How To Save Money On Rug And Carpet Cleaning
Carpets and rugs are magnets for dirt. All the dust that circulates around your home eventually ends up on the ground. On top of that, walking on the carpets inevitably pushes the dust and other micro debris deep into the fibre of your floor covering.
That is why, a regular cleaning is needed to keep them fresh and clean from any bacteria and dirt. Reducing the budget you spend on cleaning can be divided into three main categories:
- Professional cleaning.
Let’s discuss each one and what you need to do to save as much as possible.
Imagine you have a room where you never go in. Will the carpets and rugs in it ever get stained or dirty? Surely not, because the main cause of dirt, stains, and wearing off, is people and pets. Therefore, cleaning and maintaining your rugs and carpets will keep them in top condition and will reduce the times you’ll need the help of a professional.
Regularly clean your rugs and carpets
Depending on the number of people in your household and the area you’re cleaning, you should vacuum once every few days up to a week and according to the specialists at Fantastic Cleaners, carry professional steam or dry cleaning once every 3 months. For example, if you only enter your bedroom in the evening, when going to sleep, your carpet will need much less cleaning. Compare it to a corridor or a living room, where you spend hours and hours walking, sitting, playing with kids and pets on those carpets.
Protect your carpets
There are two main ways you can protect your carpets from stains and wearing off. The first is to use floor coverings such as welcome pads on the entryways of your home, where you often step with your shoes on.
Speaking of shoes, if you usually walk with your shoes on at home, that may be one of the main reasons your rugs get dirty fast. The soles of the shoes are much harder than our feet and easily damage the fibres. Moreover, walking with your shoes on at home will bring all the dirt from the outside.
The second way to protect your carpets and rugs from stains is to use a carpet and rug protector which will stop stains from penetrating deep into the fabric and will make it much easier to clean.
DIY – best way to clean carpets and rugs yourself
As careful as you can be, there will inevitably come a time where you’ll spill some beverage or food or your pet will do ‘the unthinkable deed’.
Treat spots immediately
Stains that are left to dry and soak in deep into the fabric become much harder to remove. Moreover, leaving a stain to dry increases the chance that you won’t be able to deal with it yourself and will have to call a professional carpet cleaner and spend more money.
Use a homemade carpet cleaner
Cleaning stains the right way is a life skill that everyone should learn, and part of it is knowing what cleaning solutions to use depending on the type of fibre and stain. Using your own, homemade cleaners for each type of stain will also save you quite a few bucks.
Cleaning the 4 most common stains on carpets and rugs
Here is how to clean some of the most common types of stains with self-made cleaning solutions
#1 Red wine
Wine is great, it is healthy, tasty and classy. The one thing we don’t like about it is that it leaves terrible stains. Here is an easy way to clean if you ever spill some of it on your carpets:
- Absorb as much of the liquid as possible, using a dry white cloth;
- Make a homogeneous solution of ⅓ cup white vinegar, ⅓ cup of mild dish soap and a cup of warm water;
- Gently blot the stain with the mixture (never rub) until the stain is removed and then soak with a damp white cloth.
#2 Blood and other protein-based stains
The most important thing to remember when cleaning such stains is to never use warm or hot water.
- Simply mix a tablespoon of dish washing detergent and half a cup of water;
- Smear the stain with the mixture using a white cloth;
- Afterwards, rinse with cold water. Repeat the process if necessary.
#3 How to clean coffee stains
As much as we like coffee, our carpets don’t. Here is an easy solution that works:
- Using a damp white cloth, absorb as much of the coffee as you can;
- Dilute a tablespoon mild liquid soap in a cup of water and gently scrub the area with a cloth or a sponge;
- Absorb the fluid with a dry towel.
#4 Cleaning poop and urine from your pets
Pets can sometimes surprise us with an unwanted ‘gift’. Here is how to take care of it:
- Soak as much of the liquid and other particles with a towel. Don’t rub;
- Spray the surface with white vinegar and leave it for 20 minutes;
- Using a dry towel, absorb as much as you can;
- In order to absorb the smell, sprinkle baking soda on top;
- Finally, blot the surface to remove the baking soda and then dry the surface with a dry paper towel or a hairdryer.
Remember: always read the labels on your carpets and rugs and inform yourself about whether your carpet fabric can be cleaned with the solution you’ve prepared.
If you are unsure whether the solution will damage your carpets or rugs, test it on an invisible spot and leave over 24 hours before commencing to clean a larger area.
Saving from professional carpet and rug cleaning
There are many occasions where a professional cleaning will be the better choice than cleaning stains or other marks yourself as you may damage the carpet or rug permanently.
When booking a professional carpet and rug cleaning, there are a few things to have in mind in order to spend the least amount on the service. Here are our tips:
- Know the type of your carpet fabric and the type of stain that will be cleaned, so the pro can tell you if the stain can be treated and what method and solutions will be used.
- Know the specifics of your property. From the location, parking spots, the floor you live in and the access to it (with lift or not), the square meters of carpet and rugs that will be cleaned, etc. This way you’ll be able to get a specific quote for the service.
- Discounts and deals. Check if the service provider offers any deals and discounts that you can benefit from, like bulk discounts, memberships, regular booking discount, etc.
- Extra charges. Make sure you ask if VAT is included as well as if there are any other fees or extra services that you’ll be charged for.
Hope those tips will be of help to you and cleaning and maintaining your rugs and carpets will be a much easier task.