Andersens home remedy carpet cleaning tips

Home remedy carpet cleaning has been found by many people to be just as effective, if not more effective than any carpet-cleaning product you buy in the supermarkets. Andersens’ would like to share some of their home remedy carpet cleaning tips to help give your carpets the best chance of looking new for longer, despite spillages.

When dealing with a variety of liquids spilled on your carpet, there are some different methods of cleaning up each individual spill, depending on the type. The different types can include wine, animal marks (eg.urine) and blood but, there are some important things to remember when first sighting a spill.  These are:

  • Act fast – The longer a spill/stain is left, the more difficult it is to get out
  • Don’t Scrub – Clean up the spill by dabbing with paper towel or a dry cloth
  • Don’t oversaturate carpet – Use minimal liquid for solution = less chance of mould
  • Use appropriate solution – Right solution means removes spill/stain faster

One of the most popular and successful carpet-cleaning home remedies is good old white vinegar.  This can either be used in a carpet-cleaning machine or mixed with water to dab or spray with a spray bottle on the stain or spill.  Only apply a solution after you have already absorbed as much of the spillage as possible with paper towel or a dry cloth.

When mixing a solution of white vinegar to dab or spray onto the stain, mix 50/50 with water and white vinegar.  Allow this to absorb into the carpet fibres so that it reaches all the fibres, not just the top layer.

Solutions with white vinegar can vary from 1 to 10 with water, to 50/50 so it can depend on the severity of the stain, mainly by the colouring.

If you have a wet/dry vacuum cleaner, use this too as it will assist with the process after you have applied the solution and help to dry out remaining moisture. Putting some baking soda on it will also help bring out the moisture; just remember to vacuum it up once it is dry. If baking soda is still showing, use a stiff brush to brush the carpet, as this will help bring it to the surface so you can vacuum it up entirely.

White vinegar can be just as successful when mixed like a normal cleaning solution into a carpet-cleaning machine.  Whether you use a carpet-cleaning machine or a cloth, you may notice the vinegar smell while cleaning, but that will disappear once the carpet is completely dry.

Soda water is another popular carpet cleaning solution home remedy. Just apply the same as the white vinegar, but you can pour directly onto the stain.  Be careful not to saturate the carpet.  Allow it to penetrate for about five minutes, then dab with paper towel or a dry cloth.  This can also be repeated if necessary if you are still seeing remnant of the stain.

If you don’t have any baking soda, salt can be just as effective. Just pour the amount of salt required to cover the dampened area.  Then cover with a damp cloth and allow to sit for a few minutes. Once the area is dry, vacuum up the remaining salt residue.

Another simple carpet cleaning home remedy is with ammonia. This is recommended for spills and stains with grease, dairy, egg and blood.  The solution mix should be half a cup of water to one tablespoon of ammonia and use gloves before mixing and while cleaning.  Remember though to cleanse the area with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water afterwards by dabbing with a cloth.No matter what home remedy carpet-cleaning tip you use, just also remember to dry the carpet as soon as possible afterwards.  The fastest way to do this is by putting a fan or heater facing the dampened area to assist with the drying process.  If you don’t have a portable heater or fan, then the next best option is to use a hair dryer.

For an easy-to-follow guide on which solutions to use for which spills or stains, then use our “Spotting Guide” for carpet which is located on our ‘Floor Care’ webpage on our website.  You can go straight to that page Here.

Last Minute Flooring Options for Christmas

It is time for Christmas and the relatives are coming over.  Everything is culminating to a magical day of family, fun and festivities then you look at your flooring and you know that it is well beyond time that it should be upgraded.  So what can you do with so little time before Christmas?

The answer is simple, you give Andersens a call.

With Andersens, you don’t even have to take the time to come to one of our showrooms.  Our showroom can come to you.  Our showroom on wheels can bring to your home a range of flooring options for you to view.

Just give us a call and book an appointment for a day that is convenient for you and a friendly professional sales representative can come to your house and show you product samples in various types and colours.  They will discuss with you the best options to meet your needs and match your existing decor and will be able to tell you what they have in stock and give you the fastest options.  Those options could range from carpet which you will be able to roll out immediately, cork tiles which are super fast to install, or perhaps vinyl flooring for wet areas.  No matter what your taste and no matter what your needs, Andersens’ can get to you, show you your options, and get the job done quickly.  Andersens massive warehouse ensures a readily available range of superior options so there is no need to wait.  After your showroom on wheels has come to your door, we will be able advise you what is in stock and what your options are.  We call this process Fast Track Flooring.  So to get what you need ASAP, give Andersens a call today on 1800 016 016 for a free measure and quote.

5 easy flooring upgrades for your home

Over time, all of the rooms in your house can look a little tired, a little outdated and a little run down.  In order to refresh your home and give it a more modern look, one of the easiest things to do is to upgrade your flooring.  Not only will it make your home look and feel great, it will also boost the value of your home!

So our top five recommendations on easy floor upgrades for your home are:

CORK

Cork is one of the latest trends in flooring and although it has been around for a long time, it still remains one of the best ways to transform a cold uninviting floor to a more modern look.  Apart from looking great, it’s also durable, feels sensational under foot, is eco-friendly and easy to install.  It is manufactured with panels that easily snap together requiring no glue or nails.  Cork is easy to clean, easy to maintain and Andersens offer a 25 year residential wear warranty on all cork tiles.  If you’ve never tried cork before, why not try it now as an easy floor upgrade option?

VINYL

Vinyl is so versatile and easy to install, that you can have an entire room completely upgraded in around 7 hours.  They come in a range of colours and patterns to suit each part of your home.  You can have your vinyl tiles looking like wood, marble, slate, or parquetry.  At Andersens, we can even customise your tiles by having your business logo or personalised design printed on them.  Vinyl is highly resilient and provides great cushioning underfoot.  There are so many options for your flooring with Vinyl that it is a smart way to reinvigorate your home to give it the new, fresh look that you’re after, no matter where in the home you want it.

CERAMIC TILES

Ceramic tiles are recommended for all your water areas like the bathroom, but they’re getting more popular to have as large tiles in all living areas as well.  Often our water areas are not given much attention and you can easily increase the value and appeal of your home by making a couple of minor changes to update them.  Updating your tiling can match the wider theme of your home or can make a personal statement.  Just like vinyl tiles, ceramic tiles are all about customisation.  They can portrait your theme or even personality in ways that other options cannot.

RUGS

One of the simplest upgrades to your flooring is to place a rug down that with a pattern that can easily give your home a more modern look.  So if you are not quite ready to change up a whole flooring area but you still want something fresh, the range of rugs available at Andersens will surprise you.

Rugs can complement your furniture, provide a small space of luxury for children to play on, or can simply lift the mood of a room.  At Andersens we have three different ranges of rugs to suit your individual needs no matter where you would like it placed in your house.  Our Satin shag range gives a room warmth and sophistication, the Sunny shag range gives a room super soft comfort and the Galaxy shag range gives a fresh new metallic look to enhance a room to match the more modern furniture and accessories.

CARPET

Carpet is our fifth easy upgrade option, and is easier to install than you think.  If your carpet is looking tired, worn out or out dated, the whole process of redoing your carpet is another easy option for you.  Come and see Andersens today and we’ll be happy to take you through all the carpet options that are available to you and explain how easy the process of upgrading will be.

Don’t wait any longer, if you’d like to discuss your options and browse our range of floorings to find out which one will best suit your home and budget, then come and see us today.  Giving your home that new updated look will also give you a great feeling every time you enter your house.  It can even feel as good as moving into a new home, as well as increasing the value of it.