A rather tedious chore to remedy, is treating the carpet spots and stains following a spill. When treating these blemishes, it is essential you apply proper techniques to avoid making the circumstances worse and effectively remove the spots and stains. Doing even the slightest wrong technique can result in permanent damage or staining. To avoid making the situation potentially worse, we at Heart of Texas Chem-Dry would like to share how following the proper techniques can be more effective and how to avoid doing them wrong to prevent further trouble.
How to Remove Old Stains from Carpet
1) Scoop up excess spills from carpet. There are certain stains, spots and spills that require the removal of the surface mess before you can treat the residues. The semi-solid or solid spills along with the gummy substances, or hard substances will need to be scraped off the top of the carpet. Use a spoon, butter knife, or spatula. During the technique, it is important to remember to go in at the right angle and not use extreme pressure to avoid spreading it out or pushing into the fibers. Additionally, you are cutting the carpet, just scraping off the surface; it may require a pre-treatment before the substance can be easily removed from the carpet. Once it is gone, you can treat the remaining residues.
2) Removing excess liquid spills from carpet. In the event the spill was all or mostly liquid, you need to sop up the excess moisture. Over saturation on carpets, especially if left for any length of time, can lead to damage varieties and even mold growth. Before using any cleaner that will had to the excessive moisture, you need to use your choice of towel, paper towel, or cloth to absorb as much of the liquid as possible. Use moderate to extreme pressure to pull up as much liquid using blot-like techniques. If you happen to have a wet/dry vac or a carpet cleaning machine, they would be more efficient at removing the liquid as well.
3) Blot carpet stains. When treating spills, blotting is the primary technique that you will use the majority of the time. Many will go straight to scrubbing or rubbing the mess; this will only lead to pushing the substance deeper into the fibers and spread it out further, making the mess worse. To better contain the spill and efficiently remove the blemish, start blotting on the outer rim and work your way towards the center. Whether you are sopping up liquids, using a cleaner to remove residues, or trying to rinse the carpet cleaner from the surface, blotting is the technique you need.
4) Test carpet cleaners. A patch test is just as important to your technique as the other basics listed above. Whether you prefer to make your homemade remedies or opt to purchase commercial store-bought premade carpet cleaners, perform a patch test. Even if you have used the concoction or cleaner in the past, the fibers could be different, or the cleaner may have been reformulated and the chemicals can cause the coloring to fade or lighten or even damage the fibers all together.
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When your Texas carpets have stains and spots, they can be trickier than you may suppose to remove efficiently. To ensure your carpets are cleaned correctly and the blemishes are effectively removed, call Heart of Texas Chem-Dry and let our experts take care of your carpet.