Carpets are a completing accessory to many rooms in homes and businesses. When it comes to maintenance, some are more diligent than others in preserving the vibrancy, cleanliness, and overall care to expand the lifespan and the aesthetic appeal. When it comes to stains, there are many things homeowners do that can make that stain worse. Some stubborn stains and chemical spots often require an expert’s touch to repair or remove the stains, but there are some stains, that if properly treated, you can remove yourself. Today Carpet Care 2000 would like to take the opportunity to share the “don’ts” of carpet stain removal.
Carpet Stain Removal Don’ts
– Before you begin treating any stain, it is important to know what the fibers are constructed of before you begin stain removal. Some fibers react negatively with chemicals or even natural household ingredients. If you are not sure, it is more optimal to invest in a professional cleaning to avoid undo damage.
– Do not skip the patch test. Many people forego the patch test and live to regret it. The test patch should be conducted in an inconspicuous location to ensure the commercial pre-made carpet cleaner or natural remedy concoction will not compromise the integrity or color of your carpet.
– Do not let the stain fester. In a fast paced lifestyle tending to carpet stains may seem impossible to contend with at the time it occurred. But do note, the longer the stain is allowed to set, the harder it will be to remove, if at all.
– Avoid dyed cloths, towels, and paper towels to clean stains. The cute floral prints often adorning paper towels or the pretty dyed cloths and/or towels can easily transfer dyes or the print onto the carpet when using them to remove stains. Whenever possible, utilize white and plain paper towels, cloths, and towels.
– Do NOT use hot water to treat stains. Some stains may require lukewarm water or cool water which is acceptable. Hot water can easily cause dyes to set in the carpet making removal near impossible.
– Never scrub, scour, or rub stains out. Instincts and temper tantrums often invoke a vigorous treatment of removing stains. Resist the urge, doing the “I’m mad at the world” washing will only spread the stain out and deeper, making the stain far more difficult to remove. Instead, blot the stain, working the outer perimeter towards the center for optimal stain removal.
– Do not over saturate. The old adage “more is better” is not the case when dealing with liquid on carpet. If excessive cleaner is needed it is recommended to practice the “wash, rinse, blot dry, repeat” method. Water damage can occur under the carpet, infect the carpet pad, and even the subfloor, producing mold and other water related damages. Keep the liquids contained as you clear away stains.
– Don’t skip the drying process. Towels weighted down can absorb much of the excessive liquid. Placing a fan or opening a window to encourage the carpet to dry is important after the stain has been lifted.
– Do not skip the vacuum step at the end. Though the stain is removed, the carpet fibers were just abused to an extent. To ensure the carpet fibers bounce back, vacuum the areas and in so doing any dry remnants are sucked away.
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Carpet Care 2000 hopes this was a help for you when tending to the stains blemishing your carpet. For difficult and stubborn stains, trust in the professionals to assist you. Call us today to get started!