Three Carpeting Cleaning Tips You Don't Want to Miss!

Carpet Cleaning Tip #1: Routine Maintenance for a Longer Life

Vacuum your carpets on a regular basis. Dirt, pet hair, and other grime accumulate in the carpet fibers resulting in dirty looking carpet and problems for allergy sufferers. If the dirt and grime is left to build up, your carpet can become damaged and it will be more difficult to thoroughly clean.

Carpet Cleaning Tip #2: Clean Spills Immediately

Clean up spills immediately to avoid odors and stains. If a solid substance --food or animal waste -- is the problem, use paper towels to carefully remove the mess before cleaning the carpet. Take care to lift the mess straight up without further rubbing it into the carpet. Once the problem is removed, begin to clean the spot with plain water and paper towels or clean rags. Blot the area with the paper towels and then using the towels, move in a circular motion clockwise and then repeat going counter clockwise to remove all traces of the mess. Avoid scrubbing the carpet spill as this may damage the fibers of the carpet.

Carpet Cleaning Tip #3: Use the Mildest Form of Cleaner Possible

If plain water does not remove the spill, combine water and a small amount of mild liquid soap. This solution should help remove most stains. However, if you still can't get the spill clean, consider a chemical carpet spot remover. Remember that chemicals can damage carpet fibers and products designed specifically to remove carpet stains may contain dangerous chemicals.

Use chemical products sparingly. Make sure you work in a well ventilated area and wear gloves. Before using a chemical cleaner, test it in a hidden area to make sure it will not discolor or harm your carpet. To clean the spot, apply a small amount of the spot remover to a rag and wipe gently in a circular motion. Rinse with clean water and blot dry with more rags. Remove as much water as possible to avoid mildew or carpet damage.

Taking the time to clean up spills immediately will prevent the unsightly carpet stains and embarrassing carpet odors that may prevent you from enjoying the company of friends and family in your own home.

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