Spot It Out, Spell Your Carpet Cleaning with TLC
Tender loving care or TLC must be widespread in handling carpets to slow down spots. Carpet can hold up to a pound of dirt per square foot before it starts looking dirty. Most stains can be avoided or removed by immediate or at least daily spot treatment. If not, they can become permanent stains.
The chance of removing the spot or stain from your carpet or upholstery is 75% greater if the spill is attended to immediately after it occurs. For most food or beverage spills or pet accidents, blot as much of the liquid or debris as possible with a dry cloth or paper towel. Next, use a white terry cloth towel, and press it deeply into the spill, blotting it dry. Don't rub or scrub your carpet or upholstery with a rag or brush, as that will only damage the fibers and permanently scar the appearance of your carpet or upholstery.
It is good basic housekeeping to have spot and stain removal products and equipment on hand for immediate use. A carpet care specialist can recommend appropriate products for most common spills.
If the nature of the spill is unknown start with clean warm water or a mild crystallising carpet cleaning shampoo. If the stain persists, a specialised spot cleaning product should be used.
Cleaning products should first be checked for colour fastness on a hidden area of the carpet. Never use bleach (or bleach containing products) unless specifically authorised by the carpet manufacturer.
If the spot is still present, apply clear, warm water and blot it dry again. If clear water does not do the trick try using a solution of mild, non-bleaching detergent that does not cause excessive foaming. (Most grocery store brands tend to leave too much residue.) Apply the cleaning solution and let it set for up to ten minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water and blot it dry. Use a shop-vac to remove as much of the moisture as possible; if you don't have a shop-vac cover the area with a white terry cloth towel, weighted down and allowed to set for several hours.
Cleaning Products and Some Recommendations
Remove large quantities of liquids with a wet vacuum cleaner or sponge. Always work towards the centre of the spill – do not rub! Blot small amounts with a clean white paper towel or white cloth. Apply clean warm water or carpet cleaning shampoo, and then if necessary a spot cleaning product. Rinse with clean water a place white paper towels over the treated area to absorb moisture. When dry, the carpet should be thoroughly vacuumed to restore the pile.
Use a spoon or a knife to gently scrape off the spill. ifi it cannot be removed with warm water or shampoo, use the appropriate spot cleaning agent or call a carpet specialist.
A trained person assigned to the task of daily stain removal can usually deal with 90% of stains (such as beverages, food spills oil and greases). The remainder (such as nail varnish, paint and shoe polish &c.) will require the services of a professional carpet cleaner.Stubborn stains may require professional extraction. Sometimes a deep spill will appear to have been removed only to reappear days or even weeks later.
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