1. Vacuum your carpet on a regular basis. Vacuuming is crucial to the life of your carpet and it can improve indoor air quality when used with the proper filtration.
2. Remove spots immediately. The longer a spot remains on the carpet fibers, the better chance there is of it becoming a stain – and stains are harder to remove.
3. Do not use too much detergent, spot remover, or shampoos. This can result in residual remaining in the carpet.
4. Determine whether a stain is water based or oil based. This will help you decide the type of cleaner you need to remove the carpet stain.
5. When using an unfamiliar carpet cleaning solution, test it on the carpet in an inconspicuous spot first.
6. Start with the mildest cleaning solution you can for cleaning your carpets or removing stains. Use only stronger cleaning solutions for tough to remove carpet stains.
7. Always neutralize high alkaline or acid cleaners after use.
8. Try not to scrub or brush a stain too hard. This can drive it in deeper and loosen the carpet fibers. Always blot or dab a stain or spot.
9. Never over wet a carpet or rug. This can lead to carpet shrinkage and/or adhesion problems.
10. A homemade carpet cleaning solution can be made with 1/4 teaspoon of dish soap to 1 quart of water. Be sure the dish soap does not contain bleach or lanolin.
11. Lemon juice without any added ingredients can remove some stubborn carpet and rug stains.
12. Always allow a carpet cleaner to sit on a spot or stain for 10 minutes or so before trying to remove it
13. When rinsing or cleaning with water or a homemade water solution, use hot water instead of cold.
14. A homemade carpet cleaner can be made from clear household ammonia. Try 1 teaspoon of ammonia with 1/2 cup of water. Do not over saturate the carpet or you’ll get the carpet backing wet underneath.
15. Apply water to the carpet before and after most spot cleaning situations unless the stain is ink.
16. Rinse the area well after cleaning it to be sure all the cleaning solution is gone. You can use a dry wet vac to help suck any soap residue and moisture out of the carpet fibers once the stain is removed.
17. Do not allow a treated area to dry to slowly. This can allow the carpet to become soiled again or can promote mold or mildew.
18. Verify the type of carpet you have before tackling a stain. The carpet type will determine a specific cleaning technique as well as a cleaning solution.
19. You cannot clean carpet with water alone. It will not fully remove the contaminants from the carpet fibers or padding.
20. Never use heat from a hair dryer or iron to dry a carpet stain. This can result in permanently sealing the stain.
21. When dealing with a stubborn stain, it can be best to call in a professional carpet cleaner before making it worse or damaging your carpet.
22. Give us a call at One Call Carpet Cleaning and we’ll help you with your Spring Cleaning needs, 760-504-6608