Carpets will inevitably get substances of various kinds spilled upon them. Where different chemical agents can be more effective on the various types of stains, there are still plenty of things people do when they treat the accidental spills that could potentially make the stain worse. Though stains on the carpet are unavoidable, the good thing is most can be removed and even the most of stubborn stains can be defeated by professional deep carpet cleaning services. Today, we at Eco Clean Carpet Cleaning would like to share the common mistakes people do when treating carpet stains that should be avoided to ensure the substances are effectively removed.
How NOT to Clean Heavily Soiled Carpet & Remove Old Stains
1) Don’t use colored or printed paper towels or cloths. Few want to blemish white cloths or towels for their sake of their carpets. But any dyes or print that are on these cleaning aids need to be avoided. Under different factors, the dye or print can be unintentionally transferred onto the carpets. Not only will have the original mess to deal with, but you will also have to contend with the additional dye or print that was inadvertently onto your carpets.
2) Don’t delay in treating spills on carpet. Spills need to be cleaned up right away. The easier it is to remove is when they are fresh. When they are allowed to sit, they set into the fibers, and the longer they go unattended, the more difficult it is to remove. Treating them right away increases your odds of successfully removing them.
3) Don’t skip removing the bulk of the stain first. Too many people dive into a dense stain that has a lot of bulk to it. Doing this just causes the excess substance to smear. Removing the bulk will clean any staining better. Use a dull edge, like a spoon, spatula, or butter knife to gently remove the top layer from the carpet and wipe it on a paper towel, or a few paper towels for easy disposal. Then treat the stain.
4) Don’t scrub and rub carpet stains. Resist the urge to scrub and rub the spillage. Scrubbing and rubbing techniques only push the substance out wider and deeper into the carpets, making them more work to remove. Stick with blotting and patting methods and work the stain from the outside perimeter towards the center to prevent it from spreading.
5) Don’t skip the test patch. It doesn’t matter if you choose to use a DIY homemade solution or a store bought pre-made carpet stain cleaner, it is essential you do not skip the patch test. Different fibers are impacted by the various chemicals and ingredients used. To ensure the integrity of your carpet or the color isn’t compromised, do a patch test in an inconspicuous area to be safe.
6) Never use hot water to treat carpet stains. Some stains can be better treated using a range of temperatures. Some directions tell you to use cool, where other suggest warm water. It is important you never use hot-hot water. Like laundry stains, treating them with the hot-hot water could actually cause the stain to be permanently set into your carpets. If you are ever unsure, use cool water.
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