If you’re someone who happens to have children, pets or even just enjoys a cup of coffee or glass of wine a few times a week, there’s a really good chance that there will come a time (if not several occasions) when you will notice some stains on your carpet. And while, depending on the stain, it can pose a bit of a challenge to try and get it out, the great news is that there are some failsafe things that you can do in order to get your carpet looking as good as new again.
In order to help your carpet to last for many years to come, we have provided you a list of some of the do’s and don’ts that are directly related to removing stains from your carpet below:
DO blot dry with an old white towel. Whether it’s coffee, Kool-Aid or pet stains, the first thing that you should do is blot dry the liquid with an old white towel. The reason why it’s important to “blot” rather than “rub” is because if you apply too much pressure, it could actually cause the spill to go deeper into the carpet fibers.
DON’T automatically go for commercialized products. Although there are a lot of commercialized carpet cleaning products on the market, there are also really effective household ones too. Some of them include vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and even dishwashing detergent so make sure to go to your favorite search engine and put “homemade carpet cleaning recipes” in the search field.
DO pay close attention to the kind of stain that you have. Sometimes, when we spill something or our child or pet tracks mud onto the carpet, we go into a panic and reach for the closest thing to us to get up the spill or the dirt. But remember that carpet is made of fiber and so in order to get it really clean, you need to pay attention the kind of stain that you have so that you’ll know what product to use. (You can find out what to clean the carpet with by going to your favorite search engine and putting the kind of carpet stain along with “cleaning solution” in the search field).
DON’T use ammonia on coffee or tea. Aside from the fact that ammonia tends to have a lot of fumes, another reason why it’s not the best thing to use on coffee or tea stains is that more times than not, it only makes the stain worse.
DO all the cleaning solutions to “sit” on the carpet. Once you have blotted the carpet (perhaps with a cleaning cloth from U.S. Wiping) and applied the cleaning product to the stain, it’s important that you give it enough time to saturate the carpet; typically, 15-30 minutes is ideal before you decide to wipe it up.
DON’T do a professional’s job. Although there are many spills that you can get up on your own, there are also some that we recommend that you leave up to the professionals to handle. Those kinds of stains include ink, oil, paint and hazardous chemicals because in those instances, oftentimes there are special products and tools that are required. In order to find a professional carpet cleaning service within your area, go to Google, Bing or Yahoo and put “carpet cleaning companies” along with your city and state in the search field.
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