Carpet cleaning tips

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Posted 13th Sep
Hi guys, any tips on how to clean carpets please?

Have read using washing up liquid and vinegar will do the trick but would be great to hear from peeps who's actually tried cleaning with positive results.

Thanks
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I bought a carpet cleaner, Vax, around £120. Easy to use and quick!
Don’t use washing up liquid use laundry liquid but also you can get a rug doctor for about £30 use the same liquid and it’s easy to do.
Washing up liquid is a terrible idea on carpets.

As above, you can use liquid laundry detergent. NOT powder or tabs.

Rug Doctors are pretty good machines. Hire one and see what it's like. Depending on how often you want to clean your carpets, the consumer version is a nice machine to own as well.

Otherwise, you could get on your hands and knees with a bucket and a towel, wet the towel in a suitable cleaning solution and scrub!

Awful lot of hard work though, and you won't be able to remove stains like a machine will. You can’t replicate the action of rinsing through like a machine either.
Edited by: "PAISAL" 13th Sep
eslick13/09/2020 09:11

Don’t use washing up liquid use laundry liquid but also you can get a rug d …Don’t use washing up liquid use laundry liquid but also you can get a rug doctor for about £30 use the same liquid and it’s easy to do.


Thanks for the tip. I just looked up rug doctor and it's £140 from Argos. May I ask where I can get one for £30?!

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Yesgo13/09/2020 09:49

Thanks for the tip. I just looked up rug doctor and it's £140 from Argos. …Thanks for the tip. I just looked up rug doctor and it's £140 from Argos. May I ask where I can get one for £30?!https://www.argos.co.uk/product/7419742?istCompanyId=a74d8886-5df9-4baa-b776-166b3bf9111c&istFeedId=c290d9a9-b5d6-423c-841d-2a559621874c&istItemId=ipxaqamlx&istBid=t&&cmpid=GS001&_$ja=tsid:59157%7cacid:598-923-9094%7ccid:9549408456%7cagid:97028003279%7ctid:pla-884269072296%7ccrid:422748695987%7cnw:g%7crnd:4055623677477158167%7cdvc:m%7cadp:%7cmt:%7cloc:1007265&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=9549408456&utm_term=7419742&utm_content=shopping&utm_custom1=97028003279&utm_custom2=598-923-9094&gclid=Cj0KCQjwhvf6BRCkARIsAGl1GGgRUwatWgCh1OzRlcgB-qhTUOOxd2WOYiL4qkqiI1RRC2YSW_b2qv4aAgzUEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds


Rent one
PAISAL13/09/2020 09:14

Washing up liquid is a terrible idea on carpets.As above, you can use …Washing up liquid is a terrible idea on carpets.As above, you can use liquid laundry detergent. NOT powder or tabs. Rug Doctors are pretty good machines. Hire one and see what it's like. Depending on how often you want to clean your carpets, the consumer version is a nice machine to own as well.Otherwise, you could get on your hands and knees with a bucket and a towel, wet the towel in a suitable cleaning solution and scrub!Awful lot of hard work though, and you won't be able to remove stains like a machine will. You can’t replicate the action of rinsing through like a machine either.


Brilliant advice. Thank you.

Would you know what mix of water and detergent please? And do I need to clean up with water or dab the carpet with a wet cloth afterwards?

Or do I just scrub with the detergent mix and leave it?
Yesgo13/09/2020 09:51

Brilliant advice. Thank you.Would you know what mix of water and detergent …Brilliant advice. Thank you.Would you know what mix of water and detergent please? And do I need to clean up with water or dab the carpet with a wet cloth afterwards?Or do I just scrub with the detergent mix and leave it?


Liquid laundry detergents are of different concentrations. So it’s hard to say exactly how much without knowing which you’ll use.

But typically, they come with a measuring cap lid. Fill 2/3 of that per 4 litres of water and make sure it’s mixed well. Don’t have to go overboard with mixing, just pour detergent first, then pour hot water on top. Use water that’s as hot as you can get it from the tap.

You don’t really need to scrub over again with plain water. But it might be effective as a bit of a “flush”.
Just go over it with the detergent mix and see what the results are like. Then do it if you feel it will help.

Just make sure you don’t over soak the carpet as without a machine to draw the water out, it will take too long to dry. Unlikely to happen with just a wet towel.

If using a Rug Doctor hire machine, the tank capacity is about 8.5 litres. So use about 1 and a half capfuls of detergent.

Generally with the detergent, less is more.
Edited by: "PAISAL" 13th Sep
Yesgo13/09/2020 09:51

Brilliant advice. Thank you.Would you know what mix of water and detergent …Brilliant advice. Thank you.Would you know what mix of water and detergent please? And do I need to clean up with water or dab the carpet with a wet cloth afterwards?Or do I just scrub with the detergent mix and leave it?


Forgot to add, vacuum the carpet first before attempting to wash. Goes for both manual and machine cleaning.
PAISAL13/09/2020 10:06

Liquid laundry detergents are of different concentrations. So it’s hard to …Liquid laundry detergents are of different concentrations. So it’s hard to say exactly how much without knowing which you’ll use.But typically, they come with a measuring cap lid. Fill 2/3 of that per 4 litres of water and make sure it’s mixed well. Don’t have to go overboard with mixing, just pour detergent first, then pour hot water on top. Use water that’s as hot as you can get it from the tap. You don’t really need to scrub over again with plain water. But it might be effective as a bit of a “flush”. Just go over it with the detergent mix and see what the results are like. Then do it if you feel it will help.Just make sure you don’t over soak the carpet as without a machine to draw the water out, it will take too long to dry. Unlikely to happen with just a wet towel.If using a Rug Doctor hire machine, the tank capacity is about 8.5 litres. So use about 1 and a half capfuls of detergent.Generally with the detergent, less is more.


Amazing advice. Thank you!
Is the carpet wool, nylon(polyamide), polyester, polypropalene, sisal, seagrass, jute or something else?
Edited by: "EndlessWaves" 13th Sep
EndlessWaves13/09/2020 10:58

Is the carpet wool, nylon(polyamide), polyester, polypropalene, sisal, …Is the carpet wool, nylon(polyamide), polyester, polypropalene, sisal, seagrass, jute or something else?


I have no idea. Basic carpet but thick. Definitely not wool.
If it's recent then most are polypropylene these days.
Washing up liquid and vinegar with warm water worked an absolute treat on my carpets. Just make sure it’s white vinegar and not what you’d put on your chips
ChelseaRae13/09/2020 13:41

Washing up liquid and vinegar with warm water worked an absolute treat on …Washing up liquid and vinegar with warm water worked an absolute treat on my carpets. Just make sure it’s white vinegar and not what you’d put on your chips


Cool thank you
Definitely rent a rug doctor, I just returned mine yesterday. Both my local Tesco and Asda have them to rent out, but you have to order it online tesco.rugdoctor.co.uk
28.99 for 48 hours, then £12 for their carpet detergent when you collect it. Couldn’t believe the dirt that came out of my carpet, and it’s less than a year old!
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