Stains are a constant menacing threat in any size household. You don’t know where or when the next might show up. Spilled wine, a child’s accident, an untrained puppy, there is a whole myriad of potential stains just waiting to mess up the carpet and if you don’t take immediate action to clean it up, removal is going to be that much more difficult. So in the interest of preserving your beautiful carpet, here are some helpful hints to keeping your floor coverings looking their best at all times.
Blot, Don’t Scrub
Any stain, regardless of origin, requires special action to ensure that you remove it completely. Never wipe or scrub the stain as you could run the risk of grounding it into the fibers and allowing excess liquid to penetrate into the pad underneath. Once wetness is absorbed into the carpet pad, you are at risk of developing bigger problems such as mold, mildew, and bacteria and that will result in having to remove the carpet and the pad, which is a large expenditure. So always blot the area, starting from the edges and working your way into the middle of the stain. Once you’ve done that, you should rinse the area with clean water, being sure to blot again thoroughly. Be sure to pick up all the excess water or, well, you know…
Removing Stubborn Stains
It all depends on the type of stain you’re trying to remove, but each one has certain components that are necessary for removal. Here are a few stains you might encounter and how to get rid of them.
Apply nail polish remover to a cloth and blot repeatedly until the stain lifts.
Glue and Related Products
Apply rubbing alcohol to a cloth and press hard to the stain. This should release the glue from the carpet fibers and make it moist enough to remove with a clean cloth or towel.
Soak up the excess moisture with clean paper towels or cloth. Blot the area repeatedly. Then combine one part white vinegar with one part water and apply to the affected area. Next, mix a ½ teaspoon of clear detergent without bleach with 32 ounces of water. Rinse the spot clean and blot to absorb the water.
If the wax is still fresh, freeze it. Then break it apart and pick up or vacuum the pieces. Blot the area to get the remnants that are left.
Cleaning up any stains is a lot easier to accomplish when your carpet is cleaned on a regular basis. That work should be performed at least a once a year by a professional cleaning service or with professional do it yourself equipment such as a steam cleaner that you rent from your local supermarket. If you opt to do the work yourself, be sure you get a unit that is powerful enough to keep the carpet from getting too wet. It should take just 6 to 12 hours for the carpet to dry completely. Otherwise you could cause damage by allowing for too much moisture to soak in. You may want use fans or a dehumidifier to help the carpet dry faster. For those consumers who have a warranty on their carpet, you may need to use specific cleansers that are recommended for proper cleaning. Failing to employ those elements could result in damage to the carpet and your warranty will be voided by the manufacturer.
Professional Carpet Cleaning
Sometimes you need a professional’s touch to take care of the stains and dirt that can get caught up in your carpet’s fibers. Perhaps you don’t want to deal with the solvents, cleansers, and chemicals that are necessary to remove stains. Maybe you’re dealing with stains that are particularly stubborn and need some professional care. Carpet cleaning services from Palmetto Chem-Dry can remove carpet stains that are difficult to eliminate with store-bought cleaning solutions. The materials that are available at your local supermarket or home improvement store are designed to be effective but they can only do so much with certain stains. Some of these cleaners are not formulated for getting those deep stains and ground-in dirt that can come about under high-traffic areas. If you have carpeting that sees a lot of action from feet, shoes, even pets, then you may want to get a professional cleaning to clean up all of the residue and odors that can be left behind.