Carpet Cleaning Tips

 

Do not use bleach to try and clean spots or stains from your carpet! It is not a cleaning agent, it will strip the color from the carpet fibers.

  1.  Don’t rub stains or spills. Instead, gently blot them after they occur. Rubbing can and will damage the carpet fibers.
  2. Frequent vacuuming will prevent wear and assist in prolonging the life of the carpet protector.
  3. Avoid applying cleaning agents to a stain that you want to remove. The chances of you setting in the stain or damaging the color are high. We will have a better chance at removing stains.
  4. You can temporarily treat a pet urine stain by immediately soaking up what you can with a towel, then spraying distilled white vinegar on the effected area. Let it dry and this will allow it to kill some bacteria. Note: Call us as soon as possible to completely resolve this issue.
  5. If red wine is spilled, apply 3X the volume with table salt and allow to dry completely. After it has dried, vacuum the salt up.
  6. Peanut butter will take gum out of your carpet but patience and care are recommended. Apply the peanut butter to the gum and gently work it in with a spoon. Proper dwell time is needed for this to be effective. The peanut oil needs time to penetrate and dissolve the sticky residue. Use plain water and a clean rag or towel to wipe area clean.
  7. Avoid sprinkling fine powders such as baking soda or carpet fresheners. The residue will never completely vacuum out of the carpet. It will build up over time and when you do have your carpet professionally cleaned the fine dust particles wick back to the surface.
  8. If the carpet is burned, use a fingernail clipper and remove the burned tips. If the burn is extensive it will need to be patched.
  9. Use a towel weighted down with a heavy object over night to absorb the moisture from a large spill.
  10. Wax can be removed with an iron and a white rag. First drench the rag with water and slightly ring it out. (This helps to avoid burning carpet fibers) Then place the rag over the wax and set the iron on top with the setting on low. Lift the iron and re-position the rag as needed to remove more wax every 10 seconds. A white rag is recommended so that colors won’t bleed into your carpet.

Some stains cannot be removed because they permanently alter the carpet’s color. These stains include acid toilet bowl cleaners, acne medication, alkaline drain cleaners, chlorinated bleaches, hair dyes, iodine, insecticides, mustard with turmeric and plant fertilizers.

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