If you own a carpet then you know the feeling of every New Jersey carpet owner when something has spilled, dripped, or fell onto a carpet. The unbearable feeling of anxiety and pity looms around the room as people sadly stare at the carpet and the carpet owner. Everyone knows that a simple drip could stain and forever ruin your whole carpet. But what can you do? You should act calm because you can still save that carpet if you know what to do.
Here is a simple list of first aid treatments for your precious carpet.
The most important rule to remember is to clean the mess immediately. Do this or your carpet might be ruined and may soon need replacement. If something was spilled, quickly get a cloth. Gently remove solid matters then lift as much of the liquid as possible. Clean the affected area by dampening a piece of cloth or sponge to blot the stain. Take note that blotting is the motion you should use because scrubbing may weaken carpet fibers and could cause the stain to further spread. You may also use a mild dish washing liquid to help lift stains and clean the carpet. Another trick, instead of using dish washing liquid, try to use club soda and vinegar. These have the same effect on carpet and will help in removing stains. If these are not instantly available, use any product that’s made for cleaning clothing.
Wicking is a form of stain that may be prevented. Wicking happens when liquid remains deep inside the carpet so that even after you have lifted the liquid on the carpet’s surface you still get the same stain on the same spot the following day. Avoid wicking by covering the affected area with dry cloth and weighing them down with heavy things such as books. Leave this overnight to allow the cloth to lift even the liquid found deep within the carpet.
In cleaning carpet stains, it would also be helpful to know what the stain is. Different kinds of stains may be effectively and efficiently removed by different products. Grease and ink stains for example are best removed using dry-cleaning fluid, dishwashing liquid, and warm water. Juice and wine stains are best removed with the use of laundry detergent, like warm water or ammonia, and club soda.
Now you know better when something accidentally spills on your carpet. Don’t be too quick throw in the towel. In the event that you have a hard time in removing certain stains, you may want to contact a local New Jersey professional carpet cleaning company. For a fair amount, they can clean your carpets for you and make them look like new!