Posts Tagged ‘carpet spot cleaning’

The Importance of Proper Carpet Care

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

carpet vacuum

What can you do to keep your beautiful and expensive carpet looking showroom new? Plan to care for your carpet in a number of ways involving both short- and long-term maintenance.

In the short term, regular vacuuming and spotting works wonders to keep the carpet looking good. Over the long term, plan on (and budget for) regular professional cleaning to maintain your investment.

Most carpet warranties require periodic professional (more…)

Thanksgiving Carpet Stain Removal Tips

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Thanksgiving table

Happy Thanksgiving!

With all the good cheer and good food swirling around your home on Thanksgiving, it’s not uncommon to find yourself faced with varying Thanksgiving-related carpet stains the following day — from cranberry sauce to gravy to sticky apple pie.

This first article I found on Flooring Obsessions gives tips for removing cranberry sauce from your carpet. And, this step-by-step guide on ehow.com shows you how to remove gravy stains from your carpet. For apple pie and other Thanksgiving Day food items, please read my post on proper spot cleaning for additional advice and resources! (more…)

Carpet Stain Removal: Recommended Spot Cleaners

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

In my last post, I shared proper spot cleaning methods for removing stains from your carpet.

If you still can’t get the spill out, go to the www.carpet-rug.org website. Look for their Spot Solver link (navigate to Residential >> Cleaning and Maintenance). There you will find a list of every conceivable thing that can possibly spot your carpet and ways to remove them. I would avoid commercial spot removers, if possible.

Oily stains can only be removed by solvents that dissolve the foreign substance from the carpet yarn. You can find familiar names such as Energine, Thuro, and Goddard’s dry-cleaning fluids. Dry cleaning fluids evaporate without leaving a ring and (more…)

How to Remove Stains from Carpet: Proper Spot Cleaning

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

It can be distressing to see a spot or stain appear on your carpet. I’m here to offer some advice on how to remove stains from carpet. The following is the proper technique for spot cleaning your carpets.

First blot up the excess spill with a terrycloth towel. Then use a trigger-type sprayer to apply warm water after the first blotting. How much water depends on the size of the spill and the thickness of the carpet. Do not soak the fabric. Try to work from the outside of the spill towards its center to keep the spot from getting bigger. Do not rub!Spray enough water so that the sugars dissolve. Blot again and feel the fabric. If it still feels sticky, repeat the above steps several times. Remember: blot, don’t rub. Rubbing untwists the yarn. The pile will look fuzzy when it dries. Rubbing also pulls individual fibers from the carpet backing. The area you’ve spot cleaned will look like it’s growing a beard.

If a water-based spill dries before you have a chance to remove it, you’ll have to (more…)