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When an accident occurs, don’t panic. There are some simple and safe steps that you can take to resolve the problem or lessen the possibility of lasting damage before Aquatec Cleaning Group has a chance to attend and hopefully resolve the problem.
To achieve the best possible result, always deal with stains as quickly as possible. For really bad stains, seek advice from us before attempting to treat the stain yourself. Doing so could prevent irreversible damage to your carpet and/or upholstery.
Follow these simple steps and you should achieve great results:
- Remove any excess liquid spills or solids. If your carpets or upholstery has been treated with a stain protector the spilt liquid may float on top for a while, giving you time to mop it up using kitchen roll. If you don't have stain protection, there's a good chance the fibres will absorb the liquid like a sponge.
- Always work from the outside of the stain towards the centre.
- DON'T RUB or SCRUB – apart from damaging the carpet fibres rubbing or scrubbing will force the liquid into the fibres and down to the base of the pile making it more difficult to get any staining out.
- Use a blunt knife to scrape up any remaining solids.
- Dip a cloth (preferable a white cloth) in the lukewarm water and squeeze out the majority of the water.
- If you've got a bottle of recognised carpet or fabric solution, apply it to the cloth or, directly to the stain and then give it some time to work. After a couple of minutes, dab the fibres in the stained area with the cloth, working from the outside edge towards the centre. Turn your soft cloth frequently so you're always working with a clean surface. Never rub, scrub or use a harsh brush.
- Dampen (don't saturate) the carpet fibres with clear, lukewarm water to rinse out the liquid you've applied and to remove the residue from the spillage.
- Cover the spot with an absorbent white towel or kitchen roll and gently press down to blot and dry the area.
- Repeat the rinsing and blotting procedures until you have removed as much of the stain as possible and the moisture you’ve applied.
- Now place the absorbent white towel or 5 - 6 layers of kitchen roll over the area you've just cleaned, and weigh it down with a heavy, colour-fast object. The weight increases the absorption of any moisture that's still on your carpet. If the stained area is large, you may have to change the towels or kitchen paper frequently until the carpet is dry. Allow drying over 24 hours, this will absorb any stain in the base of the fibre that may wick up to the surface during the drying process. You can also apply gentle heat from a hair drier to speed up the drying process and lessen the risk of the stain wicking to the surface.
Carpets and upholstery are probably two of the bigger purchases you make in a lifetime. Below are some useful tips to help keep these furnishings in tip top condition for longer.
These tips will help reduce the need to have your carpets and upholstery cleaned, ultimately saving you money and, extending the life and pleasure you derive from your soft furnishings.
- Vacuum your carpets and upholstery on a regular basis. Carpets act as a filter trapping the dirt, grit, allergens, dust mites and a whole host of nasties.
- When vacuuming, always go North to South and then East to West. This will lift the pile and aid the removal of dirt.
- Where adjacent floor coverings are wood, laminate or lino, keep these floors clean to prevent transferred soiling taking place. This will prevent greasy traffic lanes from developing.
- When attempting home spot cleaning or any general cleaning, only use WoolSafe approved products. These products have been rigorously tested to ensure they are safe for all fibre types and that they meet their claims and don’t leave a sticky residue which will later attract dirt.
- Should an accident occur, follow the DIY guide on this web site to ensure you don’t make the problem worse and to, hopefully, remove the problem. Where the stain or spillage leaves a residual mark or, if you don’t feel confident enough to tackle it yourself, call Aquatec Cleaning Group.
- The use of barrier mats at external door entrances will greatly reduce soiling being carried into the property. Care must by taken to ensure these are not tripping hazards. These barrier mats should not be neglected when vacuuming or having carpets cleaned
- Removing shoes at the door also helps reduce the amount of dirt carried into the house. Youngsters are good at this but the older generation are less inclined to remove shoes.
- Stain protection acts by placing a barrier around every fibre. This barrier acts in a similar way to the Teflon coating on a frying pan, by stopping dirt sticking to the fibre so readily. This means that your vacuum will remove more dirt, keeping your carpets cleaner for longer. The stain protection will also assist in dealing with spillages to prevent them from becoming ugly and unsightly stains. See the video below for a remarkable demonstration of this.
- When your carpets or upholstery starts to look a little dull or tired, that is the time to consider having them professionally cleaned. Always employ a WoolSafe registered Service provider – your guarantee of industry approved training, sound practice and tried and tested solutions which are safe for all in the household as well as for the carpets and fabrics being cleaned
- Consider a maintenance plan to allow regular cleaning of your carpets and upholstery. This will prolong their life, keep them looking good and save you money and upheaval.
We serve customers in West Lothian, Edinburgh , Falkirk , and in Ayrshire