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Cleaning the carpet

Introduction: carpet cleaning

In other countries it is quite common for carpets to be carried to a river for washing. Basically, this type of wet carpet cleaning is also conceivable in this country, but very few of us live in the immediate vicinity of the river and the whole handling would then be extremely time-consuming and cumbersome.

Before you start a thorough cleaning of your carpet, you should first see what material the carpet is made of. Not all materials can be treated with every cleaning agent.

In general, it is advisable to try a cleaner or a care product first on an inconspicuous area.


Carpet care: shoes off

Caring for your carpet or carpets begins as soon as you step into the apartment or the room in which the carpet is located. Taking off your shoes is strongly recommended here if you want to enjoy your carpet / rugs for a long time.


Disinfecting and cleaning runners, carpets and carpets - Instructions

You can make yourself an effective means of cleaning and disinfecting your rugs, rugs and carpeting relatively easily. To do this, you need the following ingredients:

  • 200 g baking soda
  • 4 ml lemon essential oil
  • 3 ml of orange essential oil
  • 2 ml patchouli essential oil

Mix all the ingredients together well and let the mixture stand for 24 hours.

Then spread the mixture over your carpets and rugs.

After 15 minutes of exposure time, you can vacuum carpets or rugs with a vacuum cleaner.

! Danger !
Before using the essential oils, please read the instructions and the instructions for use carefully and adhere to them.

Remove dust and dirt from carpets

Sometimes proven solutions are still the best: Use a carpet beater to remove dust and dirt from your carpets, rugs or bridges.

To knock out the carpet, go outside and always knock carpets from the left (back). It is very easy to knock out carpets if you hang them over a tightly stretched clothesline.

Damp cleaning of carpets

To remove deep-seated dirt, carpets should be thoroughly cleaned with a damp cloth once or twice a year. To do this, you usually work with a special carpet shampoo and a wet vacuum cleaner / vacuum cleaner / carpet cleaner. Such a device does not necessarily have to be purchased, but can also be borrowed. Sometimes you even get the device made available free of charge if you buy the appropriate carpet cleaner.

Special carpets and their cleaning

There are many different types of carpets and not every cleaning agent or cleaning agent is equally suitable for every carpet. For this reason, we will briefly go into the most popular types of carpet and give brief information on which form of cleaning is recommended and what should be taken into account when cleaning.

Cleaning knotted carpets

The oriental carpets and the Berbers are among the knotted carpets.

Knotted carpets are best cleaned with a vacuum cleaner, whereby you should only select the lowest level of your device for particularly valuable carpets.

You can also clean knotted carpets with the carpet brush or carpet beater. You can use a mild detergent solution to clean the carpet with a damp cloth. Carefully apply the lye with a brush and then brush with clean water. Make sure that the carpet does not get too wet.

Cleaning woven carpets

The group of woven carpets includes flokati, kilim, rag rugs and sheep's wool rugs.

Color-fast rag rugs can often simply be washed in the washing machine. If you are not sure whether your rag rug is colourfast, check it in an inconspicuous place with a little washing-up liquid. After the wash cycle, you should rinse with sufficient clear water. Ideally, hang the rag rug outside to dry. In addition to the rag rugs, the flokatis from the group of woven rugs are often machine washable.

You can also just vacuum woven carpets. Caution is advised here with flokati. - Do not use a brush attachment for vacuuming the flokatis, as this can lead to unsightly matting.

As a rule, woven carpets such as knotted carpets can also be cleaned dry with a carpet beater or carpet brush and with a damp cloth using a mild detergent solution (see instructions above).

Clean machine carpets

Machine carpets include velor carpets and bouclé carpets.

You can use a vacuum cleaner, carpet brush or carpet beater to clean machine carpets.

Clean carpet floor coverings

When it comes to carpet floor coverings, a distinction is made between loop, velor, needle felt and needle felt.

Carpet floor coverings or carpets should be vacuumed once or twice a week. You can also use so-called knocking brushes (rotating motor brushes) to remove the dirt more thoroughly.

For damp cleaning, we recommend using a special device with carpet powder or carpet shampoo. Here you should follow the respective instructions for use. Always make sure that the carpet is not completely dampened during cleaning.

Cleaning the carpet: home remedies, tips & tricks

  • Carpet cleaning with potatoes
    Potatoes are great for cleaning carpets. To do this, grate raw potatoes and pour boiling water over them. Let the potato-water mixture stand for three hours before straining the mixture (pouring it through a sieve). Then brush your carpets with it, wait a little (exposure time) and then vacuum over it. The dirt from the carpet should now have loosened well and can be picked up with the vacuum cleaner.
  • Clean the carpet with vinegar essence
    For a thorough cleaning of your carpet, you can also mix vinegar essence in a ratio of 1: 3 with water. Brush the vinegar-water mixture over the carpet or carpeting in the direction of the stroke.
  • Clean and brighten the carpet with damp salt
    If there is extensive soiling on your carpets or carpets, you can brush it on your body with damp salt. Work the damp salt into the carpet with a brush and let it soak in. You can then simply vacuum off the dirt with the vacuum cleaner. The treatment with damp salt simultaneously brightens the carpet.
  • Refreshing the color of carpets
    To freshen up the colors of your carpet, make a mixture of vinegar and lukewarm water in a ratio of 1:10. Work the vinegar water into the carpet with a soft sponge and then let it dry out well.
  • Removing stains from light-colored carpets
    Stains on light colored carpets can be treated well with lemon juice. - You should not use lemon juice on dark carpets because it has a bleaching effect, which could negatively affect the condition of your carpet.
  • Removal of stains with glycerine from carpets
    Glycerine is very suitable for removing stains from carpets. Put the glycerine on the stain or stains and let it take effect. Then soak a cloth in clear water and rub over the stained areas on the carpet.
  • Remove soiling from carpets with refreshing towels
    Conventional refreshing towels are often very suitable for removing small amounts of dirt from carpets or carpets. To do this, simply take the refreshment towel out of the packaging and run it over the dirty area of ​​the carpet.
  • Clean up pet leftovers
    If your dog or cat has vomited on the carpet, use a sponge to work some shaving cream into the affected area of ​​the carpet. Let the shaving foam soak in before you vacuum the carpet. In this way, not only does the pollution disappear, but also the unpleasant smell.
  • Clean bridges or runners
    The cleaning of bridges or runners is very easy if you drag them over a piece of damp lawn after tapping them out in the garden.
  • Tip for carpets with fringes
    If you have a carpet with fringes, it is advisable to spray the carpet fringes with a little spray starch. The strength ensures that the fringes stay better on the floor and do not get dirty so quickly.
  • Beware of steel chairs
    If you have steel chairs that normally stand on the carpet and you have cleaned the carpet wet or damp, you should only put the chairs back on the carpet when it is completely dry. Otherwise there may be unsightly rust stains on the chairs and on the carpet.
  • Remove wrinkles from carpets
    If your carpet wrinkles, it is advisable to moisten the back of the carpet with water and leave it flat for at least an hour. Then iron the carpet from the reverse side - the creases should then be gone.

Cleaning the carpet: tips for removing stains

In general, stains on carpets and carpets can hardly be avoided. It is important that you react to the stains with the right means. Basically, you should know whether the contamination is a fat-soluble, water-soluble or protein-containing stain. Knowing about the nature of the stain in the carpet enables you to choose the right cleaning agent or stain remover.

Basically, the following applies to stains on the carpet:

  • React directly - do not let the stain dry out!
  • Use a clean towel, tea towel or paper towel to do this.
  • First you should soak up the liquid with it.
  • Avoid rubbing too hard so as not to “work” the stain deeper into the material.
  • Always treat stains on the carpet from the outside in (avoid edges).
  • Do not use stain remover until the stain has completely dried out.

Tips for special stains on the carpet:

  • Blueberry spots
    You should treat blueberry stains (also other fruit stains) as fresh as possible with lemon juice. - Simply drip the juice onto the stain and let it absorb. Please note that lemon juice bleaches, which is why its use as a stain remover on dark carpets is only partially recommended.
  • Blood stains
    The best way to remove blood from the carpet is to use cold water or spray mineral water on the stain. Then dab it off well and then treat with diluted ammonia. Then pick up some suede to rub the carpet dry. Alternatively, you can brush out the blood when it is dry, then rub it in with diluted ammonia and then use a damp cloth to wipe it off.
  • Burn marks
    If a firmly bonded carpet or carpeting has a burn mark, you can remove it by first knocking out a suitable piece with a punch from a leftover piece or from a hidden point of the carpeting. Then punch out the burn hole or the burned area and apply some all-purpose glue to the resulting free area. Be careful not to apply too much glue so that it doesn't ooze out sideways when you put the new piece of carpet in the hole. Then place a heavy object on it, which you only remove when the glue has dried through.
  • Egg yolk stains
    Egg yolks dry up very quickly. So first put some glycerine on the egg yolk stain to soak it. You can then wash out the stain with lukewarm soapy alcohol and, last but not least, rework it with damp salt.
  • Paint stains
    If the stains are painters' paints, you should first dab them with lukewarm water before rubbing them with a cloth soaked in vinegar. Then let it dry well. If oil paint gets on the carpet, the first thing you should try is to scrape as much of the paint off the fibers as possible. You can then treat the stain with ammonia or turpentine (substitute).
  • Grease stains | Oil stains
    Put some rye flour, corn flour or talc powder on grease stains or oil stains and let everything dry off. Then brush off the soiled area and rub with clean water. Alternatively, you can rub fat or oil stains out of the carpet fibers with an ammonia solution.
  • Vegetable stains
    Treatment with cold water is usually sufficient to remove vegetable stains from the carpet.
  • Patches of grass
    In the case of grass stains, it is advisable to first rub the contamination with diluted ammonia or alcohol and then treat it with warm soapy water. Finally, you should finish the carpet with clear water.
  • Resin stains
    To remove resin stains from the carpet, rub a little butter on them. Then simply wipe gently with soap and water.
  • Coffee stains | Tea stains
    Coffee or tea stains contain tannins and should therefore be treated with a little liquid all-purpose cleaner or dishwashing detergent. Put the selected cleaning agent on a damp cloth and then dab the stain with it. Then rinse with clear water.
  • Chewing gum scraps
    You should let the chewing gum in the carpet harden completely before you start removing it. Then squeeze an ice cube on the chewing gum or spray ice spray from the pharmacy on it. In the “frozen” state, the chewing gum becomes brittle and can be easily scraped off with a blunt knife.
  • Glue stains
    Glues can be partially removed from the carpet by using an oil-free nail polish remover. To do this, carefully dab the nail polish remover on the edge of the glue stain to loosen it from below. Then lift it off with the back of a knife and finally use a special stain remover to remove the last marks on the carpet.
  • Liquor stains
    To remove liquor stains from the carpet, you should first use lukewarm water and then treat the stain with soapy alcohol.
  • Mayonnaise stains
    Gently dab mayonnaise stains on the carpet with lukewarm water, being careful not to enlarge the stain any further. You can then use either alcohol or alcohol for follow-up treatment.
  • Jam stains | Honey stains
    If jam or honey has dripped onto the carpet, it is best to use a little carpet shampoo to treat stains. Dab the stain with the agent and then finish off with a white, neutral vinegar.
  • Milk stains
    Make sure you remove milk stains from the carpet immediately, otherwise the "smell" will remain for a long time. Dab the milk stain with cold water beforehand and then use either alcohol, alcohol or diluted ammonia for post-treatment. Finally rub again with lukewarm water.
  • Fruit stains
    Wipe up fruit stains directly with cold water. To remove remnants of fruit stains from the carpet, treat them with soapy water.
  • Pudding stains
    Pudding stains can be easily removed from the carpet if you use a mixture of glycerine and ammonia.
  • Punch stains
    You can usually remove fresh punch stains directly from the carpet by using hot water. If the stains have already dried, rub them out of the carpet fibers with diluted alcohol.
  • Red wine stains
    If red wine has spilled onto the carpet, you should immediately sprinkle a generous amount of salt on it. Let the salt work and dry properly. Then reach for the vacuum cleaner and remove the salt from the carpet. If you can still see traces of the red wine, you can treat these areas again with carpet shampoo.
  • Mold stains
    To remove mold stains on light-colored carpets, make a kind of pulp from diluted ammonia and potato flour, which you apply to the soiled areas. Then let the cleaning paste dry well before brushing it out. Then rub the carpet again with alcohol. If there are mold stains on a dark carpet, rub them with a mixture of ammonia and water (1: 4). Then treat the affected areas with plenty of clean water.
  • Chocolate stains
    If you have chocolate stains, try to scrape as much of the chocolate out of the carpet fibers as possible with a knife. Then treat the dirt first with cold and then with warm water.
  • Champagne stains
    You should only use warm, clear water to remove champagne stains from the carpet.
  • Bird droppings
    First rub off bird droppings in the carpet with warm salt water before treating with cold water.
  • Wax stains
    Let the wax harden completely first.Then use a knife to scrape as much wax out of the carpet as you can. You can then treat the affected areas of the carpet with alcohol, petroleum ether or alcohol.
  • Water stains
    You can remove water stains from the carpet by either brushing them out with diluted ammonia or vinegar and then carefully rubbing them with a damp cloth.
  • White wine stains
    To remove white wine stains from the carpet, first rub them off with warm water and then use a soapy solution containing vinegar or pure alcohol for follow-up treatment. Any residues can be rubbed off thoroughly with warm water without additives. Then use a suede to dry the carpet.


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