As hard as we try to keep our carpets stain-free, messes are almost inevitably going to happen. Sometimes the kids forget to take off their muddy shoes, or that plate of spaghetti your 10-year-old swore they had a good grip on ends up in the floor, drinks get spilled, and even the most well-trained pets can have accidents. So what do you do when these and other messes happen?
Here are a few tips from the professionals:
1) Remove any solid matter first.
If there is food, mud, dirt, ect. be sure to remove it before you treat the stain. If it is a dry substance you can vacuum it, otherwise use something to scrape it up and dispose of it.
2) Blot the stain, do not scrub.
With a white cloth (to prevent the possible bleeding of colors,) blot the stain by pressing the cloth onto the area to remove as much liquid as possible. Do not scrub!Scrubbing can permanently damage the carpet fibers. It can also cause the stain to soak deeper into the carpet, even down to the carpet padding, making it much harder to remove.
3) Treat with a mild detergent.
At this point, you can apply a mild carpet cleaning product (such as the Home Pro Spotter- We give these for free to anyone who gets their carpet cleaned with us!) Or you can try using warm water with a small amount of dish soap mixed in. Heavy brand-name carpet stain removers are not recommended because they tend to leave a heavy residue, which can attract dirt and create another stain.
If you use something like Home Pro Spotter, you will not have to rinse the carpet. However, if you use dish soap, you will need to rinse the area with clean water.
*You may have to repeat steps 2 and 3 a few times if you have a really stubborn stain.
After you treat the stain, extract as much water as possible. The best way to extract water is by using a hand-held carpet cleaning tool, or a wet-dry vac. If you don’t have one either of those, you can blot with a dry towel. (Try placing a dry towel down on the area and weighing it down with a heavy object, replacing the towel when it feels wet.)
If you have a stain that’s too much for you to handle on your own, call us! We’d love to help you!