Whether it is from pets or other accidents, carpets will inevitability be besmirched with accidental spills. Different chemical reactions can be more effective and also be more detrimental. It is important to always follow directions on the label and perform a patch test to ensure the chemicals do not react poorly. There are many mistakes that homeowners do when they treat carpet spills, spots, and stains. Though many of these stains can be a challenge, it is important to avoid poor techniques because the stains will only get worse. Today, we at Mr Madison Carpet Cleaning & Upholstery Specialists would like to discuss common mistakes people make in an effort to help others from repeating these mistakes or never doing them.
Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid
1) Cleaning up the chunks first. Trying to wipe away the chunks while removing the spot will only make the blobs smear; creating a bigger mess. Grab a few paper towels and a dull edge tool, like a spoon, butter knife, or spatula, instead of diving right into it, and gently scoop the bulk off the carpet’s surface. Use caution as to not push the chunks into the carpets. Simply wipe the blobs onto the paper towel as you go and discard it afterwards.
2) Not using carpet blotting techniques. It is crucial to resist the urge to scrub and rub when it comes to addressing the spills. You only get to deal with a bigger problem when tackling to the spot aggressively as the scrubbing only pushes the stain out wider and deeper into the fiber. Utilize the blotting and patting methods to work the stain out. Be sure to start on the perimeter and work your way towards the center.
3) Allowing spills to sit on carpet. Accident should be cleaned up promptly. Allowing them to fester for any length of time means more work for you. The quicker you attend to the spill, the better you will be able to remove it and the easier it will be. Letting them set gives them a chance to set into the fibers, making it more of a challenge and decreasing your odds of complete removal.
4) Hot water use on carpet. Different ranges of water temperature can contribute to effective removal when it comes to treating different substances. In different cases, you can use cool or warm, but it is essential you stay clear of hot-hot water. Hot water will likely cause the stain to set in; if every in doubt, use cool water.
5) Using colored or printed paper towels, rags, or towels. When it comes to treating a red wine spill for example, few want to risk their white cloths or towels. Grabbing a dark dyed cloth, they can actually transfer the dye or even printed designs onto the carpet, creating more problems. Stick with plain white cloths, rags, towels, and paper towels to treat any spills to be safe.
6) Not performing a cleaning patch test on carpet. The patch test is important, especially if you use homemade remedies, but even premade carpet cleaners. Different fibers react with different chemicals and can cause discoloration, fading, or even damage. Taking the time to do a patch test in an inconspicuous area will make sure the solution does not ruin the carpet in plain sight.
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