10 Best Carpet Cleaning Tips Maple Grove
We know how it goes: you’ve got beautiful carpet in your living, perfect to match your favorite decor and furniture. And then, as you watch in horror, the dog runs across the carpet with wet, muddy paws. What are you going to do?!? Have no fear; we’ve got the best carpet cleaning tips Maple Grove!
Professional carpet cleaners do the best job at getting stains, spills, and odors out of your carpet. They are often your best line of defense against carpet stains. But keep in mind, there are some quick and easy ways to clean up the mess, or at least do damage control. Here are some DO’s and DON’Ts of carpet cleaning Maple Grove.
Most Importantly: Don’t Wait!
When you notice a stain, spot, or pet mess, clean the area immediately. Follow the tips below and do your to keep the stain from setting. If the substance seeps into the carpet fibers and the padding, you could be looking at a more extensive cleaning process. Remove the debris as best you can. With liquid stains, it’s best to gently dab the area clean with a white cloth. More solid residue can be removed gently or by vacuuming the area. Immediately scrubbing the stain may permanently damage the carpet or cause the stain to not come out.
Blot – don’t scrub! – the area with a white cloth. This will help avoid grinding the debris or soaking the liquid deeper into the carpet fibers. This, in turn, makes it more difficult to remove. You love your pet, but you don’t want dark muddy spots as a permanent reminder of your furry friend. Scrubbing the stain, as with any type of cleaning on fabric can make the situation worse! Using a white cloth to blot will further ensure that you don’t make the stain worse by introducing a new color or dye into the mix.
Test the Carpet for Colorfastness
In order to confidently remove the stain and have no remaining marks on your carpet, it’s important to test your carpet. Your carpet is made up of fibers that are essentially dyed. This will make sure the color will not fade, bleed or otherwise be ruined by your efforts. Test a small area of the same carpet, such as in the back of a closet or other hidden area. If your carpet looks fine after spot-treating the hidden area, you are good to go on cleaning up the major stain.
Don’t Dive in Head First
Before you immediately run for the carpet cleaners or harsh chemicals, try to get the stain out with water. Sometimes (depending on the substance), using water will do the trick. In the very least, it will help you dilute a liquid or break up any solid mess. Be sure to rinse the area really well, and then dry it. The easier you are on your carpet, the longer it is going to last.
After you’ve tried to blotted out the debris and determined that plain water will not do the trick, it’s time to pre-treat the area with your chosen cleaner. This will allow the cleaner to saturate the carpet in that section. Allow the pre-treatment to saturate the carpet fibers all the way down to the pad of the carpet, to make sure you get all of the stain out.
Don’t Forget to Rinse with Water
Rinsing your carpet stain with water after you clean it will allow you to see if your efforts were fruitful. It’s also important to do this to avoid getting build-up on your carpet after you are done. Also, if your carpet isn’t completely clean, any dirt or debris will collect on that spot.
Use a Steam Cleaner or Rug Shampooer
A steam cleaning machine or rug shampooer can be a good investment if you have children and/or pets. The hot water along with the suction allows for the deepest and most thorough clean for non-professional carpet cleaning. Renting a steam cleaner or shampooer can be another option.
To avoid the stain spreading or getting worse, start on edge of the stain and work your way inward toward the middle. Dabbing from the edges will help you avoid accidentally re-staining the area surrounding the spot.
Use a Fan to Speed Up the Drying Process
Letting your carpet air-dry might sound like the smart thing to do, but it’s actually the opposite. Fans and specialized equipment will allow the moisture in the carpet to evaporate more quickly. This will help you avoid the possibility of mildew and mold to grow in your home, as damp carpet and fabrics can trap the moisture, giving it a warm place to grow.
Preventative Carpet Cleaning Tips Maple Grove
- Use welcome mats to collect debris and to prevent them from being tracked into the house
- Have a “shoes off” rule in your home
- Deep clean your carpets regularly to keep ahead of the mess
- Vacuum often, using cross-wise strokes to pull up as much dirt and debris as possible
- Use HEPA filters in your vacuum and on your furnace to trap allergens
Try Eco-Friendly Options
There are many different organic ways you can clean your carpets, not just with a stain, but your entire carpet, as well. Club soda and vinegar are two popular eco-friendly options for carpet cleaning. You can also use baking soda, lemon juice and salt, ammonia, and hydrogen peroxide to clean your carpet or to spot-clean.