This time of year there tends to be a huge spike in carpet cleaning. Not just because it’s Easter, but for a variety of reasons;
- more light means winter stains get noticed
- It’s time for another large family gathering and the home needs to look lovely for the guests
- kids receive lots of chocolate and some of it ends up on the carpet and not in their mouths!
So what’s the best way to get ground-in Easter Egg out of your lounge carpet?
If you know you have bleach-cleanable carpets (we sell lots of these – especially to families with young children!) then you can use most domestic cleaning products to get the stain out – although we would always recommend reading the label and following the instructions before using them. If, however, you’re not sure, then it’s best to start with some warm soapy water, a clean dishcloth or scrubbing brush and some kitchen roll.
- Wet the cloth/brush and work it into the stain, taking care not to spread the mark out further. Try working in from the outside to the centre of the stain.
- Blot the damp patch with the kitchen roll
- Repeat process until the stain is gone.
- Leave to dry and then vacuum
Of course some stains are more stubborn and in these cases it might be best to either hire in a professional carpet cleaning machine or a reputable carpet cleaning company. These can be especially effective if you have large or high traffic areas of carpet that needs cleaning such as the hall, stairs and landing or a through lounge-dining room.
In our experience, chocolate stains do come out of carpets with a little elbow grease most of the time . Just be wary of the red wine and the berry cheesecake at the big family Easter dinner though!