There is no magic spray or dust for carpet stain removal, but here are some tips to keep soiled areas from becoming permanent scars to your home living areas or bedrooms. Carpet odor removal can also become problematic if not caught early, so put these tips from Above & Beyond Carpet Cleaning into action sooner than later.
1. Act Quickly
The fibers of your carpet are similar to clothing. Your first reaction to receiving a stain on clothing is to get it off now. Blot up the area with paper towels or a clean rag as quickly as possible. The longer a stain is allowed to work its way into the carpet, the harder it is to remove.
2. Investigate the Source
Examine the stain for origin. If it appears to be a water-soluble stain caused by one of the following, grab a paper towel or clean light cloth.
3. Blot Carefully
Our first reaction to a stain is to scrub, scrub, scrub. However, this can cause more harm than good in carpet stain removal. Resisting the urge to rub the area is key, so make sure you use a blotting technique. Rubbing will merely transfer the blotted matter back onto the rug. If the stain feels oily to the touch, you are dealing with a soluble matter that will not react to water. Heat is the best source of removal. Place a thin towel over the area and use an iron, set on low heat, to attract the oil.
4. Remove Carpet Odors
Pet odors in carpeting can make an entire room smell bad. Vinegar is a great neutralizer for removing odors and will also keep pets from designating this spot for future use. Mix one part white vinegar with one part water and place in a spray bottle. Saturate the area well so that the vinegar solution reaches the lowest fibers. Wait at least 10 minutes then blot up with a paper towel. Once the area is dry, sprinkle with baking soda and wait 15 minutes. Vacuum well.
Nothing can replace a professional carpet cleaning company with specialized steam cleaning equipment to handle any size job. But, in an active home, carpet cleaning whenever a spot is found, is not feasible, so we prepare these articles keeping your home and your budget in mind for trying the home remedies first, before making a call to our company.
Get on a regular schedule with our carpet cleaning company and through the combined efforts, your carpets will retain a like-new appearance and scent.