carpet stains

DIY Spot and Stain Carpet Cleaning Tips

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. 

Two Ways to Prolong the Life of Your Carpet

New carpet is expensive, so naturally we are all looking for ways to prolong carpet life in our homes. Fortunately, doing so isn’t complicated, but it does require a couple of things…

Vacuum Frequently! (…no really, vacuum a lot ;)  

I know, no one enjoys vacuuming, BUT it is the most important single thing a homeowner can do to prolong the life and beauty of their carpet. Vacuuming your carpet removes dry soil particulates that work itself deep into your carpet. This is abrasive and damaging to the fibers of your carpet. This wear and tear causes traffic patterns to develop and can result in carpet that looks dull and worn. Removing this soil through frequent vacuuming protects your carpet fibers from this abrasion and keeps your carpet from wearing down, keeping it looking new. Vacuuming also keeps soil and dust particulates from adhering to any sticky residue that may be in the carpet fiber.

***We get asked all the time for our professional opinion on vacuum cleaners, and our answer is always the same: The best vacuum cleaner is the one you don’t mind getting out of the closet and using! Don’t be too worried about finding the perfect model with all sorts of attachments. They’re useful, but not as useful as simply vacuuming your carpet regularly.

Regularly Schedule a Professional Carpet Cleaning

No matter how much we vacuum, spots and stains are going to happen. For this reason, we recommend scheduling Drycon Carpet Cleaning every 6-12 months, depending on your home’s traffic and wear. Our deep-scrub, dry bonnet method will lift dirt, dust, hair, etc. from deep in the carpet fiber, and will leave your carpets free of residue and almost completely dry. Once we finish with our grooming process, the carpet pile will be lifted and will be ready to serve your family for many months.  

5 Tips to Protect Your Carpet

5 Tips to Protect Your Carpet

Keeping your carpet clean and free from unsightly spots can be difficult, especially with children and pets. If your carpet does need a professional cleaning, Drycon Carpet Cleaning is here to help. We service Murfreesboro, Mt. Juliet, Hermitage, and the greater Middle Tennessee Area. Click through for five tips to help your carpet stay clean and fresh.