Want to learn how you can do spot cleaning for carpets and rugs? Beverage spills, dirty shoeprints, a pet who enjoys playing in the mud- all of these things are a part of the hassle of buying a beautiful carpet for your living room or a brand-new area rug. You definitely cannot prevent these things, but you can know to get rid of them.
There are lots of ways in which you can remove stains from the carpets. However, it will benefit you in the long run if you are well-educated with some tested and approved methods and techniques to remove the stains from your favorite carpet or rug.
Most carpets and rugs come with a “Spot Clean Only” label. But what is spot cleaning for carpets and rugs?
Spot cleaning means cleaning a visible stain or spot from a garment or fabric by hand without treating it with any wet or dry cleaning process. The “Spot Clean Only” label is generally found on high-end garments or fabrics. These items could be fragile, handmade, or a blend of dyes and expensive materials. Thus, special care must be taken of such things so they do not get spotted or heavily soiled, making them extremely difficult to clean.
Continue reading the article to know how to do spot cleaning for carpets and rugs.
In case of a fresh beverage spill, immediately take another clean cloth (preferably white to avoid color transfer) and dab it on the stain. Do not vigorously rub the towel on the stain; gently pat it outward-to-inwardly and let it blot the stain. Next, take a spray bottle, fill it with clean water, and spritz it on the stain. Make sure that you do not over-soak it. Then blot the stained area with another clean white cloth and allow it to dry.
Directly pour a capful of hydrogen peroxide. Using the three percent solution readily available at drug stores is preferable. Let the hydrogen peroxide sit on the stain for five minutes, dab it with a clean cloth, and let it dry.
If you stain your rug with a substance that contains a lot of fat, place a paper napkin or towel over the affected area and then iron it. You will notice that the oil, grease, or wax has come off the carpet and has stuck to the paper towel.
Chewing Gum gets stuck in all the bizarre places, and your carpets and rugs are no exception. In such a case, put some ice on the gum to freeze it. Take a blunt object and shatter the frozen gum. Immediately vacuum the hardened gum pieces.
Shoeprints and trails of your pet’s creativity destroy the beauty of the carpets with muddy stains. Do not vacuum or start cleaning it instantly. Let the carpet dry and avoid rubbing it, as it will deepen the dirty stains. Once completely dry, vacuum the dirt until it is picked up. A lighter stain will be left behind, which can be easily cleaned with dish soap and warm water.
Method 1: In a spray bottle, mix cold water and dish soap until the soap dissolves. Spray it on the bloodstain on the carpet or rug and soak it thoroughly. You might need extra spraying if the blood has dried. As mentioned in the previous part, take a clean white cloth and try to blot as much blood as possible. You may also use a paper napkin as it is easier to dispose of a paper napkin. Repeat the above process as often as required if the stain does not disappear on the first attempt.
Method 2: Mix half a cup of warm water with one tablespoon of ammonia. Take clean cotton or cloth and dab it on the stain until it is lifted completely. You can also follow this method in case of ketchup or any other acidic substance.
Try to get rid of the stain immediately. Never wait for some time since the longer the stain sits on the carpet, the more it will soak in.
If you do not have any of the abovementioned ingredients required for cleaning, purchase a drugstore spot cleaning product beforehand, and follow the instructions mentioned. We hope this article was sufficient to solve all your queries regarding how to spot-clean a carpet or a rug. Contact us f you need professional help with upholstery cleaning, office carpet cleaning, or rug cleaning services.