Top 3 tips to clean your home carpet

Properly cleaned and maintained carpet will last twice as long. Learn the effective strategies for keeping your carpet looking new and fresh for years.

Tip # 1: Get rid of dirt

Have a look at the carpet in your home.  The parts of the carpet that has the most foot traffic (carpet on staircase or hallway for example) tends to look more worn than parts of the home that has less use.

Dirt is like thousands of little blades that cut carpet fibres. When you walk across a dirty carpet, you grind sharp dirt particles against the yarn, making tiny nicks in the fibres.

All that fuzz mixed in with the dirt in your vacuum cleaner bags is your beautiful carpet headed out the door one bag at a time. When dirt scratches the fibres, it dulls the sheen, which is why high-traffic areas appear duller than the rest of the carpet.

Over time, grinding dirt wears away the fibres too, which mats them down and makes them stain more easily.

What you can do

Vacuum regularly

To protect your carpet, vacuum entrance areas and high-traffic areas twice a week and the rest of the carpeting at least weekly. Oily soils attract oily soils, and frequent vacuuming will reduce soil build-up.

Use a clean vacuum bag

A dirty bag, dirt cup or filter can cut a vacuum’s suction power in half. The main reason bagless vacuums stop working is that the filters aren’t changed often enough. Replace or wash (if possible) the filters on bagless vacuums every three months. Replace vacuum bags when they’re three-quarters full.

Vacuum at the right speed

Vacuum slowly enough to get out as much dirt as possible. Make one quick pass over low-traffic areas and two slow passes over high-traffic areas. Two slow passes removes ground-in dirt more effectively than several fast passes.

Use mats

Use walk-off mats inside and out to keep dirt off the carpeting. Coarse-textured mats outside your doors remove soil and will make a how to clean carpet project easier. Water-absorbent mats inside prevent wet shoes on the carpeting.

Tip # 2: Use a professional carpet cleaner

Most carpet manufacturers recommend professional hot water extraction as the primary cleaning method for synthetic carpets. Although it’s often referred to as “steam” cleaning, there’s no steam involved. The carpet is pre-treated with a detergent solution, and then a very hot rinse solution under high pressure is forced into your carpet and vacuumed out. When done correctly, this process cleans deep and doesn’t leave behind a soap residue.

Don’t be tempted to skip professional cleanings altogether and just rent a machine to clean the carpet yourself. A rented or purchased carpet-cleaning machine will remove the surface dirt. But deep cleaning to remove allergens, dust and greasy residues requires the specialized equipment and training of a pro. The best strategy is to use our DIY how to clean carpet cleaning tips most of the time and hire a professional every 12 to 18 months.

Tip # 3: Take care of stains immediately

Get on top of stains immediately.  Don’t let the stains soak into the carpet fibres.  Here are some useful tips to help you treat stains.

Don’t dig

Digging or scooping can work the stain into the carpet. If there are solids on top of the stain, use a spoon or dull knife to carefully scrape the food toward the middle of the spill and into a white towel and then treat the stain.

Act immediately

If you get to a stain immediately, there’s a 99 percent chance you can remove it. The longer a stain reacts chemically with the carpeting, the harder it is to remove.

Try water

Eighty percent of stains can be removed using plain tap water. To remove a stain, press a clean, dry, white cloth over the stain to absorb the spill. Repeat until the spill is absorbed. Then gently work water into the stain with a damp white towel and blot until the stain is gone. Change cloths when necessary. For a particularly stubborn spot, go to the online “spot solver” resource at The Carpet and Rug Institute (the carpet manufacturers’ trade organization) to find your stain and a suggested solution. Use a fan to dry the area if it’s very wet.

Blot not rub

Scrubbing a stain will damage the fibres and create a fuzzy area. Always blot from the outer edge toward the centre of the stain to avoid spreading the spot and creating a larger problem.

Be patient.  Work slowly and meticulously

Work water gently into the spill and then blot with a dry cloth. Repeat until the stain is gone and all the water has been absorbed. If you’re patient, you’ll almost always be able to remove the stain.

Try vinegar or baking soda

If water alone doesn’t remove a stain, try a white vinegar and water solution (equal amounts) or club soda before trying stronger commercial cleaning products.

Always spot test first

Spot test is a key step in stain removal.  Even homemade solutions must be tested first before you apply on the stain.  Make sure whatever you are using on the carpet is safe and will not damage, discolour or bleach the carpet.

Dry properly

If you are using water to blot and remove stains, the water can easily seeped inside the carpet.  Be sure to dry out the spot carefully.  Blot as much of the water away with paper towels.  Use a fan or a small fan heater.  Test to make sure the spot is 100% dry.

Damp carpets can cause mould growth.  Mould is extremely dangerous for health.  It also damages carpet irreversibly.

Get your home carpet steam clean with a professional carpet cleaner.  Call the expert carpet cleaners in Sydney. Call DryTech Carpet Cleaning today.

DryTech Carpet Cleaning is one of Sydney’s best domestic cleaning and carpet cleaning companies.  For more information about our wide range of services or a free quote call: 0408 578 918 or email:

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