It’s inevitable that spots and spills will happen on your carpet. Kids spill their juice, the dog has an accident, your son treks mud in on his soccer shoes – all on your new (or not-so-new) carpet. These are everyday occurrences that can wreak havoc on your carpet. Follow these simple steps to save your carpet!
The first step is not to start with cleaning. Before you apply any cleaning solution to the carpets in your home, be sure to blot or scrape the affected area. If you spilled something other than a liquid, try picking up what you can, so it doesn’t get ground further into the carpet when you begin cleaning.
Make sure to test the cleaner before you ruin your carpet even more! There’s nothing worse than trying to clean your carpet and creating an even bigger spot or stain in the process. Before using any cleaning solution test it out on a section of the carpet that cannot easily be seen, such as a corner or underneath a chair that will remain in the same place for a long time.
You’ve heard it before, but it’s worth repeating – don’t rub the spot: blot, blot, blot! Rubbing a spot or stain can spread it out and give you an even bigger mess. Instead, be sure to always blot lightly to pull the stain up from the carpet. Make sure you contain the stain in its original spot. Spot cleaners are often effective, but be sure to spray spot cleaner from the outside of the stain and work your way in. This will contain the stain and keep it from spreading.
Last, but not least, after cleaning a carpet mess, use a clean white towel to bring the carpet “back to life.” Not only will it dry the affected area, it will also brush the nap back up. If your carpet is still too moist after cleaning, use a ¾ inch stack of white towels weighed down with something heavy to pull out excess moisture.
Spots and spills happen in today’s households – but it doesn’t have to be a permanent remembrance on your carpet. Try these easy tips to save your carpet.