You can steam clean your own carpets (ideally twice a year) using a rented carpet cleaner and Shannon’s special carpet cleaning mix – this consists of: the carpet cleaner that comes with the machine (quarter of a cup), 2 tablespoons each of white vinegar (strong fabric cleaner); bicarb soda (a salt based general cleaner) and methylated spirits (effective on ink stains). Then add two teaspoons each of glycerine (loosens stains) and eucalyptus oil (makes carpet small fresh).
If you have a serious problem area like our families’ scorched plastic burn mark, best to patch it using another piece of carpet from a hidden spot. First, measure the stain to see how much spare carpet you need using a cardboard cut-out as a template, then (using a stanley knife), cut around the template on the clean section of carpet and use this new piece as a template to cut around the stain itself - creating an exact fit. Cut 4 pieces of jute webbing to fit widthways half under the main carpet and half under the new cut-out and add carpet adhesive all over the webbing (and in the middle section too) before sticking the new piece firmly down on top and weighting it with a heavy book for 24 hours. Once you’ve brushed the edges the patched section will be barely visible.
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