Taking care of carpets and removing stains is one of the most tedious tasks as a homeowner. However, it is absolutely necessary in order to prolong the life of carpets and rugs. If you don’t properly maintain carpets, repairs or replacements can be very costly.
It is important to vacuum the carpet at least once a week and give special attention to high-traffic areas. You will want to make sure that your vacuum is maintained properly as well to achieve maximum suction for removing loose dirt and fibers. Vacuuming the carpet will not remove greasy spots or spills from the carpet. If you see that the carpet continues to appear dull and dirty after vacuuming, you may need a deeper clean.
Heavy duty carpet shampooers and cleaners are a great option for removing tough stains and odors. Many stores allow rentals of carpet shampooers and there are also plenty of local businesses that come to your home and do the work for you. This is especially great for renters who need a thorough clean before moving out.
Spot removal is important to prevent permanent staining. The sooner they are treated, the better the chance of having them disappear completely. If there are any solids in the spill, carefully scoop them up with a spoon to minimize spreading. Blot any liquids with clean towels or tissues. You will need to absorb as much liquid as possible before treating the stain.
A non-flammable dry cleaning liquid can be used to treat stains such as butter, crayons, grease or wax. Place a small amount of liquid onto a moistened towel and blot it into the spot repeatedly until the stain is lifted.
Coffee, tea and other food spills can be treated with a mild detergent solution. Combine lukewarm water with ⅛ teaspoon of the detergent. Apply it to a moistened towel and remove the spot from the carpet or rug.
Pet accidents and odors can be removed using a white vinegar solution. Mix one part white vinegar and one part water onto a towel and blot into the affected area. Keep repeating until the stains and odors are lifted and use a clean, dry towel to absorb the remaining solution.
Don’t hesitate to contact a professional if you’ve attempted these fixes with no success or have a more serious problem to be addressed.