Carpet Cleaning by ServiceMaster of Mankato in Minnesota
A friend told us about what she considered a “worst case” carpet stain scenario. During the house warming party for their new home, a toddler spilled orange soda on their new white carpeting. Unfortunately, the spill was not discovered until long after the party, and the stain was well set. Drinks with artificial colorings as well as red wine with its naturally dark pigments can be challenges when it comes to carpet stains. For stubborn stains, call ServiceMaster of Mankato to knock out those stains with our professional carpet cleaning service.
For small spills, the best response is to act while the carpet is still wet and before the stain sets into the fibers. Had our friend blotted up the soda right away and then used a soap and enzyme-based cleaner, she would have been better off. If you have carpeting it’s not a bad idea to have a spray bottle of water handy and a supply of paper towels or an absorbent cloth stored with the sprayer. With your “stain extinguisher” you can dilute the liquid and minimize the damage. Then immediately blot up the liquid.
Too often people think they have to scrub the spill away. This will actually force fluids and particles deep into the carpet fibers, making it harder to clean later on and perhaps cause permanent damage. Always blot, sop, and absorb; don’t rub or scrub when first attacking a spill. Get as much of the offending material up and then systematically go after the rest, using the appropriate combination of cleaners.
Thanks to today’s carpeting protectants, a gentle soap and water solution will be sufficient. In cases of strong pigments you may try a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide, followed by soap and water. For stains with ammonia content such as pet accidents, absorb as much as possible first, then use soap and water solutions and use baking soda as a final treatment, vacuuming it up later. Always make sure whatever you use on the carpet is not going to harm it. Don’t use peroxide anywhere near its full strength and avoid anything with bleach as an active ingredient.
With bloodstains always spray with cold water or ice water first to help release and dilute the blood before absorbing the liquid.
Do-it-yourself tips are always helpful, but if done incorrectly can actually make the stain worse or permanent. If you are struggling with stains in your home, don’t hesitate to call a professional carpet cleaning service. Employing the expertise of a residential carpet cleaning company is well worth it when it comes to protecting the investment in your home. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca can tackle the toughest stains and dirtiest carpets. Contact us today and we will gladly treat, clean, sanitize and deodorize your carpets to renew their original beauty and freshness!