The following is some Helpful Carpet Care Tips as seen in Greensboro News & Record. Tips work best on new, previously untreated spills. Many over the counter spotters can set stains.
What is the best way to treat a spill to remove any potential stains and preserve the carpet’s appearance?
“Prompt action is the key to removing common spills like coffee, soft drinks, food, & grease,” said David Brockman of Deep Clean Carpet & Tile. For a wet spill, blot with white towels. To loosen dried spots, use a slightly dampened towel, however, a wet towel only dilutes & spreads the spill. For a thick spill, scrape as much as possible off with a spoon.
“Cover the wet spill with a clean, dry, white towel.” Weight down with books, using aluminum foil between the books & towel. Most liquid spills will dry overnight and be absorbed into the towel. If it is still moist the next day repeat process using dry towels.
“If discoloration remains after the spot is dry, try the following:” (Be sure to work from the outside-in so you do not spread the spot).
“Prompt action is the key to removing common spills like coffee, soft drinks, food, & grease”
- Mix a tablespoon of liquid dish detergent in a half cup of warm water. With your fingertips moisten a white towel and dab the spot lightly. Alternately dab, and then blot with a dry towel. If the color transfers in to the towel continue the process until color transfer stops. After color transfer stops use a damp towel to blot the area to remove any remaining detergent from carpet fibers. Then cover with dry towels using the overnight steps above.
- If color does not transfer, try the same “dab & blot” techniques using a half cup of white vinegar mixed in one half cup warm water. If the color transfers, continue the process as above. Then cover with dry towels using the same overnight technique.
If neither 1 nor 2 shows color transfer, call your professional carpet cleaner.
“It is important to note that using too much water can cause spots to wick back to surface over time. Using too much detergent can leave residue on the carpet fibers which attracts new soil. Less is always best,” said Brockman.
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- Carpet ready for immediate use
- Spots won’t return
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- Upholstery cleaning
- Carpet repair & stretching available
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