Keeping your carpets clean is one of the biggest challenges as a householder. With spillages and stains, trampled in mud and general wear and tear, the look of your carpet transforms your home, for better or worse. Add a dog into the mix and things can get a whole lot messier.

So, how exactly can you keep your carpet clean with man’s best friend mucking up the place? Read on for our top tips…

1. A clean dog is a clean home

One of the biggest life-savers for your carpets is to prevent your pup’s mucky paws getting to them in the first place. Keep a towel by your front and back doors to wipe off any dirt before they roam around your home.

If you introduce this cleaning regime early in your dog’s life, they’ll soon learn to wait at the door to be cleaned before entering your house. That will make things a lot quicker and easier for both you and your pet in the long run.

2. Utilise tiles and rugs

It’s much easier to wipe up mud and water from tile flooring than it is from carpets… But nobody wants to tile their entire home. Installing floor tiles in entrance areas is a great way to reduce the amount of dirt and grime that makes its way onto carpeted areas.

An area rug or runner is also an ideal solution for carpeted rooms. If your dog is prone to accidents, or is still learning, a rug will absorb the majority of the scent and staining. Remember, it’s much easier to replace a rug than an entire carpet.

3. Vacuum regularly

Even if your pooch isn’t prone to excessive shedding, their hairs can easily become embedded in carpet fibres, making your home look dirty and unhygienic – not to mention getting all over your clothes. Grooming your pet regularly can keep their hairs from shedding too much, preventing excessive build up.

Aside from grooming, regular vacuuming is essential to prevent your carpet fibres from becoming clogged with pet hair. So, be sure to run the hoover round at least twice a week.

4. Hire a professional cleaner

Whether it’s puppy accidents or mucky paw-prints, professional carpet cleaners have the best cleaning materials and know-how to leave your floors looking as good as new.

At Clean & Dry Sheffield, we have been caring for the carpets in the local area for over 30 years. With our living room package, you can restore your carpets to their best at a budget-friendly price. We’ll even add a layer of carpet protection to prevent any additional mess.

 

Whether it’s spilt coffee, a pet accident or your toddler’s latest masterpiece, it seems no matter how hard we try, our carpets are constantly being decorated by stains.

Yellow stains, just like other colourful spillages, can be unsightly and hard to remove. However, with the right experience and know-how, you’ll find it much easier to get yellow stains out of your carpet…

Essentials kit

First things first, before you can tackle any sort of stain, you need to have your kit prepped and ready to go. There are a number of things to have in your store cupboard in case of a carpet emergency…

  • Dish soap – Most households will have this in abundance, perfect for mixing with warm water for a quick, easy carpet cleaning saviour
  • Cotton cloths – These are a staple for a variety of household cleaning tasks, including tackling stubborn stains
  • Scrubbing brush – For those tougher stains, when using a cloth simply won’t cut it, a scrubbing brush can prove extremely useful
  • Spray bottle – An empty spray bottle can come in handy for pre-making solutions, ready to go anytime you are in need
  • Ammonia – A longstanding carpet cleaning staple, ammonia can be used to clean almost every room in your house

Getting started ASAP

When it comes to stain removal, time is unfortunately not on your side. As soon as you spot a pesky yellow stain, it’s time to get to work.

For non-wool carpets, mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with 1 cup of water in a clean spray bottle. Be sure to use rubber gloves and avoid contact with skin. Then, simply spray the solution directly onto the stain and work it in with your fingers or a clean dry cotton cloth. If you’re working on a wool carpet, follow the same method using 1 tablespoon of dish soap with 1 cup of water.

Once your solution has been worked in, take your scrubbing brush and gently work in circle motions. Then, use a dry cotton cloth and dab the area, pressing firmly to absorb all remaining liquid. Once the area has dried completely, the stain should be gone.

Hire a professional

If you’ve tried all you can and the yellowing remains, it may be time to call in a professional. The carpet cleaning team at Clean & Dry Sheffield can transform your old, yellowing carpet, making it cleaner, brighter and healthier in no time

Whether it’s pets bringing in dirt, spillages and stains from kids or just general wear and tear, there comes a time when every carpet needs a deep clean. But how much is it going to cost? Shop around a bit and you’ll find all kinds of quotes, including some that seem too good to be true.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what they are. Keep reading to discover the pitfalls and true costs cheap carpet cleaning.

Training and equipment

We understand, when you’re on a budget, it can be tempting to simply opt for the cheapest provider. After all, professional carpet cleaning is all the same, right? Wrong. In fact, many cheaper companies are not actually professionals at all.

Firstly, they lack the equipment to deliver the results you expect. Many carpet cleaning companies describe themselves as professional, but use budget equipment that you could actually hire yourself.

Their results are also affected by a lack of training. Cleaners commonly overuse water and detergent without fully drying out your carpet, leaving a sticky, chemical residue. They may even pressure wash the dirt down into the fibres, only for it to reappear later as the carpet dries – once your money is long gone.

The long-term results can be costly, with more cleaning required or even a full carpet replacement necessary. While your carpet may look sparkling clean initially, you could find yourself back in the same messy situation not long after your clean.

Bait and switch

Another major concern with ‘cheap’ carpet cleaners is their misleading advertisements. ‘Bait-and-switch’ is a common tactic, where services are advertised at a bargain rate – such as £100 for a full house – to draw customers in.

Eventually, the company reveals that the bargain price was for a basic, inferior service. They reveal that a ‘full’ clean costs much more, pushing you towards the more expensive options.

The benefits of a professional job

With professional carpet cleaners, you get complete confidence that they will deliver the best results and leave your carpets looking stunning. But it’s not just the results that set them apart from cheap cleaning companies. It’s the whole experience.

Professional carpet cleaners provide a fixed price with no hidden costs. All furniture is moved before and during cleaning and returned after, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Best of all, you get complete peace of mind and lasting results.

Avoiding amateurs

If you’ve done your homework and received a number of quotes from carpet cleaners, those offering extremely low prices will stand out. There’s nothing to say that these cheap companies cannot carry out a fine job, but there are a few red flags to look out for.

  • Does the company have proof of insurance?
  • Have you heard positive reviews about the company?
  • Do they provide examples of past work?
  • Are they Trustmark Government Endorsed Standards approved?

Professional carpet cleaning

At Clean & Dry Sheffield, we are fully open and honest with all our customers, allowing them to feel completely at ease with our carpet cleaning services. After an inspection, we offer a free, no-obligation quote. If you’re not entirely satisfied with our service, we offer a No Quibble Money Back Guarantee, so you always get exactly what you need for your money.

Even with regular vacuuming, a well-stocked cleaning kit and a strict no-shoe rule, dirt and grime will inevitably build up in your carpet over time. Eventually, all carpets start to look a little tired. The solution? Give them a new lease of life with a professional carpet clean. But how much will that set you back? Read on as we discuss how you can get the best deal for your carpet clean.

Choosing the right company

There are a number of cleaning companies out there, offering competitive prices for refreshing your carpet. How do you know which one to go for? First things first, always ask for a quote. You simply cannot weigh up your options without having all the information. Here are a few other things to consider before making up your mind…

  • Are any companies recommended by friends or family?
  • Do they have any testimonials, reviews or case studies?
  • What do their services cover?
  • Do they offer any packages that would work for you?

Size matters

The cost of cleaning a 1-bedroom bungalow is going to be much less than a 4-bedroom family home. It also depends on the size of the area you want to be cleaned. Do you have more than one living room that needs tackling? Or is it just a new nursery in need of a deep clean? These are all questions that will factor into your quote so be sure to be aware of everything you need doing beforehand.

Any stubborn stains?

Old, worn-in stains take more time and effort to remove, which may impact the overall cost. When gathering your quotes, be sure to mention any particularly stubborn stains, whether that’s red wine, paint or ink, that may require a little extra work in order to get an accurate quote.

Cost-effective solution

When dealing with an old, tired and potentially stained carpet, a professional deep clean is much more affordable than buying an entirely new carpet. You could save hundreds, even thousands depending on the size of your room, and the results will be astonishingly similar.

If you’re in need of a professional carpet clean, the team at Clean & Dry Sheffield are here to help. Our expert team offer a range of carpet cleaning packages and services, leaving your home looking as good as new in no time. Get in touch with us today for a free, no obligation quote.

Keeping your carpets clean is an age-old problem that we’re all familiar with. When you notice a stain, it’s only natural to try and get rid of it, whether it’s using white wine on red wine stains or frantically scrubbing when people are on their way round.

However, you don’t always need to resort to these measures. Read on for our handy guide to keeping your carpets clean.

Tackling the problem early

The best way to keep your carpets clean is to prevent dirt, debris and stains from occurring in the first place. By taking a few simple steps, you can keep your home and your carpets clean all year round.

Doormats at every entrance

One of the easiest ways to prevent the transfer of dirt and debris onto your carpet is to place doormats at every entrance to your home. Perhaps even get two at each entrance, one inside and one outside to prevent transfer even further.

Remove shoes indoors

As well as encouraging guests to wipe their shoes on your doormats as they enter, you may want to employ a no-shoe rule indoors, avoiding dirt and debris being brought in from outside. Try wearing socks or house slippers when indoors to protect your carpets even more.

Clean stains straight away

The worst thing you can do to your carpet is to let stains fester and embed themselves in the fibres of your carpet. You may not notice every stain immediately, but it’s vital to tackle them straight away once you do spot them.

Regular cleaning

However hard you try, dirt and debris getting onto your carpets is inevitable. You simply cannot maintain a clean carpet without a regular clean.

Vacuum at least twice a week

It goes without saying, one of the easiest and best ways to keep on top of your carpet cleaning is with a vacuum. It’s worth investing in a good cleaner and giving each room a once over at least twice a week to keep your home looking its best.

Monthly deep cleans

As well as keeping on top of the vacuuming in your home, a monthly deep clean is a great way to leave your home looking – and smelling – clean. Baking soda, vinegar, rubbing alcohol and so many more household essentials can prevent carpet mould and give your carpet a fresh look.

Hire a professional

If you want to keep your carpet looking as good as new, a professional clean is the only way to achieve a perfect look. Once or twice a year, a deep professional clean is vital for preventing aging and discolouration.

At Clean & Dry Sheffield, we offer a variety of cleaning packages to make sure your carpets look and feel their best all year round.

Moving to a new house can be a stressful and overwhelming time for both the buyers and sellers. Signing contracts, booking removal teams, dealing with solicitors – with so much to handle during the move, the last thing you want to be worrying about is the cleanliness of your new home.

Fortunately, there is a quick and easy solution. Read on as we explore why a professional deep clean is the best way to ensure your home is fit for you and your family on moving day.

A fresh start

A new property is a new start for many of us. The chance to redecorate, put your own stamp on a house and make it into your home. Every homeowner has different expectations and varying ideas of what constitutes as clean. A seller’s version of a clean home may not be the same as your own, for instance.

Many buyers only notice the difference once they’ve moved into the property, even if the carpets looked in a good condition at the viewing. Once the seller’s furniture is moved, it’s easier to see much dirtier traffic areas compared to where furniture has been. If you don't plan on having furniture in the same places, the dirt is very visible.

When to clean

It goes without saying, it’s much easier to carry out a deep clean of a home before all the furniture has been moved in. But if you have carpets cleaned before moving day, you may find a lot of the cleaning work being undone in an instant.

While this would be a huge problem for a DIY job, a good professional carpet cleaning company will be happy to move furniture for you as part of the service. So, you can focus on getting moved in, with all your furniture in the right places. They will take care of moving furniture around during the cleaning process, and leave your home in a pristine condition.

Save yourself time

As we all know, moving into a new home is stressful enough without adding deep carpet and flooring cleans into the mix. Cleaning your floors yourself will take several hours and a lot of effort, with generally mediocre results. In contrast, hiring a professional to carry out a deep clean will save you both time and energy and deliver pristine carpets.

You can spend your time on the more important things, picking out new décor for your home and organising the move, knowing the cleaning is in good hands.

Professional deep cleaning in Sheffield

At Clean & Dry in Sheffield, we can make sure the carpets throughout your new home are looking and feeling as good as new, as well as deep cleaning tile flooring, to remove hassle from moving day and make it much easier to settle into your new home.

Whether you’re a homeowner, tenant or even a landlord, there comes a time when your carpets need a proper clean. When that time comes, there are only two real options to give your carpets a deep clean: doing it yourself or hiring a professional.

Both options, if done properly, will provide a deeper clean than vacuuming and general stain removal. But which is best for you? Should you give it a go yourself by renting a carpet cleaner, or put your faith in the professionals? Read on as we discuss the difference between professional and DIY carpet cleaning.

Cost

Whether you opt for DIY or professional carpet cleaning, you’re going to have to pay for it. While DIY is often seen as the ‘cheap’ option, you’ll need to hire a carpet cleaner along with a number of cleaning essentials, such as baking soda or cleaning solution.

A professional clean will cost a little more, but could be well worth it when you see the results…

Quality

Like most other things in life, you get what you pay for with carpet cleaning. Doing it yourself generally has mixed results. Chances are, you’ll come across a tough stain that your bog-standard carpet cleaner can’t deal with.

A professional carpet cleaner may be more expensive, but will leave you with a much nicer, long-lasting finish. Find the right provider and you are almost always guaranteed fantastic results.

The reason for this is that professional carpet cleaners invest in expensive, powerful equipment that is far superior to DIY machines. They also have the knowledge on how to treat those hard to remove stains and the right solutions to tackle them. As professional we also have access to advanced cleaning solutions not generally available to consumers. These professional strength chemicals are not harmful to carpets and they will kill 99% of bacteria’s, allergens and moulds.

Effort

Quality isn’t the only difference between professional and DIY carpet cleaning. DIY carpet cleaning also requires a lot of effort. It can take several hours to properly clean an entire home, depending on the size of your home and carpets.

For a start, that involves moving all your furniture around and getting it back into place once the carpets are clean and completely dry. That’s not even mentioning hauling the industrial carpet cleaner around your home.

A professional carpet cleaner can get the job done much quicker, with all the necessary experience and training. They’re also used to handling the heavy equipment, so they can take all the effort off your plate.

Drying Times

Drying times are another factor to consider when comparing DIY carpet cleaning to a professional solution. Drying time is on average 75% less when cleaned professionally. This is because we use state of the art modern, efficient machines remove large amounts of moisture, so your carpets should dry rapidly. You’ll be able to use them soon after we leave. When cleaning carpets yourself you can often find that your carpets are damp for days. Not only is this impractical, it could leave you with a nasty odour and also actually make your carpets dirtier as the water and residue left in the carpets attracts more dirt.

Knowledge and Experience

It's one thing having the equipment to clean your carpets yourself but do you have the knowledge on how to get the best results? As well as having state of the art equipment our technicians are all fully trained in the cleaning of different carpets and stains to ensure the best possible results, without causing damage to your carpet.

Choose professional with Clean & Dry

If you have an extra day or two spare to focus on cleaning your home – and don’t mind the compromised results and added effort – then the DIY option may be for you. However, for the best results time and again, Clean & Dry Sheffield provides expert carpet cleaning services. Our professional team will leave your carpets and home looking as good as new with no effort on your part.

Carpets go through a lot in their lifetime. With muddy feet and paws, accidental spillages and unavoidable footfall, your carpet can be left looking worn out and tired in just a few short months.

Don’t worry. With our quick and easy tips, you can keep your carpet looking and feeling new for as long as possible…

1. Vacuum regularly

Buying the newest, top-of-the-range vacuum cleaner isn’t a definite solution for your carpets. To extend its life, you’ll need to give it a once over with the hoover at least twice a week. Make sure you’re clearing the filters regularly, too, as a full vacuum isn’t going to be performing to the best of its ability.

2. Switch it up

Regular footfall can be tough for your carpet to handle. Certain areas will get stomped on more often than others, leaving them flattened and worn down. A regular shake up of your home’s layout will help to keep your entire carpet looking and feeling as good as new. Try moving furniture around every 6 months or so for the best results.

3. Use baking soda

A clean looking carpet simply isn’t enough. You want it to smell like new, too. Sprinkling a light layer of baking soda across your carpet before vacuuming will help to leave it looking and smelling fresh. Keep those pesky pet scents at bay with this handy trick. For tougher areas, leave the baking soda to settle for a few minutes before vacuuming.

4. Emergency stain remover kit

Stains are a new carpet’s worst nightmare. If they’re not tackled properly and quickly, even the smallest stains can ruin the look of any home. Keeping a stash of the best stain removing products is the best way to quickly remove any nasty spills. Shaving cream, dishwasher detergent, club soda and hydrogen peroxide are some of the best stain removers.

5. Trim loose ends

If any loose snags of tufts appear on your carpet, make sure you don’t pull them out. This will only make the problem worse, tearing the carpet from the backing. Instead, grab a pair of scissors and trim the snag before the problem worsens. Pet owners and parents in particular should be on the look out for these tufts, as claws and little hands can easily pull threads loose.

6. Regular deep clean

Even if you follow our first 5 tips, it’s inevitable that your carpet will start to look tired and worn after a few months in your home. Just as you’d take your car in for an oil change, your carpet needs some professional maintenance. Unlike regular vacuums, a professional carpet cleaner can get deep into the fibres, removing all dirt and grime.

At Clean & Dry, we use a variety of cleaning methods to ensure your carpet cleaning needs are met. Our thorough and hassle-free cleaning service in Sheffield will leave your carpet looking and feeling as good as new in no time.

When you’re comparing any products or services, you want to know the cost. It’s no different for carpet cleaning. That’s why, as professional carpet cleaners, we’re often asked to provide a price over the phone.

Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Without a real inspection of the job at hand, over the phone pricing for carpet cleaning generally means a slapdash service with sub-par results. Read on as we explore why a free consultation is key when it comes to professional carpet cleaning.

 

Not all carpets are the same

You wouldn’t let a doctor prescribe medication without assessing your illness. It’s a similar story with carpets. Each carpet is different, whether it’s the material, the environment or a specific stain.

On inspection, professionals can determine the best course of action for your carpet, such as the pre-treatment, cleaning method and aftercare. They might find that you don’t need such a big clean at all. Rather than forking out for a comprehensive clean, a smaller spot-treatment could suffice.

Fair pricing

The size of your carpet plays a big part in the cost of the job. Without seeing it for themselves, it’s impossible for companies to provide an accurate price for carpet cleaning. If the job is bigger than expected on arrival, they’re unlikely to complete it for the same price. For you, that means an unfair, unexpected price hike.

The same can be true for furniture, with some companies expecting all items to be cleared out of the room. Forget to do so and you could be in for an extra charge if your price was agreed over the phone. This is eliminated with a free consultation, as everything can be accounted for and explained clearly.

Meet the team

Speaking to someone over the phone doesn’t compare to meeting them in person. When you get a thorough inspection, you can meet the people who will be cleaning your carpet. After all, you’ll be letting them into your home, so you want them to be polite and well-mannered.

Meeting in person also allows the cleaning company to provide full insurance and guarantees within a detailed written quote. You can find out more about our friendly, talented team on our meet the team page here >>

Clean and Dry

At Clean and Dry, we know the value of a thorough inspection for your carpets. Our team uses a variety of high-quality cleaning products and methods, and it’s important to determine which is right for your property. We also have a No Quibble Money Back Guarantee if you’re not 100% satisfied with the results and customer service, so you have complete peace of mind when we’re cleaning your carpets.