It is always a good feeling when your carpet is freshly cleaned and treated. Wouldn’t it be great if you could keep it clean between treatments? Your business is likely a high traffic area with employees and customers going in and out regularly. This means dirt and grime will get tracked in, drinks and food will get spilled, and accidents will happen, dirtying up your clean carpet. While you can’t call the professionals carpet cleaners in every time it happens, you also don’t want to leave stains, spills, and grime there until the next carpet cleaning and treatment. Here are some tips to help you keep your carpets stain free between cleanings.
Blot, Do Not Rub.
When spills hit your freshly cleaned carpet as they inevitably will, blot the spill to soak it up. If you rub or scrub, you will only spread the stain deeper into your carpet, causing premature breakdown of the fibers and ultimately the carpet. The proper blotting technique begins with a cleaning solution and a clean cloth, sponge, or paper towel. Begin outside the stain, blotting toward the middle with the appropriate amount of pressure to soak up the stain. As with rubbing, if you start blotting at the middle, you will spread the stain further, the opposite of what you are hoping to accomplish.
You may or may not have heard that club soda is the ideal choice for cleaning carpet stains. And it does work well, fairly quickly, and without a great deal of effort if you do it correctly. Pour the club soda generously on the stain. Now, blot with your clean cloth (no rubbing) until the stain is gone. Club Soda works because it is slightly acidic, which means you’ll want to rinse the area with water once the stain has disappeared.
If your stain is set in and the club soda isn’t working, mix equal parts of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spritz it over your stain, leave it for 15 minutes, and blot with a clean sponge or towel. If your stain persists, repeat the process. Once the stain is gone, rinse with warm water and, if needed, brush the carpet with your fingers back in the proper direction. To dry the carpet, place several paper towels over the top to absorb the moisture until the spot is dry.
If an accident happens and blood has made its way on to your company’s carpet, there is a solution. Step one is to mix equal parts water with a mild detergent. Next, spray your mixture on the stain and then scrap off as much blood as you can. Now, apply hydrogen peroxide to the stain and wait for the foaming to begin. Finally, dab the stain and watch it disappear. Dry your carpet thoroughly.
While shaving cream may sound like an unlikely stain remover, it works! Ordinary, traditional shaving cream is actually an effective carpet cleaner for your average, everyday stains. Simply apply the shaving cream to the stain and leave it for 30 minutes. Blot the set cream with a dry clean cloth. Now apply the vinegar and water solution you mixed earlier and blot it way with a clean cloth. Voila! The stain is gone!
Grease-Cutting Dish-Washing Detergent
Another exceptional all-purpose carpet cleaner is two drops of a grease-cutting, dish-washing detergent combined with one cup of water. Mix your solution in a spray bottle and apply it to your stain. Blot it dry and if needed repeat until the stain is gone.
These helpful tips can help you keep your carpet clean between cleaning treatments. Deep cleaning carpet treatments keep your carpet looking new and fresh and are done every four to six months by cleaning professionals like the team at Tidy Team Cleaning Services.