How to Deal With Stubborn Carpet Stains


If you have carpet in your home, you know how difficult it can be to keep it looking clean and new. Pet stains and hard playing kids can really take their toll on the carpets in your home. Even just walking on the carpet can wind tiny particles of dirt into the carpet pile and leave deep seated stains that are hard to remove.

The smartest thing you can do is deep clean your carpets on a regular basis. Regular deep cleaning is the best way to stop stains from setting and remove the dirt particles that would otherwise darken the appearance of the carpet and damage its fibers. Regular vacuuming is important, but it is only one part of the cleaning process. Shampooing your carpet with a deep cleaning solution several times a year is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to keep your rugs looking like new.

Regular cleaning will also help you spot small stains and problems you might otherwise have missed. If you do spot a stain, use the blotting method to remove it safely while preventing it from spreading. Use a gentle cleaning solution and a clean cloth to gently blot the stain and lift it away. Never rub the stained area — it will only spread the dirt around and break down the carpet fibers.

Club soda is an excellent choice for removing carpet stains, especially if you use the blotting method. Start by soaking a clean cloth in club soda then blot the area gently but firmly. If the stain is still there, mix one part water, one part club soda and one part plain white vinegar and pour it into a spray bottle. Spray the affected area with the solution and allow it to soak in for-10-15 minutes.

Once the solution has soaked into the stain, simply press a clean sponge into the area and allow it to soak up the solution—and the stain. You may need to repeat this process several times to eradicate particularly stubborn stains. When the stain is gone, rinse the affected area with warm water and brush the carpet strands with your hand to put them back in place.

Finish up by laying plain white paper towels over the water treated area and use a phone book or another heavy object to weigh them down as they dry. The paper towels will soak up the water and any remaining residue, leaving your carpet looking like new.

Grease stains can be particularly difficult to deal with, but you can remove them from your carpet with a few simple ingredients. Just use a dish detergent known for its grease cutting properties— Dawn is a particularly good choice. Place a couple drops of the detergent into a spray bottle and mix in a cup of water. Shake vigorously to create suds, then spray the solution directly on the stain.

Let the solution soak in for 10-15 minutes, then use a sponge and paper towels to lift it —and the greasy stain — out of your carpet. Again, you may need to repeat the application several times to remove all the grease and dirt from your carpet.

Keeping carpets looking like new can be a real challenge, especially in older homes. Over time ground in dirt, pet stains and other problems can discolor the carpet and damage the fibers, but regular maintenance will go a long way. Vacuuming the carpet daily, deep cleaning several times a year and removing fresh stains before they have a chance to set in can all keep your old carpets looking great. For more information, contact a business such as You'll Say Wow Carpet Cleaning.


28 August 2017

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