Slick Carpet Care

Why carpet cleaning is necessary:

Carpet is one of the most expensive pieces of furniture you ever buy. You can spend days, weeks, sometimes months selecting and deciding on the right colour, design, fibre, pattern; arranging finance or saving up for the big day when this luxurious floor covering can be laid...It's a big deal buying carpets! However, once laid, the carpet is expected to remain in the same fixed place for an average of 10 – 15 years, retaining;

  • Colour
  • Resilience
  • Texture
  • Pile-depth
  • And its overall general appearance.

But just as the clothes we wear need regular washing to keep them fresh and hygienic; our carpets also require periodic cleaning. Accumulated soil and grit are major causes of reduced carpet and fabric life, and enable harmful mites and bacteria to work unchecked. Cleaning costs are minimal when you consider the replacement cost of carpets and furnishings, so regular cleaning makes economic sense too.

Little do most of us realise that what we are seeing is only a tiny fraction of the soil that a carpet contains. The visible grime we notice is only the tip of the iceberg; up to 85 per cent of the dirt the carpet holds is buried deep within the pile.

Other reasons your carpets may require a thorough deep clean:
  • Routine cleaning
  • A spring clean and general freshen up
  • Carpet stain removal
  • Protect your long-term investments and internal furnishings
  • You own pets and need to remove pet hairs and a fresh smelling home
  • Your moving home shortly
  • Your property is being put on the market
  • Your family has young children or an allergy suffer, therefore you need to maintain a healthy indoor environment
  • Your preparing for a special occasion
  • You don't have the time to undertake it yourself
  • Businesses have one chance to make a first impression

Having your carpets professionally cleaned on a regular basis will extend their life expectancy considerably, in addition to keeping them hygienic and looking good. Not cleaning carpets correctly or even not cleaning them at all will reduce their life expectancy significantly, leaving you no option but to have them replaced.

The Carpet Cleaning Process:

Our carpet cleaning process is always preceded by a free inspection survey.

The inspection survey includes the following:
  • Soiling: Check depth of soil and signs of permanent staining
  • Fixings: Poor fixings may increase the risk of shrinkage
  • Seams: Poorly jointed seams may split during cleaning through water or heat
  • Backings: Type of backing may influence the method of cleaning. Some backings are prone to shrinkage.
  • Fibre Test: This test helps us to identify the correct cleaning solution. It also assists in pre-judgment on whether stains are removable.

The actual cleaning operation itself, which is used in both domestic and commercial settings, follows a ten step process. Click Here For More Info

Get a Quote:

All our quotes are subject to an inspection survey – the good news is that they are free of charge with no obligation. At no point will you be required or expected to agree to the cleaning. If our quote is accepted you will not pay more!

Hints & Tips

The cleaner you can keep your carpet the longer it will last.
Here are some ways to slow down the wear and tear process on your carpets:
  • Rearrange your furniture regularly so traffic areas are changed.
  • Use door mats at all entrances.
  • Vacuum regularly
  • Act quickly on spots and spills (see emergency tips for spills & stains below)
  • Elect to have family members remove shoes at the door
  • Keep kitchen floors clean - grease and oil can be tracked onto carpets
  • Designate eating areas. Many spills can introduce oils into your carpet which attract dirt and help lead to a dingy looking carpet. The less you eat in carpeted areas the better your chances are of avoiding these types of spills.
  • Have carpets professionally cleaned.

Emergency Tips for Spills and Stains

First and foremost - Don't Panic!
If something gets spilled on to your carpet, prompt action is required to prevent staining.

Be Prepared

It is the recommendation of the National Carpet Cleaners Association to have the following items and solutions to hand for dealing with spillages as soon as possible
  • Clean white absorbent cloth or towel
  • Dry Cleaning Solution - Surgical Spirit (usually available from local Chemists)
  • Detergent Solution - One teaspoonful of gentle detergent for washing woollens, to half a pint (0.3 litres) of warm water
  • Detergent Vinegar Solution - Add one teaspoonful of white (not malt) vinegar to the Detergent Solution
  • Ammonia Solution - One teaspoonful of branded household Ammonia (available from hardware stores) to one cup of warm water

General Tips
  • Do not over wet into backing materials
  • Always test any solution/detergent on an inconspicuous area of carpet prior to treating a stain
  • Use detergents at recommended dilution ratios
  • Scrape up or blot up any excess prior to treatment
  • Blot, never rub or scrub
  • Do not use inappropriate detergents on carpets or upholstery i.e. (washing up liquid, wash powders, household bleach, disinfectants)
  • Always work from the outside of the stain inward to avoid spreading
  • Always apply the cleaning fluid to the absorbent spotting material not directly onto the carpet or fabric
  • Encourage quick drying (carefully use a hairdryer on mild heat to assist)
  • Deal with stains as quickly as possible for increased chances of success
  • Keep the fabric or carpet as dry as possible.

Alcohol, Coffee, Tea, Liquid Foods, Urine
  • Blot up surplus spillage
  • Use Detergent Vinegar Solution, a little at a time
  • Work from the outer edge of the stain inwards
  • Frequently blot with dry cloths
  • See below for final rinse procedure

Chocolate, Sweets, Blood, Glue, Egg, Ice Cream, Milk, Soft Drinks, Vomit
  • Scrape up excess with a blunt knife
  • Use a Detergent Solution starting at the outer edge
  • Blot dry
  • Follow up with Ammonia Solution
  • Blot dry
  • See below for final rinse procedure

Solids, Fats, Tar, Chewing Gum, Oil, Ointment, Shoe Polish
  • Scrape up excess with a blunt knife
  • Use a Dry Cleaning Solution followed by Detergent Vinegar Solution
  • Blot dry
  • See below for final rinse procedure

Unknown Stains
  • Scrape up or blot surplus spillage
  • Use a Dry Cleaning Solution followed by clean luke warm water
  • Blot dry
  • If further treatment is needed, use either Detergent or Detergent Vinegar Solution
  • Blot dry
  • See below for final rinse procedure

Final Rinse Procedure (applicable to all above methods of stain removal)
  • Mix one-part white vinegar and four-parts water
  • Pour mixture into a spray bottle and spray over the stained area
  • Blot dampened area (do not rub) to remove excess moisture
  • Spread white kitchen towel (stacked 6-8 sheets deep) or absorbent cloth over the affected area and place a weight, such as a telephone directory on top
  • Leave overnight and repeat if necessary

Whilst the stain removal guide may be basic, it should help prevent some quite common and expensive DIY stain removal damage. Unfortunately, there can never be a guarantee of complete removal of a stain, but the correct routine will give your professional cleaner, when called in, the best possible chance of success.
Remember: Act Quickly. Scrape up solids, blot up liquids. Take plenty of time, it's worth the effort. Mix the solution accurately and test it on an out of the way piece of carpet. Always work from the outer edge of the stain to the centre. Dab or blot rather than scrub or rub, and most importantly – NEVER OVER WET.
Note: We are aware that some new carpets have been subjected to anti-static and soil-resistant treatments. Even when these have been applied, it is wise to follow the stain removal procedures suggested.

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