It’s an unfortunate fact of life that spills happen, whether it’s water from your dog or red wine from your date. These messes can easily be cleaned up, though, by following the right steps. Be sure to find out how to remove carpet cleaning using a number of different methods, though, to be sure you don’t accidentally make the problem worse or damage your carpet or flooring in the process.
Know What Doesn’t Work
– Vinegar is not a good choice for removing stains because the acidic content will break down the fibers of the carpet. Ammonia is an equally bad option as it will bleach colors out of your carpet fibers. Rubbing alcohol can also dissolve your carpet’s fibers and lead to premature wear.
– Baking soda, while one of the cheapest options, does not effectively lift dirt or stains from carpets.
Make the Area Wet
In order to remove a stain, you need to make the area wet. This can be done by blotting up any excess liquid with a towel or by pouring water onto the stain. Blot it until all of the liquid is absorbed into the towel. If the carpet is dry, use a wet vac to soak up as much as possible before proceeding. When you are ready to remove the stain, use one of these three methods: Spray with an all-purpose cleaner, soak in warm soapy water or scrub with a paste made of baking soda and water. Be sure to test your chosen method on an inconspicuous area first to avoid damage or discoloration!
1. Scrape off excess material from the stain. 2. Apply a small amount of dishwashing detergent to the spot and blot with paper towel or clean cloth. 3. Rinse off the suds with water from a wet-dry vacuum cleaner or a wet cloth, being careful not to rub the stain further into the carpeting fibers. 4.
Machine Clean the Carpet
1. Mop the area with cool water to remove any loose dirt or stains. 2. Apply a pre-spotter, which will help to break down the stain 3. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any excess moisture 4. If a stain still remains, apply dry cleaning solvent (or rubbing alcohol) on the carpet 5. Cover the stained area with an absorbent towel for about 30 minutes 6. Blot up as much of the liquid as possible with paper towels 7. Repeat steps 1-5 again if necessary 8. Apply carpet cleaner or spot remover 9 Saturate an absorbent towel with water 10 Launder your carpet in cold water only 11 Allow your carpet to air dry
Check for Residue After Cleaning
After you have cleaned your carpet, it is a good idea to check for any remaining residue. Any residue left on the carpet could attract dirt from foot traffic and make the stain reappear. To check for residue, use a dry piece of paper towel or cloth to wipe the carpet. If there is any residue left on the carpet, you will be able to see it when you wipe it with a clean cloth or towel.