I am a firm believer that white wine should be drank and not poured onto problem stains whilst hoping for a miracle that it will get them out (it doesn’t work).
Having children that love the great outdoors, whatever the weather, they are forever traipsing mud and grass through the house despite numerous requests for them to take their shoes off and wipe their feet. It is particularly bad at the moment as they insist on having water fights and end up rolling around in the garden bringing all sorts in.
Then there is potty training. Having had three children potty train in the last 6 years, our flooring (and sofa’s) have taken a beating, especially in the early days. I have to admit that Sebby has done brilliantly as we are potty training him at the moment but we have still had a couple of carpet incidents.
Probably my worst carpet nightmare has to be the dreaded sickness and diarrhoea bugs though. My eldest boy especially was a nightmare and literally hung over his top bunk and was ill right next to his poor brother, all over the carpet below. Disinfectant is your best friend in these times but even that does not fully get rid of the smell, although I have found Zoflora is the best.
I have tried lots of different products on the market to help get rid of carpet stains with varying rates of success. My old cream carpet on the hall stairs and landing only lasted a couple of years because it was filthy and nothing, not even a carpet cleaner would touch the marks on it.
Note to self: Never buy a cream carpet again!
My top tips for keeping your carpets clean and fresh are:
- Vacuum regularly to avoid soil build-up
- Treat stains as soon as they happen as they are much easier to get out whilst they are fresh
- Have a welcome mat at each outside door so people can wipe their feet
- Have a no shoes worn in the house policy
- Clean your carpets with a carpet cleaning machine every 12 months to keep them looking their best
My final tip – To get out the smell of urine / vomit, my tip is to soak up as much of the liquid with kitchen towel and then create a bicarbonate of soda paste by mixing it with a bit of water and then scrubbing into the affected area. Let the paste dry overnight and then vacuum up as the next day. It really does work if caught in time.
Disclosure: Post written in collaboration with Carpetright.