Advice on keeping your carpets fresh from The Property Clinic carpet cleaners in Teddington
By fixme-1274822969614-Teddington-People | Wednesday, October 09, 2013, 23:47
If you're looking for a specialist carpet cleaner or upholstery cleaner in Teddington, The Property Clinic offers this advice:
Carpets look their best if they're thoroughly cleaned every 12 to 18 months although in high-traffic areas you might want to consider cleaning them more. For lighter coloured carpets, or if you have kids or pets, it is advisable to clean them two or three times a year.
When cleaning your carpets, try to follow the carpet manufacturer's cleaning guidelines. Whether you're cleaning them yourself or bringing in a professional carpet cleaner, you need to make sure you do a colourfastness test on a small area.
The Property Clinic, a specialist carpet cleaner and upholstery cleaner based in Teddington, will carry out a test on request but if you are doing it yourself they advise you to do the following:
• Find a carpet scrap or an inconspicuous spot, such as carpet inside a closet.
• Vacuum the carpet.
• Dampen a cloth with the cleaner or stain remover you want to use.
• Lay the cloth on the carpet for an hour, and then blot the damp area with a dry white cloth.
• If the cloth is stained with carpet dyes, test another cleaning product until you find one that does not make the carpet sample bleed.
Once you have checked the colourfastness of your carpets, there are number of options for cleaning your carpets depending on what you choose to do. If you are going to try to do them yourself you will need to protect your furniture. You may choose to then hire or rent a steam cleaner (water extraction) or to try the dry extraction method.
The Property Clinic uses the water extraction method using steam cleaners. These work by injecting a solution into the carpet pile, then pulling the dirty solution back into the machine.
If you're going to do this yourself, it's generally best to opt for a model that does not require a clean-water hookup as this means you won't have to drag a hose around the house with you. Also, try to choose the most powerful machine you can afford as it makes the job easier for you.
You'll also need to make sure you do not get the carpets overly wet. Overwetting can damage the carpet backing and underlayment, causing shrinkage, discoloration, and odor.
If you were to use a dry extraction method you would spread a dry absorbent compound over the carpet being cleaned which is then vacuumed up with the cleaning machine. This can work out more expensive than a steam cleaner.
If you do decide to call in a professional carpet cleaner to do the job The Property Clinic in Teddington specialises in water extraction for cleaning carpets. For more information on them, or to receive a free quote, click on their Teddington People profile for contact details.