By now, you all know that I will indulge in any, and all DIY projects around the house. (If this is your first time reading my material, then you should know that ‘I will indulge in any and all DIY projects around the house’).
Some time back, my wife asked me to get a new carpet installed into the living room. As usual, I did not see the point of investing so much money in a new carpet while the new one looked just fine to me. So, as any wise man would do, I ignored that request. Until one fine Saturday morning, I found the love of my life trying to do something about ‘the old carpet in the living room’. Now, I’m not sure what she was trying to do, I just knew that it wasn’t going to end well and we might have to spend a lot more money on a new one if I didn’t help.
So, I put on my DIY brain and decided to help make the old carpet look as good as new.
The main problem with most old carpets is that they have minor and sometimes, major stains that make them look old and nasty. So, obviously, the best way to rectify this is to find practical ways to remove any stains on the carpet without actually having to buy a new one. I find that spray-on carpet spot and stain removers work just fine. What you do not want to do is use laundry detergent, dish soap or shampoo to remove carpet stains. They contain chemicals that you will never be able to completely wash off. Over time, even in just a few hours, dirt and grime will be attracted to this residue and your carpet will end up looking worse.
Do not use handheld carpet spot- cleaning machines either. Even though they will do a wonderful job cleaning off small stains, they will create what will look like an island of extremely clean carpet area in a sea of dull and dirty carpet. This makes the cleaned stain area stand out just as bad as the removed stain.
Use a steam cleaner for high traffic areas:
Of course, it will not be enough just to remove stains in select areas, you have to clean the whole carpet if it is to appear clean and new. In high traffic areas, I recommend using a hot-water steam cleaner. These machines have powerful vacuums that can suck up any residual water from your carpet while cleaning the whole area. You can actually rent some for as little as £20. This goes towards saving you a great deal of money. Think of it this way: to hire a professional carpet cleaner for a day might cost you about £200 while hiring a steam-cleaner for the day will only cost about £20 + another £10 for a bottle of spot-and-stain remover. You could save £170 and end up with an incredibly clean carpet that looks as good as new.
Once you have done all this, remember that your carpet will not need cleaning as often if you could make sure that it is thoroughly vacuumed at least twice a week. I cannot stress enough how impressive a new-looking carpet can be to any potential home buyers. Just as new, hardwood floors can increase the value of your home, so can a thoroughly clean carpet.