We’ve all been there—spilled red wine, muddy footprints, or that mysteriously stubborn stain that just refuses to go away. If you’re based in the heart of Cornwall, the expertise of carpet cleaning st ives is always at your disposal. But for those moments in between professional cleanings or for those who enjoy the satisfaction of a DIY job, here’s your ultimate guide to carpet cleaning.

1. Vacuum First, Always
Before you even think about going liquid, always vacuum your carpet. This will remove the loose dirt, hair, and other particles that can muddy your cleaning water and make your job harder. Plus, it gives you a smooth, debris-free surface to work with. Pro-tip: Go slow! A leisurely pace allows the vacuum to suck up more dirt.

2. Test Before You Apply
Never pour a cleaning solution straight onto a stain. First, test it on a hidden section of your carpet to ensure it doesn’t discolour or damage the fabric. The last thing you need is a bigger mess!

3. Homemade Solutions Can Be Your Best Friend
There’s a high chance you already have effective carpet cleaning agents in your pantry. White vinegar and baking soda can work wonders for many stains. Combine equal parts water and vinegar for a versatile solution. For stubborn stains, make a paste out of vinegar and baking soda, apply to the stain, let it sit, and then vacuum it up.

4. Blot, Don’t Scrub
When tackling a stain, always blot from the outside in. Scrubbing can push the stain deeper and spread it further. Blotting, on the other hand, lifts the stain.

5. Hot Water Extraction Is Not Just for Pros
While professionals have heavy-duty machines for hot water extraction, you can rent smaller versions for home use. This method, often referred to as steam cleaning, can give you deeply cleaned carpets if done right.

6. Always Dry Thoroughly
A damp carpet is a breeding ground for mold and mildew. After cleaning, ensure your carpet dries completely. Open windows, use fans, or even rent commercial blowers if necessary.

Spotless Carpet Cleaning North Shore
1-5 Lynbara Ave, St Ives NSW 2075
(02) 8607 8811