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Natural VS Synthetic Carpets and How to Check PH Levels – by Premium Clean Ltd

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Carpets are a huge part of the decor in your property and can have a massive influence on the first impressions that you will give off when people visit.
Choosing the right carpet can take a long time and can also be quite costly so when you are choosing, it’s always good to understand what they are made from and how durable they are.
For example, you wouldn’t want to pick a delicate carpet for high foot traffic areas.

Choosing the correct carpets first time can increase the length of time that the carpet will last and will prevent you needing to buy another new carpet a few months down the line.
There are so many different types of carpets that you can choose from, all varying in design, texture, colours, patterns and pile length/thickness. However, this doesn’t necessarily matter when it comes to cleaning, the main thing to consider is whether you are buying a natural fibre carpet or a synthetic fibre carpet.

So Premium Clean Ltd have laid out what the differences between the two are to help you get a better understanding of what one will best suit your needs.

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Natural Carpets
Natural carpets are made from natural sources such as wool which means they tend to look and feel a lot nicer than most synthetic carpets. The fibres in a wool carpet are usually a lot thicker which means that they have a way of bouncing back into shape whereas synthetic fibres fold and flatten considerably quicker.
The natural carpets will stay bouncy and thicker for a lot longer however they are prone to staining and can need a more delicate approach when cleaning. The fibres in Wool carpets if cleaned incorrectly can shrink, change colour and be damaged by the using the wrong cleaning products. The safest option is to ensure that natural carpets are cleaned by professionals so that no damage is caused.

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Synthetic Carpets
Synthetic carpets as the name suggests means that this carpet has been made from artificially produced materials which means that they are usually considerably cheaper than natural fibre carpets.
The most commonly used materials found in synthetic carpets are acrylic and nylon. There are various reasons why these materials are used.
Acrylic is less likely to become stained and doesn’t absorb a lot of moisture which means it is one of the easiest fibres to clean and keep clean. It can also be placed in direct sunlight because it doesn’t fade in the light.
Nylon is known best for its incredible strength and it is very resistant to staining and matting. Seeing as synthetic carpet materials are so easy to acquire and make, the cost of production is a lot lower than the cost of making a natural fibre carpet.

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A professional carpet cleaning company will understand what cleaning chemicals will need to be used on the different types of carpet and they will all test all of your P.H levels before and after cleaning your carpets.

You’re wondering what a P.H level is?
Well we are going to explain this for you too so you know what is safe and what isn’t!

P.H stands for ‘Potential of Hydrogen’. To check your P.H levels, the cleaner will come to your property with equipment including a testing kit.
They will test a strand of your carpet on the strips provided in the kit and determine the readings by the colour against the colour chart.

It’s a measure of the Acidity and Alkalinity of cleaning solutions and is measured on a scale of 0-14.
The levels that they will expect to find after a clean has been completed is a 7.0.  This is the midway reading and confirms that your carpets have been left with a neutral result so nothing has been left behind.
A P.H reading will not identify the capacity of the product but the intensity of the product. For example, using temperature will tell us how hot a item is but not how much heat its emitting.
Any reading below 7.0 tells us that the product contains a lot of acid whereas anything above will tell us that it is high in alkaline.

The reason you are left with your carpets at a level 7.0 (Neutral) because you don’t want to be left with a buildup of chemicals in your carpet. Leaving a higher or lower reading can cause corrosion and damage to the carpets over a period of time.

Written by
Kiril Natov (Premium Carpet Cleaning Ltd. Director)
http://carpetcleaningslondon.co.uk
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A Boiler Guide – Vol.3 – By WPJ Heating

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We are WPJ Heating , a boiler installation company based in London and proud members of Checkatrade.
In our previous two articles, we covered boiler prices and boiler types. Part 3 is a list of ‘Dos and Don’ts’ to help you avoid common pitfalls and ensure you’re getting the job done correctly when having a new boiler installed.

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Do
● Always use a Gas Safe accredited installer or company.
● Get 2-3 boiler quotes from local boiler installer companies. Price, guarantee and quality of workmanship can vary drastically.
● Make sure you have a magnetic filter included in the installation, or at least have a good reason to omit it.
● Make sure the system is suitably flushed to remove sludge and debris at the time of the installation.
● Make sure corrosion inhibitor chemicals are added at the time of completion to protect the new boiler.
● Ensure the installer will cover the surrounding area in protective sheets.
● Make sure the manufacturer’s guarantee and Gas Safe Register paperwork are completed, sent off and logged online.
● Enquire about follow-up care and annual servicing.
● Ask about the relevance of new programmers, pumps, thermostats and other components on the system.
● Expect the old boiler to be properly disposed of.

Don’t
● Use an installer with a conspicuous lack of previous customer reviews. Reviews don’t lie and it’s the one tool you as a customer have to asses if the company is reliable.
● Forget to do your research on the make of boiler being recommended by the installer to make sure it is appropriate.
● Be afraid to ask any questions at all so that you are clear on what to expect.
● Feel you have to hang around all day during the installation. Good firms are tidy and responsible and can be left to it.
● Expect to clean up afterwards or be left with piles of rubbish – This should all be taken care of.
● Pay the balance until you are satisfied.
● Be bamboozled by jargon in the quotes. Get at least three and seek clarity when comparing them.

For more information on boiler prices, read our article for Checkatrade here or visit our website to get a quote for a new boiler installation .

 

A Guide To Home Improvements by Sainsburys Bank

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Whenever you look at making some changes to your home, there is almost always some confusion about where you should start and how to go about it.

Thankfully, the team at Sainsburys Bank have put together a very helpful Guide to Home Improvements.

This handy little document has hints and tips on everything from improving your existing areas to creating brand new spaces.
There’s also some information on how to make your home more energy efficient.

We hope you find this guide useful but if you discover a job that might be a bit too big to tackle yourself, why not find a reliable trader on Checkatrade.com?
With over 24,000 recommended, vetted and monitored trades…we’re bound to have the right one for you!

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A Boiler Guide – Vol.2 – by WPJ Heating

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We are WPJ Heating , a boiler installation company based in London and proud members of Checkatrade. In this article, we will cover different types of boilers to give you a better understanding of what boiler type suits your property.
Nowadays, all boilers are condensing boilers regardless of the categories listed below. Condensing boilers are more energy efficient and have been made mandatory by the Government since 2005. Gas boilers can be separated into 3 main types. These suit different-sized properties and differing heating and hot water requirements.

Types of Boilers

Combination boilers are perhaps the most prevalent type of boiler in London. These are just “one solitary white box” on the wall. Combination boilers heat up hot water for your taps and showers on demand (i.e. the burner kicks in whenever a hot tap is opened) and they also produce the hot water that circulates around your radiators. Because they don’t take up much space and are perfectly suited to smaller properties and flats, they are often the right choice for London homes.

System boilers can look the same as a combination boiler but must be paired up with a separate hot water cylinder (often in an airing cupboard or tucked away somewhere). This type of set-up takes up more space and may be better suited to multiple bathroom properties or busy family households where there is a larger demand for hot water with baths, showers, washing machines etc. System boilers will also have more independent controls – zone valves to separate different radiator and hot water cylinder circuits, programmers to set timings for these circuits and thermostats to control desired temperatures.

Regular boilers (or sometimes called heat only boilers) also need to be paired up with a hot water cylinder. In addition to the extra zone valves, thermostat and programmer, they also require a circulating pump and sometimes an expansion vessel depending on the circumstances. Regular boilers are often best suited to larger properties also and may be paired up to create larger heat loads.

WPJ Heating have spent 15 years fitting these boiler types into properties of all shapes and sizes.
Get in touch with us for more information and we can offer advice on what is the best solution for your needs.

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Three top tips when getting a new boiler

1. Get 2-3 boiler quotes from local boiler installer companies. Price, diagnosis and quality of workmanship can vary drastically.

2. Check the guarantee on your new boiler. Guarantee on a boiler often depends on the installer, not only on the boiler manufacturer or type of boiler. Compare installers in your area and their accreditations to get the longest guarantee.

3. Check the company’s reviews. Reviews don’t lie and it’s the one tool you as a customer have to assess if the company is reliable. Companies with bad or no reviews are more likely to give a disappointing service than companies with good reviews. We all operate in different ways and have different standards.

For more information on boiler prices, read our article for Checkatrade here or get a quote for a new boiler installation.

You can find reviews for WPJ Heating by visiting their Checkatrade page.

Seven Questions You Must Ask When Choosing A Tradesperson by Craig Phillips

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When you are planning on undertaking a project within your home, the excitement about seeing the end result can soon become overshadowed by the task of choosing the right tradesperson. Worrying about shoddy work, being ripped off or hidden costs can easily lead to anxiety and for some of us, this can even put us off getting the project started!

 

To help you choose the right person for your next project, check out my top seven questions to ask any prospective tradesperson…

  1. Can I get a written quote?
    Always get the price in writing from your prospective tradesperson, the price should be fairly accurate, though do bear in mind that it is just a quote and should the job escalate, the price will too. Have a chat with the tradesperson and agree that should costs start to change from the agreed price, you will be notified before work continues.
  2. Can you supply customer recommendations?
    Word of mouth is the best advertising there is and if your prospective tradesperson can’t supply customers that are happy to recommend their work, then think twice about using them.
  3. What recent projects have you worked on?
    Try to get a feel for the size and scale of projects the tradesperson has worked on previously. If your project is large or complex, ask how they would manage it and try to find out the approach they would take to tackling the job. The majority of tradesmen also have smart phones and take photos of examples ask to see them.
  4. What will I need to do before work begins?
    At the very least you will most likely need to clear the area of your stuff but check if there is anything else they are expecting you to do before work begins.
  5. Will this be your only project?
    Tradespeople often balance several projects at once, moving from one to the other while waiting for materials or other trades to their bit. If this is the case with your project, chat it through with your prospective tradesperson. If managed properly the process should not interfere with your work, but do find out whether there will be periods where your project will be inactive.
  6. How long will the job take?
    While you will need a level of flexibility (even the best planned projects can throw up surprises), try to ascertain a rough timeline for your project. This is especially important if you need to take time off work.
  7. What if I am not happy with the work?
    Any tradesperson worth their salt will only ever want their customers to be happy with the work they do. If, however, the work done isn’t up to scratch or doesn’t match your brief, you need to know that your tradesperson will remedy the works to both your satisfaction.

Whether it is a new bathroom or a two-storey extension, if you are inviting a tradesperson into your property, you want to be sure they can be trusted, that their work is of the highest standard and that the price quoted is accurate.

An easy way to find a trusted and vetted tradesperson is to find them using Checkatrade’s free and easy to use search facility. Simply type in the trade you are looking for, i.e. plumber or the company name if you know it, along with your postcode and hit search.  A comprehensive range of reputable tradespeople local to your search will appear – helping you to easily find the right tradesperson for your project!

 

This blog was written by Checkatrade Ambassador, Craig Phillips.

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Stain Removal Tips by Go For Cleaning

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Cleaning associates filth and dirt with the presence of debris and stains.

While garbage can be swept or vacuumed, stains do not give up so easily. To clean a stain properly, you should keep in mind – what material is the stain on, the type of the stain and if it is soluble or not.

There are different types of stains and each type should be approached with caution and with the right detergent – firstly to have an effect and secondly in order not to damage the surface on which the stain is. It is recommended that most stains must be cleaned as quickly as possible because they soak into the tissue and leave a lasting mark. The longer the spot stays, the greater is the probability that it would not easily be cleaned. Under the influence of air, some stains oxidize while others gets darken because of the sun and heat etc.
There are many problems with stains and you should not neglect them. You should be aware that there are no universal preparations despite the ads, which can be used equally successfully for cleaning all kinds of spots so stains should be treated with caution and different kind of stain needs different special treatment.

One of the most difficult to clean is grease. They are absorbed very quickly by the tissues and are quite stubborn. Fresh greasy stain can be recognised – it is darker than the fabric on which fallen but over time, grease becomes more opaque. However they penetrate more deeply into the tissue and if the surface is thinner, they appear on the reverse side.

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The spots on carpet or upholstery are the most difficult to repair and must be cleaned fresh. Try to wash it with cold water several times, and then with hot water. But care must be taken on what fabric you want to clean up, because sometimes spots are obtained from water. For this reason, we recommend you to do a wet test on a more inconspicuous area.

Spots of animal and vegetable fats are cleaned with an organic solvent. These are alcohol and gasoline, which do not dissolve in water. These stains can be cleaned with a brush, but not as a rub, but as a pat. The brush must be soaked with solvent.

For white fabrics safest way to remove stains is to use bleach, but it can be applied only in very few cases. For colored fabrics you can try with a weak solution of bleach, but again, we recommend trying this in a small corner or covered area to check how it reacts with the fabric first. Bleach can be used only for flax, cotton and rayon. For woollens, you can use hydrogen peroxide.
Artificial fabrics should not be processed with bleach, nor with hydrogen peroxide.

After treatment with solvent, you should then repeatedly wash with cold water, to remove it completely and then quickly dry the wet spot.

However if all that looks difficult, you can always turn to a Professional Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners. We guarantee they can treat all type of stains and marks much more efficiently than – “do it yourself project”.

One highly reputable company with more than 260 great Checkatrade reviews is Go For Cleaning LTD – http://www.goforcleaning.co.uk 

This is a recommended Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Company operating in London and provides the highest level cleaning services. The technicians are friendly and certified. We like to use modern equipment and explain our work confidently and understandable. 100% Satisfaction is Guaranteed!

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You can find out more about Go For Cleaning at http://www.checkatrade.com/GoForCleaningLtd/

A Boiler Guide – Vol.1 – by WPJ Heating

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What does a new boiler cost & how can you get best value for money?

We are WPJ Heating, a boiler installation company based in London and proud members of Checkatrade.
We have been installing boilers for over 15 years and would like to share some of our tips and recommendations with you.

Boiler Prices

There are many boiler manufacturers and boiler prices can vary depending on the boiler type, size, performance, quality and guarantee. Typically the price for a new boiler ranges from £800 – £2000. It is a long term investment so it’s important to find out which is the right boiler for your home. Prices can also vary on who you choose to install your boiler.

We choose to work with Worcester Bosch and Valliant as our main suppliers because of the quality of their products and commitment that both companies have demonstrated over the years. A new Worcester Bosch or Vaillant boiler with installation ranges from £1800- £3000.

Top Tip: Always get 2-3 quotes from different boiler installation companies in your area as the prices can vary drastically.

New Boiler Savings

Your current boiler may be costing you money!
The Energy Saving Trust tells us that a modern, condensing boiler can save you up to £350 every year. Investing in a quality boiler can pay off in the long run. See the table below for approximate numbers.

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We always recommend choosing boilers with a guarantee longer than 7 years. These boilers might be a bit more expensive at first, but in the long run these boilers will workout a better investment as high quality boilers will save you money on your gas bill and will last you at least a decade.

Different installers give different guarantees on the same boiler

It’s important to note that it’s not only the choice of boiler that determines the length of your guarantee. It also depends on who installs your boiler.
Leading manufacturers such as Worcester Bosch and Valliant go through a process of vetting and accrediting installers with different grades and that affects how long certain heating companies can guarantee your boiler for.

For example, we are top level Diamond members of the WAI Scheme (Worcester Accredited Installers) which means that Worcester Bosch trusts us to do an exceptional job with their products. We can therefore give the longest guarantee on their boilers, 8-10 years depending on the type of boiler. If you would choose an installer that’s not a Diamond member, you would get a lower guarantee on the same new boiler.

Three top tips when getting a new boiler

  1. Always get at least 2-3 boiler quotes from local boiler installer companies. Price, diagnosis and quality of workmanship can vary drastically.
  1. Always check the guarantee on your new boiler. Guarantee on a boiler often depends on the installer, not only on the boiler manufacturer or type of boiler. Compare installers in your area and their accreditations to get the longest guarantee.
  1. Always check the company’s review. Reviews don’t lie and it’s the one tool you as a customer have to asses if the company is reliable. Companies with bad or no reviews are more likely to give a disappointing service than companies with good reviews. We all operate in different ways and have different standards.

You can get a quote for a new boiler installation on our website, we will e-mail it to you immediately.

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Watch out for our next installment of Boiler Tips soon on the Checkatrade blog.

Action Fraud Warning

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Please see the below information that was sent in to us by ‘Action Fraud’;

Payment diversion alert 
Fraudsters are emailing members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer. Once payment is made the victims of the scam soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect yourself

  • Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
  • For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
  • Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
  • Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer protection and an avenue for recompense.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud, you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

How Important is it to Complete the Burn Test before cleaning Carpets and Rugs?

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Many of you have never heard of the Burn Test, however this is why It is beneficial to book a Professional Cleaning company like ourselves http://premiumclean.co.uk/carpet-cleaning-london/ , We are fully Qualified and Registered giving you peace of mind knowing that we know exactly what we’re doing. The Burn Test is very important to us and we will complete this test before we begin to clean your Carpets. This test is carried out by our Fully Trained and Skilled carpet cleaners, they know all the safety checks and how to complete them to ensure that the correct cleaning materials and cleaning products are used to clean safely, and not cause any damage to the surface area. To remove carpet stains and so on sometimes it requires the use of our professional cleaning products and some of these products are just simply not suitable for certain carpet types. We believe that it isn’t worth the risk of just guessing so this is why we need to know what kind of carpets you have in the property.

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For the test we will need to cut a piece of your carpet loose, don’t worry we will take it from a inconspicuous place such as a closet, behind a pipe, usually toward the edge where it will go unnoticed. We will then burn the fibre that we have removed to watch and see what reaction we get with the flame. We have helpfully listed the types of reaction to expect from all the different types of carpets available.

So the results to expect are as follows, we have begun with some of the more common types of fibres that are found in your homes:

Polyester Carpets: The flame on polyester carpets will burn rapidly and will also melt. you will get a orange flame that will sputter and the smoke given off will be black and it will leave a hard black bead that is round and shiny once it has been put out.

Cotton Carpets:This will produce a smell like burning paper and will create a orange/yellow flame, it will create grey ash and will crumble when touched easily.

Nylon Carpet: This fibre will melt and eventually extinguish itself, it gives off a scent that resembles sealing wax. It will also produce a brightly coloured orange tipped flame with a blue base.

Acrylic Carpet: The smoke that this fibre will give off will be black and it will give off an odour that smells of burning meat. The flame itself will give a splutter as it burns down and the ash will be black and more solid than the other fibres. The flame will be white/orange.

Wool Carpet: This fibre gives off no smoke at all, it will burn considerable slower than the others and it will not melt. The ash it leaves will be black and will crumble easily. It will give off a strong smell of burning hair.

The following fibres are rarer but can still be found in some carpets:

Silk Carpets:This one will also give off an odour similar to burning hair but unlike the wool carpet will leave little or even no ash at all, the flame will be steady.

Olefin Carpet:This fibre will burn rapidly and give off a strong scent of asphalt or tar, it will melt as it burns and leave behind a smooth beady ash. The flame will be orange tipped with a blue base.

Rayon Carpet: This fibre will also like the Olefin carpet burn very rapidly but it won’t leave any ash and will smell more like burning paper

After completing these burn tests we will be able to tell exactly what carpets that you have in your property. This means we know exactly what cleaning products can be used and not cause any further damage to the carpets. We want to come and improve your carpets not make them worse.

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Written by

Kiril Natov (Premium Clean Ltd. Director)

http://premiumclean.co.uk

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How To Clean Gum and Rust From Your Carpet Efficiently

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It’s terrible for any homeowner to see their carpet stained. First comes the panic, then mixed feelings of anger and helplessness.

In most cases, you’ll grab the first product you see and start to bitterly scrub the area. Sometimes this has an effect…. sometimes, even when you try your best, not quite. 

When traces of chewing gum or rust appear, you might think that everything is lost because we think there’s no way to tackle them. 
That’s where you’re wrong!

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There are different ways to handle these problems and you can learn these from Cleaner Cleaner’s carpet cleaning specialists. Anyone can do it with our easy methods and you won’t require any special products or preparation.

Chewing gum is the substance which can cause the most damage on the carpet, especially if you try to remove it the wrong way. Even if you are unable to remove any sticky particles, it is very easy to get lint from the carpet together with the gum and break the integrity of the rug.
There is also a risk that the stain will remain. Therefore, specially for you, we have selected the most efficient methods for dealing with it.

Cleaning by freezing

You will need a few ice cubes, a plastic bag and a spoon or knife with which to scrape the gum from the carpet. Put the ice cubes in the plastic bag and place it on the contaminated area. Wait a few minutes until the gum has solidified then take the spoon and carefully remove it. If necessary, repeat several times to complete removal of the stain from the carpet.

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Cleaning with a hairdryer

This method is the exact reverse of freezing the gum. Using the warm setting on a hair dryer, heat the gum. Be careful not to overheat the carpet surface and to avoid damage to the fibers. After the gum is soft and smooth enough,  pull it out of the carpet. Use nylon or rubber gloves so your hands stay clean. Remove as much as possible of the gum.
To help remove the remaining residue, check our advice below. 

Cleaning of chewing gum residue on the carpet

Even though it sounds strange, residue can be removed with peanut butter or muscle pain relief cream. Both have lubricating properties and that’s just what you need. Apply the cream on the affected area and rub it in with your fingers. With the help of a soft cloth, remove any residue of chewing gum from the fibers of the carpet. It may be necessary to use your nails.
Then it will be necessary to remove the traces of the selected cleaner. However be careful and match the product with the particularities of your carpet.

You can also use a DIY product. For it, you will need to make a solution of water and dishwashing product. Apply it on the area and rub with a moist cloth.
The rinsing can be done by absorbing with a clean cloth. If you want it to dry faster,use a very dry cloth to remove any remaining water. 

Tip:

The spots of the chewing gum on the carpet may be removed with the aid of warm vinegar. Heat a small quantity of it and apply it on the desired area. Let it act for about 15 minutes and then remove the gum with a cloth. It is best to use white vinegar, especially if the color of the carpet is light. Don’t worry about the strong smell – it will ease when the liquid has evaporated.

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Cleaning Rust

Cleaning the stains from rust may prove to be a difficult task. They are stubborn and annoying and emerge from the various metal items that are present in the interior of your home.

At first glance, this contamination on a carpet appears to be hopeless for stain removal. The spots of rust are a true challenge, but there is a remedy for them. Although it‘s difficult, their removal is not impossible and there are methods with which to solve this problem.

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Put the carpet on suitable surface. Soak the stain with lemon juice directly put on the affected area. Do not wet the carpet in advance to achieve the desired effect.

Let the acid stand for 24 hours then wash the spot and there won’t be a trace of the stain. 

Tip:

Before you start to treat your carpet with lemon juice, test to see how will the fabric react to it on a spare or harder to see piece of carpet. This will prevent possible fading of colors.
The DIY carpet cleaning method with lemon juice can be more succes    sful if you add baking soda. The catch here is that the soda has very strong bleach action, so only use this option for bright carpets.

Author: http://cleanercleaner.co.uk