Your carpet and floors are the backbone of your house. Keeping the carpet can be difficult at times, especially with children, family and pets. Here are some tricks of the trade to help keep your carpet looking great in between cleanings!
The longer a stain reacts chemically with the carpeting, the harder it will be to remove. The faster you can get to the stain the greater the chance of removing the stain. We recommend using a wet vac or “shop vac” and try and vacuum up as much as possible.
Try Using Water
Did you know that plain tap water can be used to remove 80% of stains? The best way to remove a stain is to press a clean, dry, white cloth over the stain. This will absorb the spill. Repeat until the spill is absorbed. Then use a damp white towel to gently work water into the stain and blot until the stain is gone. Change cloths when necessary. It might be easier to use the wet vac to extract the water and stain. Use a spot resolver when needed for a particularly stubborn spot.
Don’t Scoop or Dig at Food Spills
Scooping or digging at food spills can work the stain into the carpet. If there are solids on top of the stain, use a spoon or dull knife to carefully scrape the food toward the middle of the spill and into a white towel and then treat the stain appropriately.
Use a shop vacuum on wet spills. Vacuum until no more liquid can be removed. Treat the stain appropriately after vacuuming.
Blot— Don’t scrub or Rub at Stains
Rubbing a stain will damage the carpet fiber and create a fuzzy area. Always blot from the outer edge toward the center of the stain to avoid spreading the spot and creating a larger problem. The idea is to try and remove as much liquid from the stain as possible.
Work water gently into the spill and then blot with a dry cloth or use the wet vac to extract the water. Repeat until the stain is gone and all the water has been absorbed. If you’re patient, you’ll almost always be able to remove the stain.
Tough Stain? Try Vinegar or Club Soda
If water alone doesn’t remove a stain, try a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water or club soda before trying a stronger cleaning product. We would recommend being aware of the type of products you are using as some products will set the stain and make removing it impossible.
Test Commercial Products First
Some products can cause carpet to get dirtier faster or damage the carpet’s fibers. Test carpet cleaning products on an inconspicuous area before using.
To prevent future staining, we recommend applying carpet protector after your 12-18 month carpet cleaning. The carpet protector will act as a barrier to keep stains and dirt from attaching to your carpet and makes clean up a breeze.
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