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Carpet Care Guide

Flooring Direct understands the pressures that buying a brand-new carpet can entail. From the introduction of the ‘no shoes on the carpet’ rule to no food or drinks within the perimeter, we want to ensure that your carpet remains in sound condition. To cover the basics of caring for your carpet from when its installed and the many years to come, regularly vacuuming and cleaning your new carpet will prevent any build up of bacteria, allergens and odours. 

Carpets are most commonly used in areas of the home that require a layer of warmth and comfort to set a relaxing ambience, so investing in the right carpet that is high quality and will remain in immaculate condition is an important decision.

In a busy family home, it’s important to keep on top of vacuuming and cleaning your carpets to remove any dirt and dust that collects over time. Routinely carrying out these cleaning processes can dramatically improve the overall appearance and feel of your carpet, so you don’t need to worry about fronting the cost of regular replacements. 

Flooring Direct has constructed a simple carpet care guide full of helpful tips and expert advice on how to treat your carpet. Whether you need help removing red wine stains or general advice and information on maintenance procedures, you’ve come to right place.

How To Clean Your Carpet 


How To Remove Pet Related Stains


We all love our pets, but they sure can be messy. Here’s a few tips on how to work on removing those dreaded stains…

1. Choose an enzyme-based solution that correlates with your carpet's fibre type.

2. Test the solution on a small patch of your carpet beforehand to ensure it is safe to use and will not damage it – it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

3. Rinse away the solution with hot water once it has had time to work its magic.

4. >If this process doesn’t lift the stain, consider hiring a commercial carpet cleaner or purchase a piece of domestic carpet cleaning equipment to tackle it.

5. You can also purchase vacuums specifically designed to pick up animal hairs! This is something to consider if someone in your household suffers from pet allergies.

How To Steam Clean Carpet

1.  Start by removing all the furniture from the room you are cleaning to ensure you can cover all areas of the carpet.

2. Prepare your carpet before by vacuuming and lifting any dirt that may have settled on the surface. Also, wipe over your skirting boards ensuring they are free from any dirt or dust.

3. Follow all the instructions provided with your steam cleaner to ensure that you get the best results possible.

4. Start steaming your carpet from the point furthest away from the door to avoid stepping on the damp areas. Take your time focusing great attention on each area to achieve visible results.

5. Leave your carpet to dry for a few hours before moving the furniture back into the room.



How To Deep Clean Carpet


1. Clear the room of all items and furniture, creating an empty surface to work on.

2. Vacuum the room to remove any settled dirt or dust. 

3. Follow the instructions outlined for your carpet cleaner of choice, including the measurements of solutions required.

4. Begin the cleaning process from the furthest point in the room away from the door to avoid dirtying your freshly cleaned carpet.

5. Open any doors or windows to allow air ventilation and speed up the process of drying your carpet.

How To Remove Wine Stains From Carpet

1. Blot any stained areas with a cloth to soak up as much excess wine as possible.

2. Pour cold water directly onto the stain to dilute it – this will dramatically reduce the colouring of the stain.

3. Continue to blot the affected area until there is no liquid left to lift.

4. Mix a three to one ratio solution of water and baking soda to apply to the stain.

5. Once the carpet has dried, vacuum the stain to remove any left-over dirt that the remnants of the stain could cling to.


Candle wax on stain-resistant carpet

How To Remove Wax Stains From Carpet


1. The longer hot wax sits on the carpet, the harder it is to remove, so act fast!

2. Grab a bag of ice and leave it to sit on top of the wax stain for a few minutes.

3. Remove the ice and use a blunt knife to scrape away the wax once it has set.

4. Lay a clean cloth over the remaining wax stain and press a warm iron on top to lift it cleanly off.

5. Repeat this process until the wax disappears.

How To Remove Coffee Stains From Carpet

1. Use paper towel to blot the coffee infected area and remove all excess liquid before it soaks in.

2. Pour warm water onto the area to dilute the coffee left on the carpet.

3. Use a mixture of white vinegar and warm water to lift the stain – this can bleach the carpet if applied too heavily, so test it on a section of the carpet beforehand.

4. Leave the solution to soak in for 5 - 10 minutes.

5. Take a clean cloth and dab the stain until the area is dry and clean.

Coffee spilt on carpet

Everyday Carpet Care 

Hoover your soft and colourful carpet
You can expect many good years of use from one of our carpets if you care for it in the correct way.
• To prevent heavy furniture from creating lasting indents in your carpet, try using furniture cups to distribute the weight out evenly, or rearrange the layout of your room once a year. 
• Protect your carpet from constant exposure to direct sunlight to avoid any colour-fading or bleaching. Invest in some curtains or blinds to assist with this. 
• Deal with spillages fast! Be sure to blot instead of rub and use a clean cloth or kitchen towel to lift excess liquid. Tackle the stain from the outside, working your way inwards to minimise the surface area covered.
• Brush or vacuum over the infected area after is has dried to return the carpet fibres to their previous form. 

Is It Time To Renew Your Carpet? 

Being consistent with carpet maintenance will undoubtedly extend its lifespan, but even the highest quality carpets will show signs of aging and wear over time. So, if you are fed up of tripping over frayed carpet edges or seeing that one patch of worn down carpet at the bottom of your stairs, have a browse of our selection and find the ideal fit for your home. 

Check out our Carpet Buying Guide to aid you in your decisions and answer any other questions you might have. Don’t forget, you can order some free samples and experience the feel of the carpet before you buy! Or try our visualiser to help you gage an idea of how you could transform your floors with Flooring Direct.