When accidents happen and unexpected spills stain your carpet, it’s never a bad idea to call in a professional carpet cleaning service; however, if you’re the do it yourself type and want to try to take on a stain or two on your own, we recommend having a sort of “first aid kit” for your carpet ready in advance. Every moment counts; typically stains become more difficult to address the longer they’re left on a carpet, so having the right things available right away can make a difference.
Obviously you’ll need a spray bottle or two, and a few clean cloth towels — pick cloth that’s relatively absorbent and hasn’t been dyed or treated with water-resistent chemicals. Next you’ll need detergent and rinsing solutions; while a lot of people swear by club soda, we’ve found a mix of a teaspoon of wool detergent mixed with a cup of warm water to be excellent to have around for many common stains, such as coffee, tea, urine and other dark liquids. First blot up as much of the offending liquid as you can (without spreading the stain), then add a little of the detergent solution to the outer edges of the stain and work your way in.
Once you’ve taken care of the stain, mix up your rinsing solution: 1/4 cup vinegar with 1 cup of water. Put it in a spray bottle, and spray over the entire area you worked with. Blot up the excess then spread five or six dry towels over the area and weigh them down with a phone book or several text books — enough weight to let the towels really start soaking up the rinsing solution. Leave it for several hours then remove the towels; if there’s still significant moisture, do it again.
If DIY stain removal isn’t working for you, call in a professional carpet cleaning company as soon as you can!
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