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How to clean Carpet Stains? | 10 best Carpet Cleaning Tips

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Carpets are the most elegant floor accessories that beautify any space with their warmth and charm. But, they are also the most difficult to clean. Things that are not supposed to get on the carpets always land up there. Children paint it with their creativity, guests spill coffee and tea, you accidently spill water and ketchup, and no matter how hard you try, you can’t stop your teenagers from bringing their soiled feet home, and stand right on to the carpet.

In addition to losing its luster, the carpet also becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and pathogens. So, in order to maintain its looks and also keep it dirt free, here are the 10 best carpet stain cleaning tips for you. Take note!

1. Vacuum clean carpets at least once a week

Carpets need to be vacuum-cleaned at least once every week, especially if we’re talking about heavy traffic areas. Vacuum cleaning can prolong the life of a carpet by not allowing gritty particles to settle on it. It removes all the surface dirt in addition to digging dirt particles deep from the carpet fibers.

2. Immediate stain removal

The best time to tackle any stain is when it is fresh. The easiest way to remove the stain is to blot the spot and start working from the outside, slowly going deeper. Rinse it with water, and blot it again if required. And, remember not to scrub the carpet or you might end up ruining the carpet fiber or letting the stain soak deeper.

3. Removing water soluble carpet stains

If you wish to clean carpet stains on your own at home, this tip will be the most useful. Stains from water, gravy, milk, berries, ink, mud, alcohol, etc. are called water soluble stains. To clean them mix 1/4th spoon of a non-bleach detergent or vinegar with 32 ounces of water and blot clean the spots.

4. Removing special water soluble stains

Stains from coffee, tea, mustard, blood etc. are harder to treat than others. These too are best removed when fresh. Again, if we’re talking about woolen carpets – use the same formula as mentioned above, but if it is a polyprolene carpet, you can use ammonia with water to completely get rid of the stain.

5. Remove fat, oil and grease stains

Fat can be a slightly tricky to remove. The best you can do at home is place a paper towel on the stain, and iron it on hot setting. The oil should come off the carpet. Also, if its wax or gum stains; freeze it with ice and then shatter it with a blunt spoon or knife.

6. Avoid soaking carpets

Although there are times we think that soaking a carpet will help us get rid of all the stains in one go, it can be more damaging than beneficial. Over soaking may lead to over saturation of carpet. The best way to clean a carpet is using a mix of dry and wet strokes. Never use more than four wet strokes on a stain.

7. Removing carpet odors

Just like stains, carpets are also prone to absorbing odors and smelling stale. It could be due to dampness, over use, or just the age factor that makes the carpets smell bad. To make your carpet odor free, use a mix of baking soda, white vinegar and water. Use a spray bottle and spray the mixture. Later vacuum clean it.

8. Clean the corners and crevices

Keeping the carpet also means that you give special attention to its corners and crevices, without which the carpet won’t look clean. You can use the water and detergent mixture, but clean them more often, as they’re the first spots where that soil.

9. Carpet Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning carpets technique is becoming very popular these days. Many people hire professional carpet cleaners to steam clean their carpets. Not only does it helps in getting rid of stains, but it also refreshes the odor of the carpet.

10. Professional carpet cleaning

If all else fails, then it’s time to seek professional carpet cleaning services. They bring on-board their expertise in steam cleaning, dry cleaning, and all other types of stain removal that are not manageable at home.

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