Accidents are a part of life and inevitably, accidents will find their way onto your rugs and carpeting at some point. Spots don’t have to become permanent stains, however, if you know how to deal with them.
Important Tips Regarding Cleaning Spills and Stains
- If your carpet or rug manufacturer cleaning guidelines are available, refer to them first. They should include instructions specific to your carpet or rug’s composition.
- Always test any spot cleaning method on an inconspicuous area of your carpet first to see how your cleaning method reacts with your carpet’s fibers and dye. If you see color distortion in the carpet’s fibers or bleeding onto your cleaning cloth, do not proceed.
- Clean spills and accidents as soon as possible by blotting with a cloth until dry. Rinse well with water (sprayed on, never poured), then blot dry again. Note: if your spill has not completely soaked into your rug or carpet, try scooping excess matter away with a large spoon before you begin blotting.
- Apply cleaning solutions with a spray bottle or dab on with a plain, clean white cloth.
- Never soak carpeting with any cleaning agent, as this can damage the carpet backing.
- Work on spots from the outside in towards the center, always in a blotting motion.
- Never scrub carpeting, as this can ruin its fibers. If you must rub, do so gently in one direction toward the center of the spot, and then repeat in the opposite direction the same number of times so that the carpet’s pile doesn’t get matted down.
- When in doubt, call a professional carpet cleaner. Using the wrong methods or cleaners on your rug or carpeting can set stains, making them much more difficult to remove.
FREE How-To Chart for Cleaning Common Carpet Stains
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