No matter how hard you vacuum, there might be crumbs as well as hairs that the vacuum cleaner just can’t suck in. This is a widespread issue people have to deal with when they own long-hair carpets. Even the most powerful vacuum cleaner cannot clean the fibres to such a higher standard. The solution is to buy a lint roller for those areas and rub some elbow grease on it until you collect all the particles, down to the last one. Depending on the type of carpet, you may not even have to spend more than five minutes in total per carpet.
Eliminate Pet Hair
Pet hair is notoriously hard to remove with merely a vacuum cleaner. Even lint rollers might not be sufficient enough as the whole surface area needs to be cleaned and when it comes to some pets, shedding might just be too overwhelming. If the carpet also has very short hair, then the squeegee is your best bet at getting all the hair off the carpet. The squeegee may be intended for windows, but the squeegee’s design is such that it dislodges frost, gunk and other substances that form thin layers and stick to a surface, just like pet hair on the surface of a short-hair carpet. Water the squeegee and use it just like you would on a window.
Remove Stains with an Iron
Stain removal is something that has tested the intelligence and willpower of homeowners since the time carpets became something that people started using to tie a room together. There are different schools of thought on the matter, but here is one that has been tried and tested effectively by quite a lot of people. It involves a three-step process.
First vacuum the stained area in order to remove any hard particles that are stuck onto the carpet. This can help you focus only on the stains at hand. This is a crucial preparation prior to cleaning. Next, treat the spots with a mixture of vinegar and water with a ratio of 3:1. Allow the mixture to work its way into the stained textile and perform the reaction you intended. Finally, after 5 minutes of waiting for the mixture to react with the stain, place a towel on the stained area and on it, place a heated iron. The pressure and heat will cause the stain to be transferred from the carpet to the towel.
Always Rub, Never Blot
Rubbing dirt away is almost like second nature. You do it for polishing shoes, washing dishes, even with stains on sheets. However, with carpets, rubbing can lead to the spreading of the stain. You might rub the stain even more into the fabric, which is the most certain way to permanent discolouration. No matter which cleaning liquid you use, keep in mind that only blotting washes the stain away when you are applying pressure to the spot, which leads to the liquid being absorbed into the sponge or cloth. Another way to ensure that the carpet fibre is protected is to pay attention to which direction you blot in. Blotting inwards from outside makes sure that the stain does not spread further.
These are just a few tips to keep your carpet looking good. Professional carpet cleaners can advise you on more.