Tips

Do It Yourself Stain Treatments......

        

Stains are your carpet's worst enemy. Regardless if it's red wine spill after a party or a dog that doesn't quite make it outside to use the bathroom, stains can make your carpet look old and dirty.

The best way to prevent a carpet stain from taking up permanent residence in your home is to remove it as soon as it appears. However, incorrect removal methods can actually make a stain worse, so consider the following tips for removing a carpet stain.

1. Clean up the mess

Get moving as soon as a spill hits your carpet (the longer you wait, the harder it will be). Get paper towels or rags and soak up as much of the spill as you can. For the best result, press down firmly or stand on the spill, using your body weight to soak up as much as possible. You can even use something heavy on top of the paper towels. Never rub a carpet stain. It can spread the stain around or push it deeper into the carpet.

2. Work out what you're dealing with

Once you've cleaned up the bulk of the spill, pause for a moment and figure out what you're dealing with.

Most carpet stains are water-based: soft drinks, alcohol, beer and food fall into this category. Next on the list are more difficult water-based stains, such as red wine or chocolate. You may also encounter oil-based stains, such as olive oil or candle wax, or biological stains, such as pet urine.

3. Find the right carpet cleaner

Different types of stains will respond better to different cleaners. Here is what you should do, depending on your stain.

  • If you have a basic water-based stain, use a mixture of detergent and cold water. Don't use                                hot water or you'll set the stain.
  • If you have a more difficult water-based stain, use a mixture of ammonia and water (1 tablespoon ammonia to 1 cup water). If it's a red wine stain, you can use salt to pull the color out of the carpet before using the ammonia and water mixture.
  • If you have an oil-based stain, use an iron on low heat and paper towels. The heat will "pull" the stain up into the toweling and away from your carpet.
  • If you have a biological stain, use a solution of one part vinegar and one part water and let dry. Then, use the detergent and water method mentioned above.

Before you use any cleaning mixture, test it in an inconspicuous place on your carpet to make sure it doesn't cause a change in color.

4. Blot the stain

Always blot when using a cleaning solution. Direct pressure on the stain will help pull it out of the carpet; rubbing it back and forth can force it down into the carpet. Also, make sure to work from the outside of the stain inward so it doesn't spread.

5. Reassess the stain

Once you've cleaned the stain thoroughly, let it dry. Come back to it the next day and see if it has reappeared. If it has, make sure it's completely dry and then repeat the steps listed above.

In some cases, you may not be able to entirely remove a stain and may want to consider professional carpet cleaning. By using high-powered hot water extraction, or encapsulation cleaning, a professional may be able to remove the most stubborn of carpet stains.

 

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9/10/2014

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR CARPET

Would you drive your car for 100,000 KILOMETRES without changing the oil? Of course you would not. To keep your engine in good working order, you change the oil and do a tune up once and a while, right? Your automobile is a significant purchase and you want to maintain that investment.
Your carpet is the same way. In fact, your flooring in general represents a significant investment and needs to be maintained properly. What are the warranty requirements? How often should carpet be cleaned? What are some of the things you should avoid?

 5 Easy Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Carpet

1. Check the Warranty. Copies of specific warranties on your carpet purchase may be available from your carpet re­tailer. Stain resist warranties can vary from 5 to 20 years. ALL STAIN RESIST WARRANTIES REQUIRE REGULAR CLEANING AND IMMEDIATE SPOT REMOVAL.

2. Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum! It is said that the three most important rules for maintaining carpet are vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. Vacuum your carpet often. Once or twice a week at least. Vacuuming removes the sharp soil that can cut and slice the fiber causing premature wear. Much of this soil is not visible to the eye. Remove any loose particles such as loose food, leaves, pieces of crayon, bugs, etc. as these items can cause a spot on the carpet.

3. Have Your Carpet Professionally Cleaned Professional cleaning by a professional, certified firm should be done at least every 12 months according to 3M and major carpet manufacturers. Heavy traffic areas may need it more often. Manufacturer’s warranties require professional cleaning at least every 11-18 months to retain texture retention warranties.

Rule of thumb: Clean your carpet before it looks visibly soiled.

4. Remove Spots Immediately Spots that are not immediately removed can turn into permanent stains very easily. Always use a spot cleaner that is recommended by the carpet manufacturer or your trained, certified professional cleaner! Many “over the counter” spotters leave too much soap residue that leaves a sticky residue behind that will make your spots return!

5. Have Carpet Protector Re-Applied The soil resistor that is built into stain resistant nylon carpet is removed with regular foot traffic and harsh cleaners. To keep your carpet cleaner longer, have your protector reapplied each time you have your carpet professionally cleaned.