House cleaning can be tedious, time consuming, and just darn right irritating. No other item in the home is as complex to clean as the carpet. Whether it’s the kids bedroom carpet, the cheap basement carpet, or the luxurious living room carpet, caution must be exercised when attempting to remove carpet stains. Carpet cleaning requires a person to be a quasi-expert and adhere to special instructions for cleaning. Using the wrong product or technique while attempting to remove stains from a carpet can be an expensive mistake if various directions are not followed. You may even need to use a cleaning machine with various clean modes, appliances, and slim designs for the job.
Products and Techniques
The first rule of carpet cleaning is that as soon as the spill occurs, remove the stain from the carpet. This reduces the amount of time and difficulty in cleaning the carpet. Generally if you catch the stain, when it first starts to form, it will be easier to clean and require a less amount of time as a stain that has been allowed to set in.
Many stores contain a large variety of carpet cleaning agents that promise to remove carpet stains while reviving and sustaining the life of a carpet. These testaments may be true, but the products are not necessary to effectively remove carpet stains. There are household and natural items that can be used to clean stains from any carpet in your home.
For your basic stain such as liquids or foods that have a liquid consistency, water is the simplest cleaning agent. Saturating the stain with water and then blotting dry with a white cotton ball or towel will effectively remove most food and liquid stains. However, there are some food and liquid stains that are more stubborn and may require help from a mild cleaning agent. Some suggest using Dawn dishwashing liquid or a similar detergent solution. Be sure that the cleansing liquid does not contain bleach or lanolin as these ingredients are counterproductive as they change the appearance of the carpet. The detergent should be mixed with one part water and sprayed on the stain. Using a white towel, blot the stain until it starts to come out. If really stubborn, small circular motions may help.
Not only is lemon juice a diuretic and gives a great ting to a glass of water, it is a natural cleaning agent that can be used for tough stains. If deciding to use store bought lemon juice, be sure that it does not contain added ingredients. It is best if the lemon juice is sprayed directly on the carpet stain and allowed to sit for about five or six minutes. Then use a white cotton cloth and dab the stain until it comes out of the carpet.
One teaspoon of ammonia mixed with ½ cup of water has proven to be effective for cleaning stains from a carpet. It is best used when attempting to remove blood and/or ink stains. Spray the solution directly on the stain and blot with a white paper towel and allow to dry.
What to Avoid
Carpets are expensive to replace, which is why a small mistake on a small stain, can cause a huge problem. There are some techniques and products that should be avoided to ensure that the carpet cleaning process goes smoothly.
Whenever possible avoid scrubbing the stain in a curricular motion. The circular technique is actually working against the grain and can ruin the appearance of the carpet. Never ever use bleach to clean carpet stains for the obvious reasons. Bleach will change not only the appearance of the carpet but its original color and then you end up with a bigger mistake than you started with. Never use cleaning products that are not made for carpets. These cleaning agents may contain bleaching agents that can damage the carpet and its appearance. Do not use any type of drying appliance such as a dryer or iron. These items, when used on a stain, will “lock” the stain into the carpet. At all cost, one should avoid using dyed or colored cloths to remove stains from the carpets. The color can bleed onto the carpet and cause a bigger stain. For carpet cleaning, a white paper towel, white cotton ball, or white towel should suffice.
If these basic tips and guidelines are adhered to when removing stains from the carpet, it will make for a less stressful experience and you can rest assured that the durability and appearance of the carpet can be preserved.