Spring Clean Your Carpet This May

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Somehow, it’s that time of year again. The Easter bunny has come and gone, days are getting longer, and coats are no longer necessary on evening walks. If you haven’t already, you’re probably feeling some pressure to give your house a refresh, perhaps have a clear-out and make your home sparkling clean for the oncoming warmer months. 

There are few things quite as frustrating as cleaning a room top to bottom only to uncover pesky stains that won’t budge, ruining the pristine look you were going for. If this scenario resonates with you, worry no more. We’ve got you covered with our comprehensive guide to making those carpets look as good as new.

Remove Stains From Easy-Clean Carpets

The first step to any carpet cleaning is thorough vacuuming. There’s no point trying to get out stains if your floor is scattered with crumbs, mud and dust; you’ll likely only end up scrubbing new stains into the carpet. Once you’ve ensured all the easily removable dirt is gone, it’s time to tackle the more challenging parts.
If possible, it’s always best to perform this process as soon as the stain occurs, as it will become harder to remove the longer it is left. Start by making a solution of household bleach, one part bleach to ten parts warm water. Apply the solution to a white cloth and gently dab the stain, starting from the outside and working inwards. Refrain from scrubbing at the carpet, as you run the risk of pushing the stain deeper into the fabric. You could also end up damaging the carpet. If it isn’t budging, try adding a little more bleach to the solution. Once the stain has vanished, use a paper towel to pat the carpet dry.

Remove Stains From Wool Carpets

Again, make sure to vacuum your floor before anything else, and try to remove the stain as soon as it happens. Start by using a small amount of warm water and a paper towel to gently blot the stain. Avoid using too much water, as this could damage the wool and cause a lingering odour. Once the stain starts to fade, use a white cloth and warm water to continue blotting it. Eventually, it should disappear.

Make Your Home That Little Bit More Homely

At the end of the day, a home is meant to be lived in. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll go through life without a couple of stains cropping up here and there; they’re never the end of the world and can usually be removed with relative ease. Here at Goring Road Carpet Centre, we would never want you to compromise your fun for the sake of your flooring. Our extensive range of flooring includes bleach-friendly, easy-clean carpets, perfect for any household with kids or pets. These are sure to give you that extra peace of mind and allow you to live your life without fear.

Get in Touch With Goring Road Carpet Centre Today

Flooring is one of the first things visitors will notice about your home and can make a huge difference to your overall home design. For professionally installed carpet that gives your home the look and feel you’ve been wanting, get in touch with the friendly team at Goring Road Carpet Centre today. We are always more than happy to offer expert advice on what would work best for your property and provide further guidance on how best to care for your new flooring. Take your home to the next level with our flawless products and services!

How to Protect Your Carpet When Painting

How to Protect Your Carpet When Painting

If you’ve ever redecorated a house, you probably understand the struggle of attempting to redo the walls without splattering paint all over everything else in the room. This is especially true if you’ve also had a new carpet installed. Paint can be pretty much fatal to carpets, which is why we recommend taking every precaution to ensure it remains adequately protected throughout your painting process.

Cover the Floor

This is going to be the most important step to ensuring your carpet remains free of stains during your decorating process. No matter how skilled a painter you think you may be, there’s no guaranteeing that splodges of paint won’t fall from your brush and ruin your freshly laid flooring. For larger projects, we always recommend covering your entire carpet with a large cloth or plastic dust sheet. These can also be used to cover furniture and anything else you don’t want to be covered in paint. Covering your carpets with these sheets will protect them from any spills or stray drops from your paintbrush. You can find these sheets in any major hardware stores or online shops such as Amazon at very affordable prices. 

Alternatively, if you want to be extra careful, you can purchase dedicated carpet covers for painting, which will guarantee you won’t have any accidents concerning your carpet. These are easy to use, waterproof, and often come with adhesive to secure them in place, ensuring they won’t become dislodged as you paint. 

A newspaper may well do the trick if you are painting on a much smaller scale. Old papers are very handy when it comes to more awkward angles, as they can fit in every nook and cranny. If you are painting your skirting boards, we highly recommend using newspaper to cover the floor below to catch any running paint.

Paint With Care

Of course, whilst covering your carpet is necessary, it’s always best to avoid spilling paint where possible, if only to save on supplies and avoid a lengthy cleanup later on. Painting walls requires dedication and precision along with a steady hand. When using a roller, be sure to go slowly and carefully to avoid splattering or spilling paint over the floor. This will also ensure a smoother, more professional-looking finish. Also make sure that you don’t overload your roller or brush with paint, as this will most likely result in large amounts falling from the paintbrush onto the floor. Before applying it to the wall, wipe off the excess paint from your brush to ensure you aren’t overdoing it. 

When painting around awkward obstacles such as light switches, it can be highly beneficial to use an edging tool, as this will allow you to easily paint a clean, smooth edge without getting paint on anything you didn’t mean to get colour on.

Enjoy a Stunning New Home with Goring Road Carpets

Now that you know the best ways to protect your carpet when redecorating, nothing is standing in your way between you and your best home yet. Goring Road Carpets offers a luxury range of products perfect for the home of your dreams. Got any questions? No worries. Contact our friendly team today to find out all about our services and receive expert advice from the people who know best. Your perfect home may be just a carpet away!

Tips For Keeping Your Carpet Clean When You Have Kids


It can be challenging to furnish your home and keep it looking clean when little ones are running around the house all day. When it comes to picking your flooring, it’s generally advisable to stick to carpet when you have children, as it provides a much softer landing when they inevitably take a tumble here or there. The downside of this option is that it’s a lot harder to clean up spillages and mud from carpet than it is from wooden floors. If you’re looking to keep yours looking pristine, keep reading to find out our top tips for keeping your carpet child-proof.

Don't Opt For White...

At the end of the day, you probably won’t be able to prevent every bit of mess your kids create. A little bit of juice, mud or chocolate will inevitably end up somewhere on your new carpet. For this reason, we advise skipping the cream or white colour carpets and opting for a slightly more forgivable colour when it comes to stains. That doesn’t mean you have sacrifice style, though! We stock a vast range of stunning carpet styles, capable of transforming your home and giving it that perfect cosy or luxe look you’re going for.

Set Some Ground Rules and Stick to Them

When it comes to keeping any part of your home clean, it’s always worth setting a few easy rules to prevent any serious accidents. Even if it’s just making sure your child keeps their muddy boots by the door when they come in or banning any drinks that aren’t water from the carpeted room, these will hopefully go a long way in helping you avoid any carpet-related disasters. 

It’s also worth noting that you should ideally follow these rules as well in order to set an example for your kids. They’re much more likely to do as you do, not as you say, so go ahead and show them how it’s done!

Consider a Rug

If you or your children are particularly accident-prone, it may be worth investing in a stylish rug to cover some of the carpet until they’re old enough to be trusted not to make too much of a mess. While you might not want to cover up your brand new carpet, it may be an excellent temporary solution to protect the fabric and avoid reinstalling a whole new carpet when they’re a bit older. Make sure to place it wherever you deem most at risk from stains.

Be Prepared

Do a bit of research into how best to care for your carpet before having it installed. We suggest using Stainguard as an extra protective layer, which should hopefully allow you to avoid permanent damage. Always make sure you’re stocked up on the best carpet cleaning products so you can act swiftly if any accidents occur.

Contact Goring Road Carpets to Complete Your Family Home

When it comes down to it, your home is there to be lived in, and having a beautiful carpet shouldn’t change that. Here at Goring Road Carpets, we stock a stunning array of high-quality products that will transform your home and make it a safe and comfortable environment for your kids. If you’re looking for more advice on how best to care for your carpet, or you’d like to enquire about a fitting, get in touch with the expert team today. Your happiest home yet may be just a phone call away!