You love having carpeting and rugs because they are cozy, soft and have an appealing appearance. However, the downside to having carpets and area rugs is that they are easily ruined by stains.

If your house has a carpet, you’ll know that it’s a mixed blessing. One the one hand, it looks stylish, makes a room more inviting, and adds an element of cosiness in winter. But on the other hand, carpets are a veritable haven for dirt, dust, pet hair, and stains. If guests start sneezing whenever they enter your house, it’s quite possibly your carpet that’s to blame.

Rather than simply waiting for your carpet to deteriorate over time, you can keep it clean, prolong its life, and avoid hefty replacement fees with a few easy steps.

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Take preventative measures.

As doctors always say, prevention is the best medicine. Or as military strategists put it: attack is the best form of defence. But carpet cleaning specialists phrase it best of all – take your shoes off when you enter the house!

If you treat your carpet well, it will treat you well in return. Avoid walking on it with dirty shoes. Don’t let your dog run over it after a visit to the beach. Train your cat to use a litter box. Ask your children to eat at the table. These are all painfully obvious things, but they’re absolutely crucial if you want to ensure that your carpet has a long and stain-free life.

Vacuum frequently.

Everyone knows that regular vacuuming is a good idea, but fewer people are aware that this simple habit is one of the best ways to increase the lifespan of a carpet. You should try to vacuum at least once a week, especially if your carpet is plush. This will prevent abrasive dirt from collecting at the carpet’s base, where it promotes mould growth and other nasty developments.

Act quickly to remove stains.

No matter how careful you are, stains are a fact of life. It’s in the nature of cats to vomit, wine glasses to spill, and marmite toast to fall face-down. If something has left a stain on your carpet, time is of the essence.

After picking up as much of the solid matter as possible, soak a clean white towel in warm water and place it over the affected area. Avoid rubbing, as this will spread the stain. Instead, press gently and leave the water to soak in.

At this point, many people suggest using home-made remedies or store-bought chemicals, but we don’t recommend this. Professional carpet cleaners have the expertise and heavy-duty equipment to deal with a stain, but the relatively weak or alkaline chemicals available to you over the counter tend to make the problem worse. If you’re keen on a DIY solution, water on its own is surprisingly effective in many cases.

For tougher stains, call a professional.

While some stains can be fixed immediately with water, others require the knowledge and equipment of a carpet cleaning specialist. It all depends on the type of stain.

Water-based liquids with minimal colouring can usually be removed with water. Milk, beer, lemonade, and vanilla ice cream fall into this category, and you can usually clean these stains yourself.

Other liquids with more intense colouring or tannins are more difficult to remove. Red wine, white wine, orange juice, and coffee are some of the most common and problematic stains, and nearly always require professional help. Blood stains often require special treatment too.

We’ll make your carpet clean enough to lie down on.

All this talk of dirt and stains is probably making you think twice about going anywhere near your carpet. But if you care for it properly, you don’t need to live in fear. Even if you don’t have a specific stain that needs cleaning, it’s best practice to get your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. This will eliminate any residual filth lurking at the base of the carpet, reduce the potential for mould, and prolong the life of the carpet – helping you postpone the day of replacement.

Our dedicated team of professional carpet cleaners can help you keep your carpet in fantastic condition. We’ll drive anywhere in the Auckland region to provide you with a free, no-obligation quote – so even if you’re still in doubt, we’re happy to chat. Contact us to find out more.

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