If you have carpet then you've probably attempted to remove the odd stain but with so many sprays, steams, foams and powders on the market it is hard to know what to use. Tonight we put the best supermarket brands to the test on the worst household stains.
Carpet cleaning tips from
the Specialised Cleaning and Restoration Industry Association
•Some foods and drinks contain food dyes. Depending on the type of carpet you have, the carpet will react with the dyes in different ways. There is no simple remedy for removing dyes from carpet.
•If you spill bleach on the carpet, removing the bleach will not bring back the colour. The are specialised colour repair specialists who can rectify this situation.
•Often chemicals you find in the supermarket have a more severe effect on the carpet than professionally used chemical. Be careful what you use – many commonly found chemicals can cause more damage than good.
•There are many urban myths about how to remove stains from carpet – more often than not they cause more harm than good.