Spot Cleaning Carpets and Rugs

purple 121013 bkst 2181In today’s market, there are plenty of stain-resistant carpets and rugs that have made the cleaning of spots much easier. However, there is still no carpet or rug that is totally stain proof. Here are some spot removal steps:

Act Quickly

Any delay usually increases the chances of a spill turning into a permanent stain. You have to keep in mind that it can be affected by a variety of factors, and that no carpet is totally stain-free. As a result, you should always act quickly.

Blot Liquids

You can blot the affected area on your rug with some paper towels, or a damp cloth.

Avoid Scrubbing the Area

Scrubbing can lead to pile distortion of the affected area. Instead, try using a cloth or some paper towels until the affected area is completely dry. For spills that involve semi-solids, gently scrape them up with some kind of rounded spoon. In addition, solids must be broken down and vacuumed until they are completely gone.

Try to Pretest the Spot Removal Agent

You can pretest your preferred removal agent on a hidden area of your carpet or rug to make sure that it will not harm the fiber or dye.

Apply Small Amounts of the Spot Removal Agent

When cleaning any spots on your carpet or rug, make sure that you apply small amounts of the cleaning agent to a white cloth and let sit on the affected area for about 10 minutes. In addition, rub the cloth gently into the spill.

Start From the Edge

When cleaning, you should start from the periphery of the spill and work your way towards the center in order to prevent any sort of spreading. Make sure that you don’t scrub. Instead, blot the area to absorb the spill. You can repeat the process if necessary.

In addition to all the steps mentioned above, you also have to be patient. Total removal of any spill may sometimes involve repeating the same cleaning process several times.

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