If you have rugs or carpet, dealing with stains is inevitable. So as a rug owner, you will want to be prepared for the worst. The problem is that there are so many variables to take into consideration, making being prepared quite difficult. So before you get down on the floor to start your carpet cleaning, do a little research and consider the following options. So I called around the Northern VA area to many carpet cleaners and compiled a list of helpful tips. The majority of these tips were provided from Absolute Carpet Care.
Keep Foot Traffic Away
Once the stain has been made, you will want to keep people and animals from walking on it and spreading the stain even further. If you cannot easily block off the space, don’t hesitate to send everyone to a different room and keep Fido occupied outside with some toys for a bit. The last thing you want is for the mess to become even bigger.
Blot, Don’t Rub
You will be tempted to rub out the stain using circular motions as it feels like it would be the most effective. In reality, all this will do is turn your stain into a nice, large circle. You’re just pushing the stain down even more. When it comes to carpet cleaning, blotting is best. Get clean rags and press down on the stain, absorbing as much of the item as possible.
Know the Stain
Here is the first step that requires some research. Depending on the staining agent, you will need to use different cleaning items. It takes a bit of science. Different liquids will require various cleaning agents and those for fats will be completely removed from those used with liquids. And it goes on and on. Google is your friend on this step. It holds many free resource at the tip of your finger.
Know the Carpet
Another variable to consider is the type of carpet you have. Different types of fibers require different care. Determine what is needed before you buy or at least before you need the knowledge. Usually you can resort back to the provider but if they don’t have proper cleaning techniques for your rug then you can always hit up your friend Google again.
Keep at It
Oftentimes you carpet cleaning endeavors will not be successful on the first go. Keep at it until you get the results you need. And if you cannot, call a service to professionally clean your rug like Absolute Carpet Care. That’s what I ended up doing…. They came out to my home in Fairfax VA, but they are also available in Arlington, Sterling and Alexandria as well. I wasn’t disappointed at all!!