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How to clean a high-pile carpet: tips for housewives

Yulia PoteriankoLife
A high-pile carpet is worth the effort of caring for it

A fluffy high-pile carpet looks extremely impressive. It is also pleasant to the touch and much warmer than a thinner version. These are all advantages. The disadvantage is its cleaning. At first glance, it may seem that you can't remove dirt with a vacuum cleaner. However, there are several life hacks for cleaning a high-pile carpet.

OBOZREVATEL has collected tips from experienced housewives on how to deal with such an item. Of course, it won't be as easy as with a regular carpet, but such an interior decoration is well worth the effort.

The old-fashioned method

Dust can be knocked out in a usual way. A small rug can be shaken out. Just make sure that the tool you decide to use does not pull on the pile. This can damage the carpet. In addition, do not do this cleaning in direct sunlight. Prolonged exposure to the sun can discolor the item.

The subtleties of vacuuming

Despite the fact that this method of care seems not only difficult but impossible, it is quite possible to clean a long-pile carpet with a vacuum cleaner. First of all, turn the carpet wrong side up and vacuum it in this position. This will remove fine dust that can be pulled through the fabric. In addition, in this position, some of the dirt will spill out of the carpet, which can then be collected directly from the floor. If you plan to clean the piles directly, lower the suction power and remove the beater to avoid damaging or tearing out the pile.

You can also treat the item with carpet cleaning shampoo. However, it is better to apply it manually so as not to overwet the pile with foam. When the product has pushed the dirt out, you can shake or knock it out and vacuum it as described above.

Steam cleaner

A steam cleaner can be very effective when it comes to cleaning a shag carpet. Vacuum or beat the item, add clean water or a suitable product to the steam cleaner, and thoroughly clean the entire surface. All you have to do is wait for the carpet to dry naturally before putting it back on the floor.

What to do with stains

Long piles absorb more dirt than short ones, so it will be more difficult to clean them from stains, especially if you let the contaminant penetrate deeply. Therefore, it is important to react as quickly as possible. Thus, always keep a carpet cleaning solution at home that you can use without delay. It is also a good idea to test the solution in advance to ensure that it is safe for the fabric by applying a little in an inconspicuous place. Immediately apply the solution to the stain. You will need to spray a lot of the product to ensure that it works along the entire length of the pile. Then let it work as directed or even a little longer, and then blot with a damp cloth and absorb the remaining moisture with a paper towel. A large stain should be removed from the outer edges to the center. Do not rub the stained pile in any way: it is better to repeat the procedure several times.

Dry cleaning

If you are afraid of spoiling a beautiful thing, then entrust its care to professionals. From time to time, take the carpet to a dry cleaner or call a cleaning specialist to your home. They will determine the type of pile and weave of the carpet and clean it with the most suitable products.

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