Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Tips
Just like clothes, carpets and upholstery are susceptible to everyday grime and spills. Luckily, when it comes to cleaning them it can be just as easy – when you know how.
Using a laundry detergent such as Surf works really well, whether you are trying to get rid of stains or just general grime. Remember, the bonus of using Surf is that not only do you get to revel in delight at your gleaming carpets and sofa, but you get to enjoy the unique fragrance too!
How to Use Detergent for Carpet Cleaning
Everyone loves a clean, fresh-smelling carpet don’t they? Follow these steps below to get yours
For removing stains, use vinegar and baking soda first – mixing equal parts to create a paste. Dilute with a little water, then use an old toothbrush or sponge to scrub into the stain. Rinse with clean water, then follow the steps for general carpet cleaning below.
Grab a bucket and sponge, or a spray bottle if only cleaning a small carpet area
Mix one part laundry detergent with 10 parts warm water
Test the mixture on an inconspicuous area of carpet, to make sure it doesn’t affect the colour
When the carpet is dry, vacuum it well
Tip: For carpet cleaning machines, use a tablespoon of detergent and a tablespoon of vinegar to each quart of water.
How to Use Detergent for Sofa and Upholstery Cleaning
Keep that sofa looking bright and clean by following these simple steps:
To Remove Sofa Stains:
Wet a flannel at both ends, keeping the middle nice and dry
Apply a little laundry detergent on one of the wet ends and rub the stain vigorously for 30 seconds or so, or until the stain starts to shift (remember to test on an inconspicuous area first)
Then use the other wet end, which has no detergent on it, to continue the scrubbing
Next, use the dry middle part to dry off the damp area as much as possible
Tip: If the stain does not shift then use a little neat white distilled vinegar on it. Don’t forget to test on a hidden area first!
To Clean Loose Sofa and Upholstery Covers:
Check they are machine-washable by reading the manufacturing instructions
Wash on a cool wash with laundry detergent
Replace covers while they are still slightly damp. This helps them to regain their original shape
To Clean Fixed Sofa and Upholstery Covers:
Mix a laundry detergent with a little warm water
Test an inconspicuous area first, to make sure it doesn’t damage the fabric
Use a sponge dipped in the detergent and warm water to wipe the upholstery down
Tip: Just make the sponge damp and not wet, so the upholstery will dry quicker.