While many people think that potential carpet stains are a reason to avoid carpeting in your home, with today’s technologies, most stains can be easily removed. Whether you have pets, children or love to host a party, accidents on the carpet are bound to happen.
It’s important to have regular professional deep cleaning and maintenance of your home’s carpets, but you don’t need to call in a professional carpet cleaning team for every spill or stain. Here you’ll find what you need to know about spot cleaning your carpet from the professionals.
#1 Don’t wait, clean stains immediately
If your friend happens to be an exaggerated hand talker, and in the midst of an exciting story, your carpet ends up taking the contents of your guests’ plates, coffee, soda and wine glasses. There’s no time to wait in hearing whether or not they’ve saved their friend from the clutches of danger; it’s time take action and save your carpet before any stain has the possibility to set in.
The less time liquids and foods (or anything else that’s not supposed to be on your carpet) spend on your carpet before cleaning, the better. In fact, if you get to the stain immediately, there’s a 99% chance you can remove it. But if you wait, a stain will have time to react chemically with the carpeting, and it becomes much more difficult (but not impossible) to remove.
#2 Blot stains, don’t rub or scrub them
Whether it’s grape juice spilled over from your little darling, food dropped on the floor or a little present left from your family pet, the cardinal rule when it comes to removing and preventing stains on your carpet is to blot. That is, the most important thing is NOT to rub or scrub the stain, as this will damage carpet fibers and let the stain soak further into the carpet.
Blotting puts a small amount of pressure on the stain to soak it up. To blot, use a dry, white absorbent cloth or plain white paper towels. Press down and repeat using dry towels until all the liquid has been absorbed. Again, avoid scrub brushes as the bristles will cause damage to your carpet. And finally, always blot from the outside of the stain inwards. Blotting outwards can actually spread the stain, making it bigger.
You can mix your own spot cleaning solution by diluting a few drops of clear (not creamy) hand dishwashing soap in water. Again, use the blotting technique to remove the stain. And utilize a soapy water, clean water rotation until the stain is gone.
#3 Other spot cleaning methods for tough stains
There are other concoctions for spot cleaning that works to get out stains. You’ve likely heard of them, but might be worried about trying to make them right or for which type of stain you should use which solution for. Let’s us try to set the record straight for you here.
White vinegar spot cleaning solution: You can use a variety of vinegar cleaning methods to help clean your carpets and rugs, but for spot cleaning, you’ll need a spray bottle. Combine 1/4 cup (.05 l) vinegar and 1/4 cup (.05 l) water in a clean spray bottle. Then spray the spot cleaning solution on the stain and use the blot technique described above. Reapply the vinegar solution and blot the stain until it is no longer visible.
Baking soda spot cleaning solution: Another great product to have on hand in your cupboards for cooking and cleaning is baking soda. It works best on any bodily fluids that happen to get onto your carpet, including urine and vomit. It will effectively clean, sanitize and deodorize the messy spot. First, blot and remove what you can and then pour baking soda over the area and pat with paper towel. Let the mixture of baking soda and fluid dry completely before vacuuming up the residue.
Club soda and salt spot cleaning solution: Another great choice before moving onto any chemical products. The club soda and salt concoction do a great job at getting out red wine, coffee, and juices (i.e. the stains that make you panic most when you have white or light carpets). First, use the blot technique to soak up excess liquid. Then sprinkle the stain with salt and pour club soda over the affected area. Leave the soda and salt on the stained area for several hours or overnight. Finally, re-blot the area to soak up excess water and vacuum to remove the salt. This technique works best to remove fresh stains, so try to apply salt and soda as quickly as possible.
If you have commercial spot cleaning products, it’s extremely important to test these products in an inconspicuous area of your carpet to rule out any unwanted reactions, such as discoloration.
Even if you don’t have any accidents on your carpet (you are amazing by the way!), you should always have your carpet thoroughly cleaned every 12 to 18 months. Duggins Services provides professional carpet cleaning services to Pensacola and the surrounding areas. Our carpet cleaners safely and effectively steam clean even the most special carpet types, and are skilled in carpet repair and stretching.