Christmas time is almost upon us once again and for families all around the country this means many things. There will be parents desperately shopping for gifts, children counting down the days and party planners cooking roasts and uncorking wine.
Yes, there are many wonderful things to enjoy around the festive period, but there are often unavoidable accidents too. With wine and gravy comes spills and stains on carpets that never seem to want to come out. We believe that the holidays should be a relaxing time for everyone – most especially for humble carpet owners. That’s why we’re going to give a range of carpet cleaning advice that might come in handy around the silly season.
Cleaning Stains from Synthetic Carpets
With festive food and beverage consumption hitting a peak, the main type of carpet cleaning you’ll likely be doing around Christmas is stain removal. Tackling stains can seem like an insurmountable task, but we’re going to break it down, starting with synthetic carpets.
Some of the most common stains you might see around the festive season are wine, gravy or soft-drink related ones. Here’s a general guide on how you should tackle them on carpets like polyester and other synthetic varieties.
- Clean up as much as the spill as you can, without rubbing it into the carpet
- Vacuum away any dry particles
- Prepare a cleaning solution of ¼ teaspoon of mild dishwashing liquid and 1 cup of warm water
- Working from the edge of the stain, apply the solution, letting it sit for at least 5 minutes
- With a clean white cloth, dab up the solution, being careful not to rub the stain – this should transfer the stain from the carpet to the cloth.
- Rinse with cold water
This should clear up the stain. Now let’s look at stains for natural carpets.
Stain Removal for Natural Carpets
When it comes to natural carpets, many of the same rules for stain removal apply. You have to act quickly, remove any excess mess and make sure that you don’t rub the stain further into the carpet.
As natural carpets like wool are more absorbent, the first step is often to coat the spillage with an absorbent powder like salt and leave that overnight before vacuuming it away. You can then clean it with tepid water and, if necessary apply a diluted dye striper which is 1 part dye stripper to 50 parts cold water. This step is not recommended, however, for darker carpets or those with a pattern.
Extra Tips – General Cleaning Advice
Sometimes we get lucky and we avoid spills around Christmas. With lots of wear around the festive season though, your carpets might still be ready for a general clean and spruce up.
The dust and dirt that collects in synthetic carpets can generally be collected through routine vacuuming, but for a deeper piled clean it’s best to use a steam cleaner. It’s usually best to hire a professional steam cleaner, but there are do-it-yourself options.
Vacuuming is fine for wool and other natural carpets too, but always consult a professional about a deeper clean. Wool’s absorbent qualities will make steam cleaning a nightmare for the untrained cleaner.
So there you have it, a few tip to help you get through the thrills and spills of the silly season. With these general cleaning and stain removal tips, you will be able to sit, back, relax and enjoy your Christmas meal, and a drink – or two!