If you have carpet, you know how hard it can be to remove carpet stains. And stains like blood, coffee, or pet stains are some of the most challenging to get out. Learn the 5 universal rules of carpet cleaning the pros use.
Why They Are Universal Rules
They work in every situation.
No matter the stain you’re removing, or the kind of carpet you’re working on, these 5 techniques should be followed.
If you’ve had trouble getting carpet stains out in the past, there is a good chance you weren’t following one (or more) of these rules.
For the best results from your carpet stain removal activities, it is important to know and properly use these five universal rules. They‘re simple, really.
The 5 Universal Rules of Carpet Cleaning
- Blot the stain. always, Always, ALWAYS. This applies in all situations, no matter the stain. We can’t emphasize that enough. NEVER rub or scrub the stain. Blotting a stain ‘lifts’ it out. But when you rub or scrub the stain, you actually rub the stain deeper ‘into’ the carpet fibers. This can cause the stain to spread into a larger area and saturate more fibers. Vigorous rubbing or scrubbing can also damage the carpet fibers. Also, start blotting the stain from the edge and work towards the center to keep it from spreading.
- Use white cloths or paper towels. There could be the possibility of dye or color transfer from the cloth or towel to the carpet. Change your towel often to make sure you are using a clean section of cloth for lifting out the stain.
- Use as little cleaning solution as possible. By not saturating the carpet fibers, you keep the stain from spreading and going deep(er) into the carpet fibers. It also speeds drying time. Make sure to blot up all the moisture after you have removed the stain.
- Rinse the stain area with clear water. Soap residue can attract dirt, making your stain reappear months later. To remove the soap residue, apply water (with a spray bottle) and blot up the moisture.
- Dry the carpet well. Cover the damp carpet with a white cloth or paper towel and something heavy (like a book) to absorb the water, and let it sit overnight. This keeps the carpet from attracting and absorbing dirt while damp. It also keeps the family from walking on it and re-soiling it.
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