Check the colour fastness of your carpet using the method described in ‘Stain Removal – The Basics’ section. When you’re sure no bleeding is likely, remove as much furniture from the room as possible.
Vacuum the carpet thoroughly.
If there are any old stains on the carpet remove them using 1001 Troubleshooter or 1001 Spot Shot Stain Remover or 1001 Mousse using the method used in the ‘Stain Removal’ section.
Having removed as much of the stain as possible, start cleaning the carpet. Open windows to speed up the drying of the carpet. Remember that wool carpets take longer to dry than synthetic.
Begin to work from the corner of the room that is furthest from the door. This will avoid the need to walk unnecessarily on the wet carpet. Take care not to overwet the carpet or you may cause other problems as the carpet begins to dry.
Make one wet pass followed by a dry pass and allow each successive wet stroke to overlap the previous one by 25%. Each drying pass should be slightly longer than the wet pass so that you are sure to extract as much water as possible from the carpet.
Try not to walk on the carpet until it is completely dry.
Need to leave some furniture in the room? Place a waterproof layer between the carpet and the foot of the furniture. This stops you getting rust or varnish stains on the carpet from heavily varnished furniture or metal studs in the feet. Ordinary kitchen foil or squares of polythene are ideal. Remove when carpet is completely dry.
Do not try to dry any portion of the carpet with heat such as using a hair dryer after a stain removal operation. Drying under hot conditions may cause colour bleeding problems.
Follow these simple rules and you’ll get the best from your carpet throughout its life.