Professional carpet/furniture and stone care

Carpet Care

Here are some tips for maintaining your furnishings, removing stains and dealing with emergencies

Carpets
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void over wetting or vigorously rubbing carpets. Many proprietary spot cleaners can bleach the carpet.

Blood
Blood is fairly easy to get out of a carpet (in small amounts!). Soak up with paper towels, put some cold water on the strain and work in with your finger, soak up again with paper towels. Repeat if necessary.

Dust Marks
These are the black marks that come up round the edge of carpets. Currents of air bringing dust up from underneath the floorboards cause them. Cleaning will usually only partially remove them and they may reappear. Putting down paper and sealing the edges of the floor before a carpet is laid may stop them.

Flood Damage
Water stains i.e. from burst pipes should be treated professionally and quickly if a lot of water has gone on the carpet. After the cause of the leak is fixed mop up the water with towels. NB Many terracotta plant pots are porous and will slowly leak water. SpeedyClean can help if you are local to us.

Floods from Flood water or backed up drains need speedy and professional attention. Quite apart from damage to your house and its contents there is usually a risk that bacteria from the dirty water will cause illness. We suggest you contact your insurers or the national carpet cleaners association Tel 0116271-9550 (or visit their website) for a company that deals with Flood Damage. SpeedyClean can help if you are local to us.

Food
Remove any excess then wipe with a cloth wrung out with a mild detergent.

Glue
It needs to be cleaned professionally, try wipe up any residue.

Ink
Blot up any excess. Indian and other natural inks are very difficult to get out of carpet completely but synthetic inks i.e. as used in shoe polish, can be removed by a solvent such as dab it off. For large stains get professional advice. For ball pint pen marks use a dry cloth and methylated spirits.

Lily Pollen
If dry try and vacuum clean off excess. If wet soak up with a dry cloth. Professional cleaning can often remove any residue but don't attempt cleaning the stain yourself with detergents.

Milk
Though it will not permanently stain a carpet, milk will give a horrible smell if not completely cleaned out, may need professional cleaning.

Mud
Let mud dry completely, brush with a stiff Brush to break up the mud then vacuum off.

Nail Varnish
Use a non-oily nail varnish remover or cellulose thinners and a dry cloth on superficial stains. Get professional advise for larger marks

Pet Stains
Animal urine is caustic and will often permanently stain a carpet. As with drink stains soak up as much as possible. There are proprietary odour removers but professional cleaning may be needed. For upholstery and curtains dry cleaning is effective for removing smells.

Paint
Do not get it on the carpet in the first place is the best advice. Emulsion when wet should be rinsed off with water, When dry it can be broken down ( if superficial stain) by rubbing with the blunt edge of a knife and then vacuumed cleaned off. You can use small amounts of white spirit to remove gloss paint but it can take the colour out of the carpet. If the paint is dry and superficial it can be shaved off with a sharp knife though be careful not to put holes in the carpet.

Red Wine
As with other drinks blot up as much as possible with a paper towel or dry cloth. Sprinkle white wine ( its acidity helps neutralise the stain) or water onto the stain and blot up again. Remove remaining stain with methylated sprits and a dry cloth. We do not advice putting salt on the stain.

Rust
Put Lemon juice on the mark, leave for a minute then rinse off with water, repeat if necessary. If this is unsuccessful professional cleaning will normally remove the rust.

Tar/oil
Remove stain with a spirit based cleaner, water will not dissolve oil based stains.

Tea/Coffee/drinks
Mop up as much as possible using a paper towel or an absorbent cloth until colour has gone. A cloth wrung out in a mild detergent or methylated sprits dabbed with a dry cloth may loosen up any residue left.

Soot
Soot is oily and cleaning with water and detergent is usually unsuccessful,. Vacuum clean up as much as possible. Small stains can be cleaned with a solvent-based cleaner but a professional should clean large stains.

Upholstery
Spot clean upholstery very cautiously as it is easy to make watermarks, particularly on cotton and linen fabrics. As with carpets, try to blot up any excess with kitchen towel or a cloth. A cloth well wrung out in mild detergent can be used to wipe up sticky stains but be careful not to get the fabric damp. Do not use water on silk or cotton velvet. Only wash loose covers if the manufacturers instructions recommend it. Most upholstery will be damaged permanently if it gets wet. Try and get it professionally cleaned BEFORE it dries.

Curtains
We recommend vacuum cleaning curtains every 6 months, particularly the headings and any pelmets and swags to stop dust building up.

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