Regardless of how much effort you put at cleanliness, your
carpet will eventually experience spills, drops and dirt
from all kinds of sources. That is why we have prepared
expert advice for carpet cleaning. This article will guide
you on how you can clean your carpet and ensure that it
looks fresh as new.
1. Act Fast
You need to react as soon as you notice a stain on your
carpet. There is a very high possibility that you will be
able to remove it very easily and without causing further
damage to the carpet. However, the longer you wait the more
it will react with the carpet and become hard to get rid of.
So what exactly should you do?
# Blot the dirt; don’t rub or scrub it
When you rub or scrub a stain, you will not only damage the
carpet’s fibers but you will also create a fuzzy area of
dirt. When blotting, start from the outer edges of the stain
as you progress towards the center so as to avoid spreading
# Don’t dig or scoop
If the dirt is solid, use a spoon to scrape it towards the
center of the spill and onto a piece of cloth. If you dig or
scoop it you might work the dirt particles into the carpet
and make them stubborn stains.
2. Do-It-Yourself Cleaning
You might want to consider cleaning carpet stains yourself
before you resort to expensive professionals. We strongly
recommend that you learn the various cleaning solutions so
that you handle stains effectively as soon as possible. Here
is a list of expert advice on how to go about it:
# Try water before any other cleaning agent
A good number of stains will come out when cleaned with
plain water alone. Use a dry and clean cloth to blot the
dirt until you remain with the part that has worked its way
into the carpet. Switch to a damp cloth (soaked in water)
and blot the surface continuously until the stain
disappears. Make sure to change the cloth as often as
# Test commercial products
Shift to commercial cleaning agents if the stain is too
tough for plain water. However, make sure you test it first
on an inconspicuous area because some products are known to
damage or dirty the carpet even more.
# Use vinegar or club soda
Some common stains (like beer and wine stains) can be
removed using a mixture of vinegar and water. Use equal
amounts of both. Alternatively, you can try a mixture of
club soda and water. Soak a clean cloth in the mixture and
use it to blot the area. Repeat and change clothes until it
is sufficiently clean.
# Hydrogen peroxide is a great alternative
Other stains (like blood) cannot be removed by vinegar or
club soda but they can be cleaned with hydrogen peroxide.
Apply it directly to the stain and then use towels to dab
the foam that will form.
# Try organic cleaners for pet accidents
Pet poop and pee can be cleaned effectively using organic
carpet cleaners. They are very cheap solutions (as cheap as
$10) that can be bought from local stores. All you need to
do is apply the cleaning agent and scrub the spot until the
stain goes away.
# Shaving cream will come in handy
Carpet cleaning experts concur that ordinary shaving cream
can clean a number of general stains. Apply it directly, let
it set for approximately 30 minutes, and then blot the
resultant mixture away using a dry cloth. Finish by spraying
the affected area with a mixture of vinegar and water and
then wipe it away thoroughly with a clean and dry cloth.
# Freeze gum
If someone steps on chewing gum, simply get some ice and
freeze it for about 30 seconds. Lift up the glob and then
cut the strands of carpet (as close to the gum as possible).
# Heat wax
If candle (or any other) wax drips onto the carpet, get a
piece of cloth and iron box and use them to heat it until it
melts. Place the cloth on the affected spot and then use the
hot iron box to melt the wax. Finally, use a butter knife to
scrape it off in a gentle manner.
# Be patient
Most of the methods require you to repeat a particular
process over and over again. Do so until the stain is gone
and the spot is dry.
3. Call the Professionals
Don’t hesitate to call carpet cleaning professionals if the
DIY methods fail to work. You might have little to no
control over the cleaning process once you submit your
carpet to professionals but that doesn’t mean you can’t have
some influence. Expert advice holds that you should:
# Get the best company that you possibly can
Chances are you will get what you pay for. If you want
effective and efficient services then don’t shy away from
high-end carpet cleaners. Generally speaking, prices vary
depending on which part of Singapore you live.
# Examine the company
Compare and contrast customer reviews and general opinions
before you settle for any particular cleaning company.
4. Clean Regularly
This is arguably the most important part of this carpet
cleaning guide. Regular cleaning will leave it looking clean
as new and for that reason it will last very long. You might
not be able to deep-clean it often but you can do it at
least once in every two or three months. Deep cleaning
involves applying a cleaning agent to the carpet and
spraying it with high-pressure water using water-jet
nozzles. What you can do on a more often basis is vacuum
cleaning. In fact, high traffic areas (like entrance areas)
should be vacuumed at least once or twice per week to reduce
dirt build up. Consider the following if you want to do it
# Get the height of the vacuum right
It will damage carpet fibers if it is too low and it won’t
pick up dirt effectively if it is too high. To get the right
height, raise your vacuum to its highest setting and then
switch it on. Lower it slowly until it starts to tug itself
# Clean bags or filters
For maximum efficiency, replace or wash filters after every
three months for bagless vacuums and replace vacuum bags
when they are three-quarters full.
# Vacuum the carpet after removing stains
That will pick up any dirt that might have remained after
the stain has been removed.
# Let it dry
Your carpet should dry thoroughly to avoid cases of mold and
As you might have noticed from this expert advice piece,
carpet cleaning is not so hard. In fact, you only need to
have the right information. Know the types of stains and how
each one can be removed. Most importantly, learn how to
clean it as frequently as possible and it will always be
clean as new.
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