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04 February 2014
How To Remove Stains From Carpets - Tips For Tenants
How To Remove Stains From Carpets - Tips For Tenants

As a tenant it is generally a responsibility to clean and look after your rented accommodation however you may find that you are only judged on the condition of your rented home, when you move out! Most tenants will clean a rented home prior to handing the keys back to landlord to ensure that you get your initial deposit, paid back in full.

One of the common problems tenants are often faced with is cleaning carpets and rugs. You usually find that once furniture is moved out of a property, the marks and stains on carpets become more apparent and therefore more noticeable to the landlord, which is why it is important to clean then before you go.

When leaving a rented home you certainly do not want to spend a fortune or a vast amount of time having to deep clean the whole house or flat, which is why we have some handy hints and tips for anyone who is currently in that situation.

DIY or professional knows best?
You would opt to hire in upholstery cleaners or domestic cleaning agencies if you would prefer to allow professionals to do the cleaning of your rented home, this is great for anyone who does not feel confident cleaning a carpet that does not belong to you or for anyone who simply does not have the time to do it. Cleaning companies are extremely effective at getting good results when it comes to cleaning carpets, rugs, upholstery or anything else in your rented home and they are not that expensive either. Hiring professional cleaners is a great way to getting your deposit back as more often than not they do leave properties looking clean, smelling fresh and appear to be new like again and if it’s a particularly large area or room that needs cleaning, you cannot beat a professional clean!

How to clean carpets and remove stains fast!
For smaller stains and dirty patches rather than a huge area of carpet it is possible to clean them alone. Follow our simple guide for removing stains from carpets and you cannot go wrong. These tips will differ according to the types of stains you are trying to remove but the more common stains are generally, muddy feet, coffee, tea, food spills, felt tip pens, paint, crayons, juice.
Tip, if a stain is tackled immediately is will remove easier than if allowed to dry out!
Tip, regardless of stain always blot us the excess and rinse with clean water prior to doing anything else. You want to remove as much of the contents immediately before it soaks through to the fibre. Once this stage is complete, you can mix together your solution to finish the job.
Water soluble stains such as alcohol, juice, paint, gravy, dye, jelly, water based ink and milk can be removed using a mixture of ¼ teaspoon of white vinegar mixed with 32 ounces of water.
Stronger water soluble stains such as vomit, blood, tea, coffee or mustard can be removed using 1 tablespoon or water mixed 1 tablespoon of ammonia provided that the pile is not wool as this will damage it. You may wish to try chlorine bleach mixed with 5 parts water if the stain is particularly stubborn but be very careful with bleach as you do not want to dye the carpet, if unsure as the manufacturer for advice!
Other tips,
Scrape away cigarette burns with a dull knife!
Use a paper towel and iron it over a low heat setting to remove wax and oil!
Use ice to freeze gum and the shatter it with a blunt object to break it free!
Use nail polish remover on a rag to remove nail varnish, gently blot it away!
Use one part water to one part vinegar to blot away urine and remove the odour!

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