Carpets are an essential part of a room's aesthetic appearance; however, they often get stained by pets, children or even wine and coffee spills. If the stains do not get attended to promptly, they may end up becoming permanent which not only reduces the aesthetic appeal, but the value of the carpet as well.
There are plenty of professional upholstery cleaning services around you can call upon to handle the stain. However, before the professional cleaners get to the carpet, it is up to you to ensure that the stain doesn't spread or get smudged further.
According to professional carpet cleaners, here are the steps you should take to ensure the carpet stain removal is easy and efficient. Following these simple guidelines could make the difference between requiring a new carpet and retaining the appeal of your carpet.
Jump into action the moment a stain occurs
Whenever a smudge or a spill occurs on a rug, the most important step you can take is to attend to the situation as promptly as possible. The more times a spill or a stain remains unattended to, the deeper it goes into the fibers of the carpet.
If you leave the stain unattended for hours waiting for a professional cleaning service to come to the rescue, there is very little they can do to salvage the appearance of the carpet.
Start by removing excess liquid or smudge substance
Irrespective of what the stain or blemish is, it could be your pet's or child's poop or urine for that matter, immediately remove the excess of it that hasn't been absorbed by the carpet.
You can use a piece of absorbent cloth or tissue to gently blot the surface of the carpet where the spill is to absorb as much spill as possible before it diffuses further into the carpet fibers. As for robust and semi-solid smudges such as poop and foods, pick them up very gently to avoid smudging.
In both cases, do not rub on the stain as this makes it harder to remove the stain from the inner fibers of the carpet.
Utilize cleaning products as sparingly as possible
Before trying out a stain remover on the affected area, it is advisable to first test the product on an inconspicuous area of the carpet. Additionally, you must use small amounts of the carpet stain remover on the stain so as to avoid saturating the carpet.
Check if the cleaning product's user manual dictates that you give it a few moments to take effect, and make sure you respect the grace period provided. Once the specified amount of time gets achieved, you can now use a slightly damp cloth to blot over the stain.
Note: These steps are for simple carpet stain removal; hence, they may not work for some severe stain without the aid of professional upholstery cleaner.