Even the cleanest people find themselves with carpet stains. Despite your best efforts, you will probably step in gum or something else unpleasant, have company who is less-than-careful with food and drink, or find that your furry friend isn’t as diligent about staying clean as you wish.
When you find yourself needing a quick fix to clean your carpet, use one of these tips from the pros at Zerorez to keep your carpet looking good as new.
Techniques and Products
Blotting versus rubbing
First of all, lose your tendency to rub and scrub those stains, as they can cause it to not only spread, but to also become deeper embedded into the fibers. Instead, use a damp cloth, sponge, or towel with your chosen cleaning solution and blot from the outside in, allowing the spill to be absorbed into your cleaning tool rather than into the carpet.
One of the least expensive and most effective carpet cleaners to keep on hand is none other than your general shaving cream. Simply apply it directly to any stain and allow it to sit for about 30 minutes, and then wipe it away with a damp cloth. If necessary, you can blot the spot with a solution of white vinegar and water to ensure there is no residual stain.
Common Tough Stains
There’s nothing quite like the unpleasant surprise of finding sticky gum stuck to your shoe, and then carpet, and then hardwood, etc. While it may seem hopeless, there is an easy trick for getting gum out of your carpets. Simply get some ice,and hold it against the gum until it freezes. Once it’s frozen, use a spoon, or even tweezers to lift out as much gum as possible, and then use scissors to cut the individual fibers right at the gum line. Make sure to cut individual fibers so that they are not noticeable when they blend in with the surrounding carpet.
Cleaning grease from your carpet is as easy as cleaning it from your dishes. Use a solution of dish soap and water to lift the grease from your carpet. Spray or drop the stain with the solution, and then use a dry towel or rag to blot the stain away. You may need to repeat the cleaning a few times to get the stain out.
Perhaps one of the most unsightly stains is blood, but you can easily remove blood with hydrogen peroxide. Once you’ve moistened it with some water and scraped off as much as you can, spray it with hydrogen peroxide and then dab away.
The best way to keep your carpets clean and fresh is to have them cleaned professionally. Contact the pros at Zerorez today to schedule your next professional cleaning.