Spots and stains on carpet are inevitable at some point. No matter how careful you are or how strict you apply the laws of the household, something, whether it is food, beverages, chemicals, or other agents, will besmirch your carpet. When the stains and spots accrue, the carpet not only looks a mess, but the condition falls, and the lifespan shortens. By removing the stains and spots, you protect your investment. With that in mind, we at Green Co Carpet Cleaning would like to share some tips and advice on the basics when it comes to removing the stains and spots from your carpet.
Carpet Cleaning & Stain Removal Tips
1) Immediately treat stains on carpet. The longer the offending stain causing factor has the opportunity to stand, the more it will set into the carpet and the more challenging it will be to remove. Immediately after an accident, treat the would-be causing stains appropriately to avoid penetrating stains.
2) Don’t scrub stains, blot liquid from carpet. Remember this valuable guideline when removing stains and spots “blot out the spot”. Despite the instinct and possible emotional driven urge to vigorously rub and scrub, it is important you resist the temptation. The stain will just get pushed down deeper and spread out wider into the fibers. Instead, use controlled blotting techniques to lift the stains out.
3) Avoid dyes and prints when cleaning carpet spills. The paper towels with frilly prints or words of encouragement or the colored rags, cloths, or towels you use can inadvertently transfer these prints and dyes onto the carpet while you are trying to remove the original blemish. Stick to using the white and plain implements to aid you in removing the offending spots.
4) Do not use hot water to treat carpet stains. Using hot water to process stains, in most cases, will cause the stain to set, resulting in a permanent mark. Utilize cool water or lukewarm water as the occasion calls for in order to effectively dissolve the stains.
5) Always perform a patch test. Even if you used your favorite cleaner or homemade formula before, never skip the patch test. Perform your patch test in an inconspicuous area to ensure the safety of its application in your carpet. Chemical and natural compounds can impact the various types of carpet fibers or discolor the carpet’s dye.
6) Control the saturation. More isn’t always better. When it comes to liquids and your carpet over saturation can produce mold under your carpet as well as other water related damage. Never use too much liquid when treating stains and if you have repeated attempts for stubborn stains, always blot out as much as the moisture as possible in between applications.
7) Always dry carpet after treating stains. Following the completion of the stain removal, make sure the area is thoroughly dry. Start by using dry towels to absorb the majority of the moisture. If applicable, flip on ceiling fans and floor fans, as well as open windows to aid in expediting the drying process. If the area is still fairly damp before going to bed for the night, place a towel on the areas with heavy weights on top to absorb the remaining moisture.
8) Vacuum carpet. Vacuuming is an equally important step in the process after the area has fully dried that many people skip. The vacuuming will ensure any lingering residues are sucked away and relax the fibers.