Spot Clean a Carpet

Spot cleaning is good to be done between major carpet cleaning to keep the carpet fresh appearance, and especially when a stain occurs. High traffic areas should be cleaned at least once a week, as they quickly get stained because of the many shoes that pass over daily. To execute a successful spot cleaning, timing is crucial, as some stains will become impossible to remove once they set into the carpet fibers. Leaving a stain to dry on your carpet may not be fatal, but it will definitely make the stain removal much more difficult. Major carpet cleaning is required when the carpet gets too dirty, but with regular spot cleaning you can avoid cleaning the entire carpet for long period of time.

  1. Purchase a suitable carpet stain remover for the type of carpet you have to avoid damaging the carpet fibers. Depending on the chemicals contained into the different stain removers, some cleaners will work better or worse on different carpets. Ensure that the cleaning product you have bought is safe for your carpet by testing it on a small, concealed area.
  2. Vacuum up any loose dirt and dust before applying any spot cleaner. This prevents dirt from being pushed into the carpet, making it even dirtier. Your goal is to remove stains not to create them, so do not skip this step.
  3. Spray a carpet stain remover onto the stain, and leave it to sit for the time instructed on the product’s label in order to loosen the stain. Usually a few minutes are more than enough for a good stain remover to break down the stain and make it easier to remove, according to many carpet cleaning professionals.
  4. Use an absorbent material, such as a cloth or paper towels, to lift the stain from the carpet by blotting. Refrain from using a sponge, as some sponges can start to crumble when wet and add more mess to the carpet than remove. Depending on the direction on the cleaner’s label, vacuum your carpet or not when you have removed the stain.

September 30, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Cleaning


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