How to clean polypropylene carpet

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How to clean polypropylene carpet
Spruce up your polypropylene carpet. (gunnar3000/iStock/Getty Images)

Polypropylene carpet is a thin, hard-wearing carpet perfect for heavy traffic areas, as well as homes with pets or small children. The carpet has very short fibres, allowing spills and accidents to be cleaned up with ease, as they don't penetrate deep into hard-to-reach areas that would be problematic with longer carpet fibres. The thin texture prevents worn patches from developing on the carpet from heavy foot traffic, making this a popular option in many businesses and offices as well.

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Things you need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Water
  • Washing-up liquid
  • Cloth

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  1. 1

    Sweep the carpet with a vacuum cleaner at least once a week, or as needed depending on the amount of foot traffic on the carpet.

  2. 2

    Pour 250 ml (1 cup) of warm water into a bowl, along with 5 ml (1 tsp) of washng-up liquid. This mild detergent will clean stains and cut through dirt residue without damaging carpet fibre or fading carpet colour.

  3. 3

    Dip a cloth in the soapy water, then scrub gently over the stained area. Repeat until the stain has been removed entirely.

  4. 4

    Allow the carpet to air dry. Keep people off the carpet until it is completely dry.

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