It's inevitable - no matter how hard you try, your carpet will end up with the occasional spillage
With coffee, wine and mud all proving to be potential hazards for our carpet - and that's before we take pets into consideration - it becomes imperative to tackle stains as soon as they occur.
However, you need to make sure that when you deal with these spillages, you get rid of them in an appropriate manner. For instance, what works on one type of carpet will not necessarily work on another, meaning you could end up unwittingly causing more damage.
So, before you think about tackling any stains, there are a few points to consider, as Paul Pearce, Technical Director of The National Carpet Cleaners Association (NNCA), who has partnered with United Carpets and Beds, explains...
1. You may think you're tempting fate doing this, but make sure you're aware of what material your carpet is made from before you have the chance to spill anything on it! That will set you on your way to knowing exactly what you should do. For instance, bleach-based solutions should only be used on polypropylene carpets - they can cause permanent damage to other materials.
2. Avoid soaking your carpet when you're cleaning it. If it ends up being wet for more than 24 hours, it could grow mildew and bacteria.
3. Remove any cleaning detergents from your carpet completely, otherwise the residue can end up causing a secondary stain.
4. Check the pH value of your cleaning solution - you don't want it to be more than 10 (i.e. very alkaline).
5. Don't scrub at the stain, unless you particularly want to risk damaging the carpet fibres...
6. Prior to using stain removing solutions - these can either be bought over the counter or self-mixed - you should test a small amount on an inconspicuous part of your carpet.
Be sure to come back later in the week when we find out how you can deal with the different types of stain.