How To Remove Stains From Carpets

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What are those ugly black lines in carpets under doorways?

Carpet stains

In the photo above, you can see a good example of draught marks (or filtration soiling as its known in the trade). These marks are in the process of being removed, which is why they only continue part way across the doorway.

These marks are caused by the movement of air passing through the carpet as it is trying to get through the gap between the carpet and the floorboard, or skirting board.

Air contains pollution and it will find its way into your home. The main reason is that hot air rises. Even where the carpet gripper pierces through the carpet backing the air will flow through and form black dots on the surface of the carpet.

Because most homes aren’t airtight, the air moves between these gaps. The carpet then acts like a filter, trapping the solid particles.

A good way to prevent it is to lift up the carpet and lay thick sheets of card, or paper overlapping them and sticking them down with tape, then sealing around the edges with tape too. Once you have sealed the floor properly you will then be able to lay your carpet.

If the marks are already there, your options are limited. You can try to live with it. Or you can call an expert to tackle them. Trying to remove them yourself can make things much worse. I never take on draught marks if someone has tried DIY methods, for this very reason.

Happily, as in the photo above, many draught marks can be successfully removed. Even the worst examples can be greatly improved with the right products and know-how.

If you’re annoyed by nasty draught marks, give me Perry as call on 01304 381165 and I can come by and test them and give you an idea of the likely success.

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How To Keep Your Carpets Looking Beautiful All Year

Carpets naturally get dirty and look downtrodden. It can’t be stopped. But it can be slowed down, managed.

This blog is written with the intention of helping you keep your carpets looking great for as long as possible.

Everything gets dirty eventually. Our bodies need regular washing, as do our clothes.

We wash our cars, our windows, steam or mop our hard floors, yet we often overlook the largest area in our homes or works that get walked on, stomped on and spilled on every day! Yes, I’m talking about our carpets.

Why is it that we may get our windows cleaned every month, we may mop our hard floors weekly, or more often, yet we ignore our expensive carpeting?

It’s because carpets are an amazing marvel of design that traps and hides dirt so that it is not immediately visible.

Indoor environmental experts tell us that carpet acts like a filter to our indoor environment. Everything in the air settles on the carpet eventually. In addition, soils and pollutants are tracked in on our shoes, slippers and feet. And food and drink particles get accidentally spilled.

Yet we don’t see it.

This is because carpet is constructed to trap pollutants and soils in the fibres, thus filtering them out of the air and keeping them unseen in the carpet fibres.

It’s only when the carpet becomes saturated with soils, or gets a noticeable spill stain that we become aware that something needs to be done. Of course, by this time the carpet is absolutely filthy (but you can still only see the surface appearance, somewhat like an iceberg where 90% of it is unseen, below the surface).

And this soiling not only harms our health, but causes premature wear to your expensive carpeting too!

If you don’t believe me, just look at the main walkways of your carpets and see how they look. Then look in your vacuum cleaner bag or tub, and see all the carpet fibres that have been worn off by gritty soils or broken off due to neglect. Those carpet fibres cost you a lot of money. Now they’re in the refuse.

So what can you do to minimise this unseen damage?

Here’s 5 simple steps that will keep your carpets in their best possible condition. Practice them in 2016 and you’ll really notice a difference.

1. KEEP DIRT OUTSIDE. This seems obvious but I see it ignored every day. The less dirt that comes in, the less there will be to spoil your lovely carpets.Take off shoes. Use entry mats at doorways. And make sure the mats are big enough that people cant just step over. Clean the mats monthly.

2. VACUUM PROPERLY. Again we all know how to vacuum, right?
Yet we often do it so hurriedly that we’re barely removing any soil! Vacuuming needs to be slow to be effective. Vacuum from several angles over the same area. Use an edging tool to clean along the skirting. Vacuum AT LEAST weekly, or more.

3. DEAL WITH SPILLS IMMEDIATELY. Never leave a spill until later. Blot spills, never scrub. Never use those awful spotters from retail stores. No professional would be seen dead with them. There’s a reason for that. They can HARM your carpet. All that foam contains bleaches, and the stickiness attracts even more dirt. Use one that a professional uses. Make sure its eco friendly too. You don’t want all those nasty chemicals in your carpets. If you use my services every year, ask me and I’ll give you one of my eco pro spotters free. They’re £6.99 so you’re getting a good product free if you’re serious about looking after your carpets.

4. PLAN YOUR CARPET CLEANING. I realise that most people don’t look forward to having their carpets cleaned. There’s the cost, and the disruption of having someone in your home, then waiting for them to dry. I liken it to going to the dentist. No one likes going. It costs money, and there might be uncomfortable treatment. But we go because we know its good for our dental health (and overall health too). Same with servicing our car. It costs money and we don’t want to do it. But our cars last so much longer, and perform far more reliably that we do it anyway.

Planned carpet cleaning keeps your carpets looking great and performing well for longer. A recent study found that a well maintained carpet will last 4 times longer than a neglected one. I always say it will last at least twice as long. I’ve seen 25 year old carpets that look quite new. I’ve also seen one year old carpets that look 20 years old. Guess which one was well cared for?

Look at your carpets. Get down and really look. Are they looking flattened? Are traffic lanes starting to appear? Is there the odd spot here and there? If so get your carpet professionally clean right away. Spots can become permanent over time. The matting will become broken fibres in your vacuum, and the dull traffic lanes are actually chock full of soiling.

Plan to clean your carpets every 1 – 2 years. If your home is busy with people, kids, and pets, then you may need a clean every 6 months. If there are only one or two people and you’re very careful, then every two years may be right. Most of my customers have a yearly clean. This is right for most people. It’s not too often to be too expensive, yet it’s often enough to keep your carpets looking great.

5. USE PROTECTION. I’m talking about Scotchgard carpet protection, of course. I regularly see stain protection as making the difference between a spill coming out, and not coming out. It’s well worth the investment. Renew it every year or two because it biodegrades.

Follow these 5 simple rules and you’ll maintain your carpets to the fullest extent possible. I have a commercial client who follows these steps and they still have the same carpet as when they opened over 27 years ago. I first went there in 1990, just after they opened, and discussed a maintenance plan with the manager. He agreed that it made sense, and have followed it ever since. By maintaining their carpets properly I estimate they’ve saved somewhere around £80,000 in replacement, based on the size of the area and replacement every 8 years (remember this is a public building with offices and gets millions of steps on it every year.)

Of course you won’t likely save £80,000. But if your carpets remained lovely for twice as long, you could easily save £3,000 to £10,000 in replacement. All for the price of a good professional carpet clean!

Don’t Forget The Carpet Cleaning!

With only around 30 days until we close for the Christmas break, and maybe only 2 weeks until your decorations go up, here’s why NOW is the time to clean your carpets…

Samantha had planned her day for weeks. The table was beautifully set with the finest glassware and china.The room was bathed with the soft light of cranberry scented candles, and the savory smell of roast turkey filled the air.

She thought, ” Everyone will be here soon, if only I had a picture.”

She ran to fetch her high definition digital camera, and snapped the beautifully decorated room.

When she looked at the picture, she thought there must be something wrong. Then she realised that the picture revealed the dirty spots and grubby traffic lanes in her carpet.

Samantha panicked. The guests would be there any minute, and she would be embarrased by her dirty carpets, and there was nothing she could do.

Like Samantha, it’s so easy to overlook the largest area of your home (the floor), especially when there’s so much to do in the run-up to Christmas.

NOW is the best time to clean your carpets. There’s only a few weeks to go, the decorations and tree are not up yet, and the floor probably isn’t littered with presents waiting to be unwrapped. In 2-3 weeks time, the situation may be very different, and carpet cleaning will be far more complex to arrange.


Don’t be.

With our ‘Dry NOW’ Carpet Cleaning system your carpets are dry IMMEDIATELY. No waiting. Dry Now. ‘Dry NOW’ is perfect for freshening up tired dull carpets. The dry sponges trap and remove soils and leave your carpets smelling fresh and feeling springy. It’s not suitable for heavily soiled carpets but ideal for revitalising dull carpets.

Got very dirty carpets? Don’t despair!

Our Premium Clean removes deep down soils and nasty stains, and yet still dries in only a few hours, 4 times faster than almost every other carpet cleaning system.

Don’t be like Samantha and overlook those grubby carpets until it’s too late.

Call me on 01304 381165 or email me at and I’ll arrange for you to have beautiful clean carpets for Christmas.

Don’t Wait Till It’s Too Late

Carpets and upholstery which are professionally cleaned will last longer, look better and feel softer. Soiling causes rapid wear, and stains left too long can become permanent.

You would not wear your clothes for a few years and only clean them when they started to really look and smell bad, so why do it with your soft furnishings.

Professionally cleaned carpets will not get dirty faster provided the cleaner uses rinse free cleaning solutions and knows what they’re doing. We use this method and the results are outstanding, I have literally thousands of happy customers.

Carpet cleaning is a profession and true professionals will give you much cleaner carpets and upholstery.

To help your carpets last longer and look better call me, Perry, on 01304 381165 or request a free quote.

A small gallery of cleaning results

I get asked to do a wide variety of cleaning tasks, so for this post I thought I’d show off an example of a hard floor cleaning, upholstery cleaning, and carpet cleaning that I’ve completed recently.

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