6 Top Carpet Cleaning Tips from the ProfessionalsPosted on: June 27, 2019
The best way to keep your carpets clean is to prevent anything from spilling or staining your carpet in the first place. But no matter how hard you try, there will always be that one inevitable accident that foils your plan. Whether it is wine, pawprints from the dog, or chewing gum, nothing will irk you more than a stain on your carpet. Fortunately, companies like 4 Cleaner Carpets are willing to share their tips with us, so we can get that carpet back looking like new.
Top Tips For Removing Stains
- Elbow Grease – for many of these stain removal tips, elbow grease is required. But this does not mean you need to apply excessive force. Never rub a stain, as this will just further embed the stain into the carpet. What you want to do is to soak a clean cloth or sponge with a cleaning solution, and gently dab the stain. Start on the outside and work your way to the center to minimize spreading the stain.
- Cleaning Solutions – we don’t always have an industrial cleaning solution to hand, so sometimes we need to improvise. Make a solution of equal parts vinegar and water, spray the stain with this solution, and leave it for 20 minutes to absorb into the fibers of the carpet. Take a dry cloth or sponge and try to remove as much of the solution as you can. Spray the stain again and apply the same procedure. Hopefully, you will see an improvement with each pass, so continue until the stain is completely eradicated.
- Remove Cleaning Solutions – when we use a cleaning solution such as the vinegar and water mix, we need to remove as much of the solution before it completely dries into the carpet. Gently massage some warm water into the area that had the stain. Place some paper kitchen towels over the carpet, and then place something weighted onto the towels, such as books or an inverted stool, and leave for 12 hours. With any luck, the towels will absorb most of the liquid, and you should end up with a perfectly restored carpet.
- Chewing Gum Removal – this one can be tricky when you don’t know the secret. Take some ice cubes from your freezer and let them sit on the gum for a minute or two. This should freeze the gum, and you can gently try to prise it from the carpet. Lift it gently and cut the fibers as close to the frozen gum as possible.
- Grease and Oil Stains – take some dishwashing liquid and mix it with a little warm water. Treat the stain the same way you did with the vinegar and water step above. The liquid should hopefully dissolve the grease stain, and just as before, you might need to apply this procedure a few times to get the required result. Finish with the removal of the cleaning solution tip.
- Blood Stains – again a tricky one, so try the methods above first. If there is still a stain, pour some hydrogen peroxide on the blood and then clean the resulting solution as we did in the other methods.
There is no one way to remove a stain, so best is to try one or more of the tips until you achieve the desired result. These tips are great for a quick fix but have your carpet deep cleaned once or twice a year to get it back looking like new.