hair dryer or a fan until the carpet is thoroughly dry. Brush the carpet until it becomes fluffy.
     

Taking care of your carpet (by carpet type)

Cut pile carpets
Cut pile carpets should be cleaned often using a vacuum cleaner or a stiff broom. You should clean in one direction so the carpet color is consistent. If the carpet stands are moved in opposite directions the light may reflect differently off the carpet, which could make your carpet look multi-toned even though it is still the original color.

Loop pile carpets
Loop pile carpets are manufactured by fashioning the yarn into loops. These loops can become loose and snag on furniture. You should use scissors to cut off the knots or loose loops that extend above the carpet surface to even off the carpet.
 

Taking care of your carpet (by installation type)

Area rugs
Taking care of area rugs is very easy. If there is any dust or dirt on the rug, just turn it face down and use a stick to beat it lightly to dislodge the dust. You can also use a vacuum cleaner. If you need to dry an area rug, air it out in the shade or in front of a fan. However, you should not put it out in the sun, because the sun can make the color fade.

Wall-to-wall carpets
Wall to wall carpets should be cleaned regularly using a vacuum cleaner or a stiff broom. Applying powder in carpeted rooms should be avoided because the powder can accumulate in the carpet, making it more difficult to clean. If there are heavy objects on the carpet, such as furniture, the furniture should be moved around so that the carpet underneath can air out and the exposed sections will not become worn.