How To Remove Stains From Carpets

I’ve been doing an unusual amount of stain removal over the last few weeks. Pet stains, blood, red wine, tea, coffee, lily pollen, you name it I seem to be removing it! So I thought it would be a good idea to write something helpful on the subject of stain removal. And here it is… […]

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.

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.

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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