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An industrial vacuum being used to clean a carpet


It's amazing how much a good clean can refresh your old carpet. We show you how to remove spot stains and give your carpet a proper steam clean. You'll also see the best equipment to use and get a couple of handy tips to help you achieve a better result.


1Vacuum the carpet and treat spot stains

The more loose dirt you can vacuum up at this stage, the easier the rest of the job will be.

Treat any spot stains by spraying a stain remover. Let it soak in for ten minutes then wipe it up with a damp cloth. Work from the outside of the stain towards the middle.

Once you have treated all your spot stains, give the carpet another vacuum.

An industrial vacuum being used to clean a carpet

2Steam clean the carpet

Fill the steam cleaner with a mix of lukewarm water, carpet detergent and anti-foam.

Start in the corner of the room that is furthest from the door. Pull the cleaner across the carpet in straight lines, working towards the door.

Once you've finished, give the carpet a few hours to dry before you put any furniture on it.

An industrial vacuum being used to clean a carpet

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.