Life doesn’t go easy on carpet. Spills and stains are destined to find their way to your carpet, and often times, at the worst possible moment. Like say, a week after you’ve had a professional carpet cleaning, or right before a dinner party. Yep, it’s a sad reality, but sometimes there’s just no time to call Drycon of Middle Tennessee for a professional carpet cleaning.
Fortunately, if you maintain your carpet with regular vacuuming and professional carpet cleaning, you can likely handle an emergency spot cleaning. Check out the following tips for cleaning spots and stains.
1- TREAT STAINS IMMEDIATELY – The longer a substance is on the carpet, the better chance it has of becoming a permanent stain. The clock is ticking!
2- USE A WHITE CLOTH/RAG – The last thing we want is to add to the stain, by color-transfer from a colored cloth. A white wash cloth or shop towel will work.
3- DAB AND BLOT. AVOID SCRUBBING. – Scrubbing a stain can easily drive the substance deeper into the carpet fiber and can spread the stain. Using your clean, white cloth, and working from the outside of the stain towards the center, blot or dab the area to remove as much of the substance as possible before using any type of carpet cleaner.
4- SPOT TEST ANY CLEANING PRODUCTS YOU USE – Most store bought carpet cleaners are perfectly color-safe, but better safe than sorry. Test your product in a small, out of the way area to make sure it doesn’t cause any discoloration of your carpet.
5- ONLY USE ONE TYPE OF STAIN REMOVER AT A TIME – Most of our carpet cleaning customers have some type of store bought carpet cleaners in their home. For a list of homemade carpet cleaners, check out Real Simple’s guide here. Most all carpet cleaners can be effective, but sometimes they don’t play nicely together. Be sure to rinse the area thoroughly before using a different carpet cleaning solution.
6- RINSE THOROUGHLY – After cleaning spots and stains with your carpet cleaner, be sure to rinse the area with water and dab dry with a clean, white rag. Not doing so will leave behind a residue and potentially a new stain.
7- BOOK A PROFESSIONAL CARPET CLEANING – Regular carpet cleaning by Drycon of Middle Tennessee will not only take care of spots and stains, but also help you get the most life out of your carpet.