I came across a research from Wich? yesterday regarding carpet stain removers. It is quite interesting and it proves that sometimes a little can go quite far.
Experts conducting the research found that in most cases using washing up liquid to clean fresh stains on the carpet works better than any costly cleaning product we have on the market.
Washing up liquid diluted in water proved to be as good as any other cleaning product to remove most of the stains (fresh or dried) except chocolate and coffee, being as effective as 13 out of the 17 products tested by Which?
But if you still put your hands up for specialized cleaning products for your carpet stains you should know that there is no need to spend a fortune on them. The Which? research showed that the best carpet stain removers are the ones from your supermarket brand; so forget about the big brands!
At the end of the day the key on removing stains from a carpet is on the elbow (check our previous article on this).
Do you have any trick to get rid of nasty stains on your carpet? Share with us!
We all know how important it is to keep our carpet clean at home. A carpet’s life can be reduced due to dirt, grit and oil residues, so prevention is essential to keep it nice.
Always remember to remove your shoes when arriving home; regular vacuuming is also important; as well as cleaning any stains as soon as they happen.
But eventhough we try our best to keep our carpet clean, we always need to think about cleaning it professionally on a regular basis. Here is a table to help you decide how often you need to call the professionals. Take it only as a reference and remember that every household is different:
|How often should I clean my carpet:
|A house with:
|1 or 2 people
|Every 9 months
|Every 6 months
|Children and Pets
or, Children and Smokers
or, Pets and Smokers
|Every 3 months
|Children and Pets and Smokers
In this post we will explain you how to remove different stains from your carpet, from candle wax to coffee and more.
– Alcoholic drinks: Dilute the stain with cold water. Absorb the excess liquid (remember to blot, not scrub). Mix warm water with one teaspoon of mild detergent and apply to the stain. Let it dry.
– Candle wax: Take an ice cube and press it against the stain so the wax will get harder and you will be able to remove it easily.
– Wine: If it is red wine you will need to dilute it with white wine, then blot with cold water and cover the stain with table salt. Wait about ten minutes and then you can vacuum the salt.
– Blood: Blot the stain with paper to absorb as much of the blood as possible. Mix warm water with one tablespoon of mild detergent and another of white vinegar. Apply this mix to the stain and let it dry afterwards.
– Chocolate: Rub as much of the chocolate as possible. Mix warm water with one teaspoon of mild detergent and another one of white vinegar. Apply the mix, rinse and let dry.
– Chewing gum: Take an ice cube and press it against it. The gum will then harden and you will be able to take it off easily.
– Fruit:You need to be quick with this one otherwise the stain will not desapear. Rub as much of the fruit as possible and absorb the liquid with paper. Mix warm water with one teaspoon of mild detergent and another one of white vinegar. Blot the stain with this mix and let it dry afterwards.
– Coffee: Blot the stain with paper. Mix warm water with one tablespoon of mild detergent and another one of white vinegar. Apply the mix to the stain and let it dry.
Recession strikes again, but this time for the better! A new survey from the National Carpet Cleaners Association (NCCA) has revealed an increase of business on the carpet cleaning sector.
There are different reasons for these. The main one is the fact that more and more clients are less willing to buy a new carpet when an accident happens; there is a tendency to restore carpets instead of replacing them due to the amount of income available.
This economic crisis has forced a lot of people to change their expending habits. Money is now spent on important and essential items. As well the downfall on the housing market has meant fewer houses built, therefore less carpets are needed.
At the same time that the carpet cleaning business experiences an increase in sales, customer behaviour is changing and we can find more clients expecting good value for money.
So the message for the cleaning industry, and specifically for carpet cleaning, is very clear: now more than ever we need to proof our expertise and provide high level of service to increase customer satisfaction.