Stains in a carpet can ruin the entire look of an otherwise pristine room and require some major carpet cleaning solutions. Unless a stain in a carpet is handled properly, it can prove difficult to get out and, in some instances, actually become worse. Fortunately, there are a few handy solutions that can be used to remove the stain or at least lessen their appearance.
One of the best ways to prevent carpet stains, West Auckland carpet cleaners would like you to know, is to act before the stains actually occur. Regular maintenance of your carpet can go a long way in preventing the need for serious carpet cleaning when stains do happen. Vacuuming on a regular basis is one of the first and best ways to maintain your carpet. By vacuuming your carpets at least one a week, and perhaps more than once a week in heavily used area, you will not only prevent the accumulation of dirt and grime but also extend the life of your carpet. Dirt and grime can ruin carpet fibers. By vacuuming regularly, including around the baseboards and crevice areas, you can help your carpet stay looking new.
When you vacuum, focus on special areas such as the place where people sit. They may have a tendency to grind their feet into the carpet and embed the dirt further. Go over these areas in a “X” pattern to make sure you remove the most dirt.
If your carpet is new, consider applying a soil retardant to reduce the amount of carpet cleaning you’ll have to do in the future. You can use commercial applicators or hire a professional West Auckland carpet cleaner to apply the soil retardant. To prevent odors in your carpet, sprinkle baking soda into your vacuum.
For carpet cleaning chores involving stains and spills, a more focused approach is needed. The stains need to be cleaned right away if you wish to have the best chance
of removing it. First, blot the area with a clean cloth to soak up as much of the spill as you can. Next, test an out-of-the-way area of the carpet with the cleaning solution you are preparing to use to see if it will discolor your carpet. If it is safe, spread it over the spill and, again, blot, do not rub. Rubbing may spread the stain and create a bigger problem. Likewise, start on the outer edge of the stain and work your way inwards to avoid spreading the stain. To completely dry the area, cover it with clean, white towels and place something heavy on top to weight them down.
Specific types of stains require specific types of carpet cleaning techniques. For instance, for alcoholic beverages, saturate the spot with cold water, soak up the extra water, then create a solution of one teaspoon of a mild detergent, one teaspoon of white vinegar and one quart of warm water. Apply to the stain and let dry, then vacuum. For blood stains, blot up as much of the blood as you can, create the same solution as above and apply to the stain. Then, apply dry-cleaning fluid; allow the carpet to dry and vacuum. For mud, allow it to dry then brush off as much of the dried mud as possible. Apply the detergent/vinegar/water solution, and then let it dry. Vacuum after the spot is dry.
To avoid major carpet cleaning issues, take a proactive approach in keeping your carpet’s clean. That way, if stains do occur, they’ll be much easier to tackle.