If you have just placed new carpeting throughout your home, you will want to take the necessary steps in maintaining it so it continues to look its best. Unfortunately, if people or pets walk through areas where carpet is present, sooner or later something will spill on the surface, possibly causing a stain as a result. Here are some steps you can take to remove stains from your carpeting.
Use The Proper Method
When something spills on your carpet, never scrub the area in a back and forth motion. This will cause the material spilled on the carpet to become embedded deeper into the material. Scrubbing can also weaken the fibers of the carpet, causing it to deteriorate and have an overall shabby appearance in that area.
Instead of scrubbing, blot the stain. Do this by pressing a clean cloth on the outer edges of the stain and work your way inward. This method will keep the stain in one area of the carpet instead of dragging it to areas that were not affected. Put pressure on the clean cloth and remove. Place it again on a new section and press down again. Repeat this procedure over and over to help remove the liquid from the material.
Add A Cleanser To Remove
After you have blotted the stained area to the best of your ability, you may need to add a cleaning agent to help remove the coloring of the stain. In most cases, a mixture of vinegar and water will help remove a stain completely from a carpet. Mix a teaspoon of vinegar into a cup of water. Place this in a spray bottle and mist down the affected area.
Use the blotting method to remove the vinegar/water mixture from the carpet after it has had a chance to soak into the fibers. This type of cleaner workers on water-soluble stains such as soda, alcoholic beverages, ice cream, excrement, and mud. If you spill coffee, tea, or wine, or if someone gets vomit or blood on your carpet, try using a teaspoon of ammonia instead of vinegar. This neutralizes the staining properties of these substances.
Routine Cleaning Procedure
Vacuum your carpet every few days to help remove substances that can be tracked into the fibers by feet walking through them. Use a carpet steam cleaner every few months to keep your carpets looking fresh. It is wise to invest in one of your own if you want to keep your carpets cleaner longer. After steam cleaning, make sure to dry your carpets thoroughly by opening windows and using fans. This will reduce the chance of mildewing. For a deep cleaning a couple times a year, contact a professional carpet cleaning company.