Glasgow surgical cleaning unit forced to close was riddled with mould and bacteria | Evening Times

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said issues with the fabric of the building were responsible for the closure, which lasted almost two weeks, but did not give any further details.

However, information obtained by the Evening Times using Freedom of Information laws, has revealed inspectors uncovered a ‘significant issue’ with bacterial and mould contamination in the cleanroom – the area where instruments are despatched to hospitals.

Inspectors from independent assessors at Lloyd’s Register Business Assurance were also critical that environmental checks scheduled to take place in October, had not been carried out and no results were available for a tests on November 8, leaving inspectors unclear if they had been carried out.

The inspectors said: “There was a significant issue relating to bacterial and mould contamination in the cleanroom.

“The October scheduled environmental monitoring was not performed as scheduled and was stated to have been performed 08.11.2018 – no results were available for review.

“Although a deep clean was performed, mould continues to be an issue.”

Professor Hugh Pennington, a leading bacteriologist, said the issue had put instruments at risk of contamination.

He said: “Clean rooms should be impeccably clean, that goes without saying.

“I assume that the clean room is at the end of the process of instrument preparation.

“The environmental problems therefore carry a theoretical risk that outgoing instruments could be contaminated. I also regard the non-performance of scheduled environmental monitoring as an important issue as was poor record keeping.”

Inspectors said the building was in a ‘poor state of repair’ with paint and plaster flaking from the ceilings in the washroom and the cleanroom.

The unit, was cleared for safety on November 22 and production recommenced four days later. However, not before more than 1000 operations were cancelled, including some ‘urgent’ cancer operations, hip or knee replacements and all scheduled tonsillectomies.

Some work was transferred to another unit in Inverclyde. However, one whistleblower claimed the board was forced to spend £140,000 sending dirty equipment to a private contractor in Manchester to cope with the problem.

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said all appropriate steps would be being taken to ensure the closure did not happen again.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said ‘the majority’ of patients who had operations postponed had been given alternative dates and the remainder would be re-booked over the next two weeks.

A spokeswoman for NHSGGC said: “Cowlairs is back in full operation after some issues raised by inspectors were fully addressed.

“The vast majority of patients who had to have procedures postponed have now been re-booked with early appointments and the few remaining will be re-booked within the next two weeks.”

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Glasgow surgical cleaning unit forced to close ‘riddled with mould and bacteria’ | Evening Times

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said issues with the fabric of the building were responsible for the closure, which lasted almost two weeks, but did not give any further details.

However, information obtained by the Evening Times using Freedom of Information laws, has revealed inspectors uncovered a ‘significant issue’ with bacterial and mould contamination in the cleanroom – the area where instruments are despatched to hospitals.

Inspectors from independent assessors at Lloyd’s Register Business Assurance were also critical that environmental checks scheduled to take place in October, had not been carried out and no results were available for a tests on November 8, leaving inspectors unclear if they had been carried out.

The inspectors said: “There was a significant issue relating to bacterial and mould contamination in the cleanroom.

“The October scheduled environmental monitoring was not performed as scheduled and was stated to have been performed 08.11.2018 – no results were available for review.

“Although a deep clean was performed, mould continues to be an issue.”

Professor Hugh Pennington, a leading bacteriologist, said the issue had put instruments at risk of contamination.

He said: “Clean rooms should be impeccably clean, that goes without saying.

“I assume that the clean room is at the end of the process of instrument preparation.

“The environmental problems therefore carry a theoretical risk that outgoing instruments could be contaminated. I also regard the non-performance of scheduled environmental monitoring as an important issue as was poor record keeping.”

Inspectors said the building was in a ‘poor state of repair’ with paint and plaster flaking from the ceilings in the washroom and the cleanroom.

The unit, was cleared for safety on November 22 and production recommenced four days later. However, not before more than 1000 operations were cancelled, including some ‘urgent’ cancer operations, hip or knee replacements and all scheduled tonsillectomies.

Some work was transferred to another unit in Inverclyde. However, one whistleblower claimed the board was forced to spend £140,000 sending dirty equipment to a private contractor in Manchester to cope with the problem.

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said all appropriate steps would be being taken to ensure the closure did not happen again.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said ‘the majority’ of patients who had operations postponed had been given alternative dates and the remainder would be re-booked over the next two weeks.

A spokeswoman for NHSGGC said: “Cowlairs is back in full operation after some issues raised by inspectors were fully addressed.

“The vast majority of patients who had to have procedures postponed have now been re-booked with early appointments and the few remaining will be re-booked within the next two weeks.”

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Novichok attack: Skripal house to be declared safe after 13,000 hours of cleaning | UK News | Sky News

Britain is set to signal the end of an unprecedented operation to clean up a trail of nerve agent that was left by an attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter almost a year ago.

The government is expected to announce the handover of Sergei Skripal’s house in Salisbury – which was the epicentre of the novichok poisoning – to Wiltshire Council.

This would be the last of 12 sites across Salisbury and the surrounding area to be declared safe.

It can also be revealed that the armed forces are creating a new regiment specialised in tackling the threat posed by chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons in a rebuilding of a capability that had been allowed to wither because of cost cuts.

The expansion was in part prompted by the 4 March novichok attack, which Britain has accused Russia’s military intelligence agency of carrying out.

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were attacked with novichok and found slumped on a bench in Salisbury in March

Lieutenant General Ty Urch, the officer in charge of military operations in the UK, including the armed forces element of the response to the Skripal poisoning, said: “This has been a forcing function.”

He praised the work of soldiers, sailors and airmen who played a part in the decontamination effort, codenamed Operation Morlop, along with other government agencies.

Commander of Home Command said: “Novichok is probably one of the most complicated and dangerous agents in existence.

“So the courage that it has taken our young men and women in the armed forces to go back across that line (into contaminated areas) time and time again I think is phenomenal.”

Skripal house

Mr Skripal’s house on Christie Miller Road was the hardest to clean up, taking some three to four months.

Two suspected Russian intelligence officers are accused of spraying the front door handle with novichok, infecting Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

A decontamination team conducted a search of the entire house to identify all other possible traces of the agent.

But the ease at which objects can be cross-contaminated meant the search could have helped transfer traces of poison around the building.

Ultimately the roof had to be removed and taken away, though the rest of the structure is still standing, surrounded by white tarpaulin.

The deadly risk of exposure to even the tiniest speck of novichok meant the specialist personnel had to wear protective gear as well as dry suits and respirators.

Each time they entered what the military call the “hot zone” – an area of contamination – they had to go through stringent checks.

The layers of protection made working in the height of summer last year particularly tough.

In total, the military carried out some 13,000 hours of work in the protective clothing, taking part in 250 bespoke decontamination missions.

They collected around 5,000 samples – ranging from ambulances and cars to chairs and pieces of plaster – to be taken away for testing by scientists at the specialist government laboratory at nearby Porton Down.

Many of the items were then destroyed.

The bench where the Skripals were found was covered with a protective tent after the poisonings

Lieutenant General Urch said: “The Home Office, the Ministry of Defence and Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) hopefully will announce that the decontamination work that has been going on for the last 355 days in Salisbury and Amesbury should come to a conclusion leaving the 12 complicated sites safe.

“It is going to be a huge relief for an awful lot of people, not least of which the good citizens of Salisbury and Amesbury.

“We have lots of military people living in those cities so that will be a huge relief for them.”

The military were involved in decontamination efforts after the Salisbury and Amesbury poisonings

The decontamination mission was unprecedented for the military in terms of its length, with the commander saying this was the longest time in living memory for the armed forces to be deployed on an operation on the UK mainland in support of the government.

Nine of the sites that needed decontaminating were affected following the 4 March attack on the Skripals.

They included the Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, where the father and daughter were found collapsed on a bench, and a pub and restaurant they had visited.

The other three sites, all in Amesbury, became infected in a second, related incident when almost three months later Dawn Sturgess, a local woman, and her partner found the perfume bottle suspected of being used by the would-be assassins.

They were exposed to the poison and Ms Sturgess later died – the only person to be killed.

Dawn Sturgess

A further three or four locations where there were concerns of exposure to novichok also had to be painstakingly checked – though they turned out to be clear.

While the government is expected to announce the last of the 12 main sites as safe, it will not be possible for officials to give a guarantee that there are no other yet-to-be-discovered traces of novichok elsewhere.

However, the imminent end of Operation Morlop will be seen as a significant moment.

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The #TrashTag Challenge Is Making Cleaning Up The Planet Go Viral – Pretty 52

The ‘Birdbox Challenge’, the ‘Kiki challenge’, ‘neknominate’ – a lot of social-media challenges are stupid and others are downright dangerous. It’s time we had a few positive hashtags trending: enter #trashtag.

#trashtag seems to be trending. This one’s from Nepal :flag_np: pic.twitter.com/stAxbQXhup

– Kelllvvviiinnn (@kelllvvviiinnn)

No it’s not a back tattoo people see when you bend over, but the ‘Trash Challenge’ or #trashtag is encouraging people across the globe to clear up beaches, parks and litter-strewn streets before calling on others to do the same in their own communities.

#trashtag #TrashChallenge
Picking up around Clifton with UCMC! pic.twitter.com/IjTVSzk7BN

– Fred Schroeder (@fred_schroeder)

The idea of #trashtag has been around for years but over the weekend that it started to pick up momentum again with people posting before and after pictures to social media. Because: everything we do is for the ‘gram, right (insert crying emoji).

Here’s from Nagaland, India. Students from #tetsocollege with the #trashtag movement!#ChallengeAccepted #TrashChallenge #trashtag challenge pic.twitter.com/ZFxC1g6ctN

– Shon Kapai (@KapaiShon)

The movement calls on ‘bored teens’ to get involved and, as word is spreading, so is #trashtag.

Decided to pick up trash for my birthday and filled up 4 bags #20 #trashtag pic.twitter.com/EHl12o6aT5

– City Dave (@daavidcabrera_)

And the cleanup transformations have been pretty dramatic with some explaining why the movement is so crucial (aside from likes and follows).

Usually I’m against doing good deeds just to post it online but in the case of #trashtag i am 100% for it, if that’s what it takes.
Good people are good. pic.twitter.com/VGqkDEhFuE

– Megan (@bacon_N_megs)

Taking to Instagram, Cody Hanson explained: “It’s the only outdoors we have. We all use it for many different things but it is the only one we have. So let’s all do our part and treat it with respect.

A post shared by Adam Mack (@a.mack10) on

“Let’s pick up after ourselves and then pick up extra. It only takes a few minutes of your time to pick up something that’ll far outlast us humans if left alone.”

Featured Image Credit: Reddit/EMC2_trooper

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Pushchair cleaning ideas

How to Clean a Pushchair

With the warmer weather gradually getting nearer it’s nice to have a spruce up of the things we use on a regular basis, such as your pushchair. Keeping these clean can seem like a mammoth task, however, with these simple instructions your mud splattered, food stained, sticky pushchair can look and feel show room worthy again.

Instructions

Use a vacuum cleaner with a flexible nozzle to suck up all the loose dirt and crumbs. This will help get in all the small gaps and hard to reach places, don’t forget any pockets and storage areas.

  1. If any of the fabric parts are removable, take these off and wash them on a gentle cycle.
  2. Use a towel and a gentle child-safe soap with warm water to wash the pushchair. Focusing on any stains, a small fabric brush or a tooth brush can help with any ground in stains. Remember to clean the handles.
  3. Rinse the pushchair with the hose pipe or a bucket of clean water. Make sure you wash away all the soap. Pay close attention to the wheels and give them an extra blast with the hose pipe on a jet setting if required.
  4. If any stains remain use a child-safe stain remover and a fabric brush or tooth brush, pushchairs are made of sturdy stuff so don’t be afraid to scrub as required.
  5. Once everything is clean and dry reattach any fabric you removed in step three. To prevent rust and mould, make sure your pushchair is completely dry before you fold it away. Air drying in the sun or at room temperature is best for both the metal frames and fabric.

Once your pushchair is as good as new and ready to use again it really is worth purchasing a seat liner. Whilst it seems obvious, these really do protect your pushchair. They are ideal as they are easily removed and can be put in the washing machine on a gentle cycle, ready for your next outing.

Carpet Cleaning in North London | Professional Carpet Cleaners

Professional Carpet Cleaning in North London

Carpet Cleaners North London

Carpets usually catch all the mess, soil and spilled juices accidentally spilled by each member of the family. It may take a lot of time and serious effort to get rid of those stains thoroughly. You may do the cleaning all by yourself but you need to be careful and cautious with using cleaning solutions and cleaning tools. Cheap cleaning solutions available on the market cannot meet your expectation and desired outcome, and it could worsen the condition of your carpet. Inappropriate cleaning tools like abrasive and nylon brushes might ruin the quality of your carpet.

We are one of the most established carpet cleaning services providers. We are known by the public as the best carpet cleaners due to our excellent and satisfactory delivery of services. We have always maintained our positive track record and continue to progress in the cleaning industry.

We are composed of a team of competent and trust worthy professional carpet cleaners who are always ready to respond to you cleaning needs and requests. They are fast and fully-equipped with high tech and reliable cleaning tools and equipment. The all have the necessary skills to successfully do their designated job. If by any chance an accident should occur, we assure you that they are insured and we will cover the cost of the damages.

If you happen to have specific requests, you can discuss it with us. We provide quality services at a very affordable cleaning prices click here. We guarantee you that our rates are free of hidden charges, since we are fully committed to giving you honest and fair services. We also provide a free, instant quote to give you a guide of how much it would cost to enjoy our rug cleaning services. We also offer discounts to our regular customers.

If you are still in need of assurance about our cleaning services, please visit our web page and you might want to read some customer’s feedback with regards to the quality of our services and the performance of our specialists.

So, if you happen to be interested in using our services, please look through the list below to find out if we offer these services in your areas. We also specialise in upholstery cleaning.

We provide services to commercial and residential homes in North London Postcodes:

N1, N2, N3, N4, N11, N5, N6, N1, N9, N7, N10, N12, N13, N15, N14, N16, N17, N20, N18, N19, N21, N22.

  • Archway Tufnell Park N19
  • East Finchley Fortis Green N2
  • Cockfosters East Barnet EN4
  • Crouch End N8
  • Finsbury Park Manor House N4
  • Stoke Newington Stamford Hill N16
  • Friern Barnet New Southgate N11
  • Woodside Park North Finchley N12
  • Finchley Central N3
  • Barnsbury N1
  • Islington Barnsbury Canonbury N1
  • Lower Edmonton N9
  • Southgate N14
  • Tottenham N17
  • North Finchley Woodside Park N12
  • Holloway Whitehall Park
  • Palmers Green N13
  • Enfield Park EN1 Enfield EN2 EN3
  • Broxbourne EN10
  • Hoddestdon EN11
  • Barnet EN5 EN4
  • Waltham Cross EN7 EN8
  • Waltham Abbey EN9
  • Potters Bar EN6
  • Ponders End EN3
  • Crouch End N8
  • New Barnet
  • Muswell Hill N10
  • Winchmore Hill N21
  • Wood Green Alexandra Palace N22
  • Finchley Woodside Park N12
  • Whetstone Totteridge N20
  • Highbury N5
  • Highgate N6
  • Holloway N7
  • Hornsey
  • Manor House N4
  • Seven Sisters N15
  • Totteridge
  • Upper Edmonton N18

Other than operating here is North London, we also carry out our services in these areas as well:

If you have any queries about our carpet cleaning in North London, you can call us at 020 8884 9149 and we will immediately respond to your call.

How Long Brits Spend Cleaning In A Lifetime – House Cleaning

This is how long Brits spend cleaning their house in a lifetime

Would you spend this many hours per week on household chores?

woman cleaning the windows of her apartment

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The average Brit spends a whopping two years their homes, new research has revealed.

A recent poll found that 47 per cent of people spend more than five hours a week on domestic cleaning tasks.

The survey, commissioned by Harvey Water Softeners in partnership with TalkHealth, revealed that 31.47 per cent of the British public spends 10 hours a week cleaning and nearly one in 10 people spend between 11 and 15 hours a week on household chores.

Almost half (47 per cent) of respondents stated that they only spend one to four hours cleaning.

Cleaning expert, Dean Davies, the senior cleaning department supervisor at Fantastic Services says people spend as much as two years of their lives cleaning their homes to to keep up with professional standards.

‘It takes roughly four to five hours for professionals to perfectly clean a property,’ he said. ‘A two to three-person family would need to spend up to four hours each for cleaning and organising to achieve a sparkling clean and hygienic home.’

Coming from a survey of 2,474 people over the age of 18 who own or rent a home, and conducted by windows furnishings company thomas-sanderson.co.uk, the most commonly replaced items were discovered to be:

  • microwave (42 per cent had replaced because it was dirty)
  • toaster (28 per cent)
  • kettle (13 per cent)

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Spring Eco Friendly House Cleaning Challenge

The vacuum cleaner was gifted by VonHaus but all views are my own

Before spring finally approaches and after the January blues, I find it good to get the house sorted and do a big spring cleaning. Don’t get me wrong, I do not enjoy it as I hate tidying, but it’s a must and has to be done. So we teamed up with VonHaus and invite you for a 14-day-challenge: to help you to get into the habit of doing a little bit of extra every day which will ultimately save you doing a lot at once. Now, I’m not a Marie Kondo worshipper (although, I symphatise with part of her philosophy) – but I do declutter as I go, on a weekly basis, which is a key to keep things under control, since our place is not too big and we never seem to have enough storage. Another thing which I also do almost daily is vacuuming. This is something inevitable, when you have two small children. You just can’t escape. Luckily, I have just received this 2-in-1 Stick Vacuum Cleaner from VonHaus to test  which is very handy for a quick and strategic hoover around. (You can also win one of this – scroll down to the competition!) This is especially handy after dinner, snacking on the sofa and under the craft table. Clean floors make a big difference.

So here’s the challenge:

Day 1: Bins and recycling: sort through all the bins in your house and get your recycling separated. 
Day 2: Wipe down your kitchen units and steam the cooker tops. 
Day 3: Empty and clean out the fridge freezer – don’t forget the kitchen cupboards! 
Day 4: Vacuum Day: Focus on the floors, give all the rooms in your house a good vacuum. 
Day 5: Vacuum Day: Move the furniture and hoover those hard to reach areas of your home. 
Day 6: Clean the windows – inside and out! 
Day 7: Wash the curtains and wipe down the blinds. 
Day 8: Take everything off the sideboards, shelves and get dusting! 
Day 9: Get your bedding, blankets and cushions washed – after all everyone loves fresh bedding! 
Day 10: Wardrobes: Clear out any old clothing, reorganise and wipe down your wardrobes. 
Day 11: Remove wrinkles from clothing, curtains and upholstery. 
Day 12: Wash out your shower, shower screen and/or bath. 
Day 13: Let’s mop: antibacterial your floors and wipe down the tiles. 
Day 14: Finally take a trip to the tip: Declutter your home from unwanted clothes, items or food and take it to the tip, food bank or local charity shop. 

To help you withe the challenge I also have some tips for you how to make your own cleaning products at home. I’ve asked my blogger friends to help me with tips, I’ll be surely adding some of these to my routine. These are not only cheaper but also safer around children and more environmentally friendly than the store bought chemicals.

Air freshener or odour neutraliser:

Fill small ramekins with baking soda and leave them in rooms throughout the home to absorb odours and put out fresh herbs as a natural air freshener! – from Jenny at Chilling With Lucas   

If you put slices of lemon in your fridge it neutralises any bad odours and keeps it smelling fresh. – from Beth at Twinderelmo   

Multi purpose cleaner:

Mixing vinegar with water in a spray bottle. this is the easiest cleaner to make. Re-cycles the spray bottle and the cleaner is chemical free as well. You’d think your house would stink of vinegar, but it doesn’t as the smell clears. – from Emma at All She Loves

Bicarbonate of soda cleans almost anything mixed with a little water.  – from Clare at Wild Mama Wild Tribe

Glass cleaner:

One part white vinegar and four parts water makes an excellent streak free grease busting glass cleaner! – from Emma at Ready Freddy Go

Laundry aid:

Use vinegar in the washing machine instead of fabric conditioner. It works especially well for towels, will get things like dog beds smelling like brand new and much cheaper and eco friendly. – from Amy at Amy Treasure

I use essential oils (for the fragrance) and soap nuts in the washing machine instead of liquid/powders. Zero waste because the soap nuts can be put on the compost once they’ve been used a few times. – from Alice at Living With A Jude

Microwave cleaner:

Half a lemon in a jug of water and microwaved for a few mins gets rid of any nasty pongs and loosens any dirt on the inside of the microwave too so it just needs a wipe. You shouldn’t use chemicals in a microwave as causes rust. – from Fran at Back With A Bump

Dishwasher cleaner:

Clean your dishwasher by placing a container such as a Pyrex bowl containing 2 cups of vinegar on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run through on a hot cycle with no other dishes in the dishwasher to clean and remove any musty smells. – from Leta at Attachment Mummy 

Toilet cleaner:

Sarah at Whimsical Mumblings has a recipe for both a toilet cleaner and toilet bombs on her page, super easy and only contain a few basic ingredients. She also re-cycled empty shampoo bottles for the toilet cleaner! 

Washing up liquid:

Simply mix 3 tbsp liquid Castile soap, 500ml boiled and cooled water, 2 tsp glycerine and 2 tbsp white vinegar plus add a few drops of lemon, orange or lavender essential oil to the mix.

Furniture polish:

Mix 200 ml warm water with lemon essential oil and spray onto a soft cotton cloth. 

Another method is to mix together 60 ml white vinegar, 160 ml olive oil and the juice of half a lemon. 

Mould fighter:

Mix white vinegar and a few drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle and treat the affected area. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, scrub and rinse.

Oven cleaner: 

Mix 60 ml bicarbonate of soda, 1 tsp of salt and a splash of water, your aim is a paste like texture so add as much water as it requires. Scrub the oven and wipe it clean.

Drain cleaner:

Pour down bicarbonate of soda followed by white vinegar to your drain. Wait 10 minutes then pour boiling hot water down the drain.

And now for the giveaway!

For a chance to win a 600W Orange 2 in 1 Stick Vacuum from VonHaus simply enter below:
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Terms and Conditions:

The competition closes at 12:00 AM on Tuesday 12th of February 2019 and the winner will be announced via social media and notified via email.

The giveaway is open to all UK residents aged 18 or over.

There is no maximum amount of times an individual can enter, and each entry will be in with a chance of winning.

ONE person will be picked at random as a winner and the prize provider will send the prize directly to the winner as soon as is reasonably possible. (It is the winner’s responsibility to reply with their full name and address in order to receive their prize).

The winner will have 28 days to respond to their winner’s email.

No cash alternatives are available.

The winner’s name will be posted onto them Captain Bobcat Blog website.

Entrants must read and accept the above Terms & Conditions to be eligible to enter.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or Rafflecopter.

Check out my other giveaways I have a few up and running!

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Top Carpet Cleaning Tips & Tricks | VAX Official Blog

Vacuum cleaning on its own isn’t enough to remove deep down dirt that’s embedded within the carpet pile. Dirt can build up over time to eventually weigh down and flatten carpet fibres if they’re not thoroughly cleaned. Vax Carpet Cleaners remove this build-up of dirt, odours and brighten the overall appearance of carpets.

Even if you are short on time, with Vax’s quick dry technology in the Platinum Power Max, your carpets can be dry in just one hour, leaving your carpets clean, dry and smelling fresh.

The key to easy and efficient carpet cleaning with stunning results is to invest in a good quality carpet washer with deep-cleaning, quick-drying technology. Then, simply follow our top tips to get the very best results…

Deal with spills immediately

To avoid an accidental spill becoming a stain, deal with it straight away. Your carpet cleaner will be able to collect most of the liquid before it soaks in. If your carpet cleaner isn’t immediately at hand, place some sheets of kitchen roll on top of the spill to soak up as much as possible.

Resist the temptation to rub! This will drive the liquid further into carpet.

Always clear the area thoroughly first

Clear the area you want to clean of loose items which would stop your progress, so you can navigate quickly and easily around your home. Vacuuming up any surface debris before you wash your carpets will make the job much easier and will help to prevent your carpet washer from getting clogged.

Use the right solution

Vax Carpet Cleaning solutions are specially-formulated to not produce excessive foam, which can block your cleaner, or leave any sticky residues on your carpet, which can attract more dirt. Our range of solutions are designed to tackle high-traffic areas, be kind to allergy sufferers or remove pet odours.

Vax Platinum is our best performing carpet cleaning solution to deep clean your carpets and remove tough stubborn stains. Including Carpetguard protection to leave your carpets fresher for longer.

If your carpets contain wool, look out for the ‘Woolsafe approved’ logo on the bottle to give extra peace of mind. All Vax Carpet Cleaner solutions are Woolsafe approved and suitable for delicate carpets.

Check a small area first

If you’ve never washed your carpets before or are using a new carpet cleaner or solution, it’s always best to try your carpet cleaner in a small, inconspicuous area first, just to check the unlikely possibility of the colour fastness of the carpet being affected by the solution or the carpet cleaner. Your carpet manufacturer or supplier should be able to help advise on this too.

Pre-treat if possible

For the best results on carpets that are deeply-stained, haven’t been cleaned previously or simply need some extra TLC, try applying a pre-treatment cleaning solution before you begin general carpet cleaning. The Vax Platinum Power Max has a dedicated Pre-treatment wand attachment which, when combined with Vax pre-treatment solution will produce a fine spray to apply to a mark or stain. Leave for 15 minutes and continue with cleaning your carpets as normal.

Remember to check and follow the instructions on the solution bottle as other makes may vary.

Always plan your route

When starting carpet cleaning, begin in the corner furthest away from the door and work back towards the door. That way you won’t be walking on damp carpet!

Clean in overlapping straight lines

For the most thorough clean, use parallel strokes with your carpet cleaner, allowing a small overlap to help prevent streaking. Push your carpet cleaner at about half the speed you would push an upright vacuum. This will give more time for the rotating brushbar in Vax Carpet Cleaners to agitate the carpet fibres, providing deep down cleaning.

Don’t over-soak

If you clean to the point of soaking your carpet, it will take longer to dry but be no cleaner afterwards. To avoid getting your carpet too saturated, use more ‘dry’ strokes (pulling back with the trigger released) than wet strokes, and finish with steady dry strokes, until hardly any water is being sucked up.

Rinse if you can

If you have a carpet cleaner with a ‘rinse mode’ such as the Vax Platinum Power Max or Vax Rapid Power Advance, use this after washing with solution to remove any residue from the carpet, before allowing to dry normally.

Wash stairs and upholstery too

If you want your stairs and upholstery to look just as clean as your carpets, choose a carpet cleaner with a hose and wash tool included. This will give you equally as great results on sofas, upholstered chairs, carpeted stairs and car interiors. All Vax Carpet Cleaners come with a stretch hose and wash tool.

Concentrate on stubborn stains

The most stubborn stains and high-traffic areas, such as doorways, landings and hallways are best tackled using the hose and wash tool, as this gives a more concentrated cleaning effect. Pre-treat these areas if possible and then use the wash tool to scrub and break-down the dirt. Oily stains may require more than a single application of pre-treatment solution, as these are very stubborn amongst carpet fibres.

Leave doors and windows open

To speed up the time it takes your carpets to dry even further, leave doors and windows open during the summer months, or turn on the heating on a low setting in the winter. If you’ve been careful not to over-soak your carpets, they should be dry within the hour.

Regular, routine, clean

Using your carpet cleaner every 6-8 months will not only leave your carpets looking clean and smelling fresh, but it will prolong its life and help to avoid the expensive costs of carpet replacement. Even if you vacuum every day, to keep your carpet looking at its best you still need to wash it regularly. That’s because a surprisingly large amount of dirt gets trapped between the fibres and can’t be sucked away by your regular vacuum cleaner.

Regular washing will prevent this happening, making your carpet look newer for longer and saving you money long-term!