Three Steps for the Best Spot Cleaning Possible

May 7, 2019 5:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

“What do I do about this stain?” was the frantic question on the other end of the line. This wasn’t the first time we received a call from a customer asking for advice on how to remove a stain in their carpet, and it certainly wouldn’t be the last!

At Lov ‘N Kare Carpet Center, your local carpet cleaning specialists in South Amboy, NJ, we pride ourselves on making even the dingiest carpets look new, so it doesn’t really surprise us when customers call in for emergency carpet cleaning tips in between their regular carpet cleanings. We’re always happy to share our carpet cleaning tips with our customers, which is why we decided to share the following three steps to achieve the best spot cleaning possible.

Remove the excess

The fastest way to avoid a permanent stain is to remove excess spill as quickly as you can. For dry spills, vacuum up the excess. For gooey or sticky spills, try to scrape up the excess with a spoon or knife. For liquid spills, blot up the extra fluid with a damp cloth. Work fast and do your best to avoid rubbing the spill in deeper or spreading it around.

Use a stain remover

Once you’ve removed excess spill, you can use a stain remover to lift what’s already begun to absorb into the carpet fibers. Just be sure that the stain remover you have is safe for the type of carpet you’re attempting to clean. In case you don’t have a stain remover on hand, you can make your own by mixing together ¼ teaspoon of vinegar, 1 teaspoon of mild dishwashing soap and a quart of warm water. You should apply the stain remover to the stain, but be careful not to soak the stain. Too much liquid can cause its own damage to your carpeting.

Here are a few other stain removers you can try to remove some common stains:

  • Wine: Spray with club soda and blot clean.
  • Urine: Use an enzymatic cleaner, which can be found at most pet stores.
  • Blood: Apply club soda and cold water, then blot clean.

Blot the stain

Once you’ve applied the stain remover, you can dampen an absorbent cloth with cold water and use it to soak up the remover and (hopefully) the stain. Then, use a dry absorbent cloth to blot away any excess water. If the carpet still feels wet to the touch, cover the area with a dry cloth or paper towels and press down on it with a heavy object for a few minutes.

While these steps likely won’t remove every stain completely, they can definitely help to minimize the damage. For really tough stains, you’ll want to call on your local carpet cleaning specialists in South Amboy, NJ at Lov ‘N Kare Carpet Center. We are not only the experts when it comes to removing stains, but we can also help protect your carpet from future spills. To learn more about our services, give us a call today!

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