Carpets get dirty. Carpets with kids and pets (and husbands who don’t take off their work boots BEFORE entering the house) get especially dirty.
You probably didn’t make the mess, but you’ll still have to scrub the stains. Because you’re the mum. And mums get ALL the fun jobs.
You can complain to your children and curse at your carpets. Or you can complain to your children, curse at your carpets and actually get them clean. Want to know how? All you need is the right equipment.
Three lucky Mum Central readers will be able to test out (and review) – the all new Britex Carpet Cleaning Machine – free of charge. This little cleaning wizard is Australia’s favourite DIY carpet and upholstery cleaning system. It offers an ideal (and easy) way to remove stains from your carpets, cushions, couches, rugs and more, all the while removing allergens, pollutants and other nasties.
Name that Stain (and how to remove it quickly)
But before we tell you all about this opportunity, let’s delve into the most common child-friendly stains, shall we? Because it’s always nice to know what you’re up against when it comes to tackling unfamiliar marks on your carpet and couch cushions.
The “some sort of coloured beverage” stain
We’re guessing juice. Maybe cordial. Whatever it is, it sure is colourful! And obvious!
Blot the majority of the moisture before misting the area with a mix of white vinegar, dishwashing liquid and water. Let it soak for about ten minutes before blotting again.
The “God, I hope it’s just chocolate” stain
You can do the sniff test. Or the finger taste test. Or you can just leave it a mystery and reach for the cleaning solution.
The best thing for removing chocolate (if it is, indeed, chocolate) is dishwashing liquid with warm water. Apply using a cloth, let it sit for five minutes and then blot it dry.
The “Nope. Not chocolate” stain
Sh*t happens. Sometimes all over your carpets.
Add a bit of laundry detergent to warm water and apply to the area. And triple check that your child isn’t still running around without a nappy.
The “who let the dog in?” stain
Have kids. Expect doors to stay open. Have pets. Expect them to sneak into your house. And possibly leave you a puddly present in the middle of your bedroom.
Clean the wee by blotting at it and adding a mixture of dishwashing liquid, cold water and vinegar to the area. Use a sponge to clean the area before blotting it dry.
The “mummy I need a bandaid” stain
Cue the waterworks. And the kiss to make it better. Oh, and the blood stain. After cleaning up your little one, clean up the blood before it becomes a permanent fixture in your living room (and a permanent reminder of that one time you didn’t watch your child and he smacked his head on the coffee table).
Use a mixture of cold water and dishwashing liquid to mist on the stain. Let it sit and blot.
The “seriously who invented craft time?” stain
Melted crayons, glued on glitter, dried up play dough, felt marker and paint. Yes, craft time is always fun. For about five minutes. Cleaning up after craft time takes a little longer, especially if your child set up his artwork station inside.
To get rid of crafty-stains, try bicarb soda on a wet sponge or warm water mixed with vinegar.
The “this is why we don’t jump on mummy in the morning” stain
Because mummy spills her coffee. And spilled coffee is worth crying over, especially when it’s your first cup of the day. And when it’s all over your white carpets.
After blotting the stain, spray it with water and repeat until the mark is gone. Or reach for a carpet cleaning machine. And another cup of coffee.
The “this is also why we don’t jump on mummy after dinner” stain
What’s worse than coffee on your carpets? Red wine all over your couch.
Again, you’re going to need to blot the stain then add cold water to it. Blot some more and make a paste of bicarb soda and cold water to add to the area.
Of course, you don’t have to juggle a zillion bottles and boxes if you orefer not to. Make it easy on yourself and reach for a single bottle – Britex Spot n Stain, that’s formulated to target any nasty your family can throw at it. There’s also Britex Urine Remover that tackles the kiddy trifecta of grossness – that’s vomit, wee and blood – without any scrubbing required.
Remove stains and keep your home healthy
The thing about most stains is that sometimes they don’t come out, even if you blot them, spray them, pour half a box of bicarb soda on them. You will need to vacuum them too. And sometimes even a vacuum won’t do.
All of our carpets, cushions and other fabrics in the house need a good clean, whether to remove stains or simply remove the dirt, dander and dust that accumulates over time. And this is exactly what Britex Carpet Cleaning Machine can offer.
Using the power of hot water extraction, the Britex Carpet Cleaning Machine reaches deep into your carpet fibres and fabric furnishings. The powerful cleaning system easily extracts dirt, grime, dust and allergens from your home.
Mum Central is looking for THREE families to try the Britex Cleaning Machine FREE!
Simply complete the entry form in full below, tell us what you love about the Britex Carpet Cleaning Machine and why you need one and then upload a photo of your dirty carpet.
The selected families will receive a 24 hour machine hire voucher, plus a one-litre bottle of Britex Carpet Cleaner and Defoamer, which they can pick up from Coles, Woolworths or Bunnings stores nationally. Give the machine a whirl, tell us what you think and enjoy a cleaner, healthier, stain-free home, just in time for summer.