Carpet Spot Cleaning Tips
Removing Spots & Stains
Act quickly! Many spills can be removed when immediate action is taken. The longer you wait, the greater the chance the spill will become a permanent stain.
Step one: Absorb the spill
Blot liquids with a dry, white absorbent cloth or plain white paper towels.
Start at the outside of the spot and continue toward the center to prevent the stain from spreading. Blot until barely damp. Scoop up any semi-solids (like food spills) with a spoon. Solid, dried bits can be vacuumed up.
Step Two: Treat the spot or Stain
Do NOT scrub. Scrubbing can damage the carpet. Follow with a Carpet & Rug Institute Approved carpet cleaning solution. Make sure to pretest on a hidden area of your carpet. Follow the product's directions carefully. Typically apply a small amount of the cleaner to a white cloth and work in gently, from the edges to the center. Blot, don't scrub. You may need to do this several times to remove the spot. If you don't have an approved carpet cleaner, try plain water or a mix of 1/4 teaspoon clear (nonbleach) dishwashing liquid with 1 Cup warm water. Never use laundry detergent, it may contain bleach or be too harsh.
Visit the Carpet & Rug Institute Spot Solver for more suggestions and advice for specific stains.
Left Unattended Urine Can Damage Carpet
Spot Cleaning Tip
Always clean up new messes immediately with paper towels. Pick up any semi-solids with a spoon or spatula. Blot the spot. Do not use a steam cleaner, because the heat will set the stain and the smell. Extracting the urine with a wet-vacuum and rinsing will reduce the odor. Try a solution of one part white vinegar and one part water. Or purchase a Carpet & Rug Institute Seal of Approval Carpet Cleaning product.
Do not scrub. Scrubbing can damage the carpet. Apply a small amount of cleaner to a white cloth and work gently. Blot the spot. Repeat if necessary.
Which Cleaners Work Best for Urine?
Enzymes are the best cleaning agent for urine, vomit or feces. An enzyme is the only cleaning agent that actually eats up bad bacteria. For the best results use an enzyme spotter after you have rinsed the carpet, especially if the spot is not a fresh one. Check pet supply stores for scent-killing products and look for the Carpet & Rug Institute Seal of Approval.
Products to Avoid: Do not use any over the counter products with high pH such as ammonia, Resolve or Oxyclean. Our experience is that these products may set the stain. These products will also leave the carpet with a residue in a high pH state. The carpet will then attract dirt like a magnet. Call Ayoub Carpet Service if you do not know what to use.
Certified carpet cleaning firms know how to permanently remove pet stains and odor. Call Ayoub Carpet Service for professional help.
Maintaining Clean Carpets
There is one simple step to improving the cleanliness of your carpet and the indoor air quality in your home: regular vacuuming with a Carpet & Rug Institute-certified machine. Vacuuming helps keep carpets clean. It also protects the fibers from a buildup of dirt and prolongs the life of the carpet. Carpet fibers serve as a trap for allergens and other particles, reducing their continued circulation in the air. At the same time, vacuums that effectively remove and contain soil will help carpets last longer and keep them looking great.
Most professionals recommend vacuuming at least once or twice a week, and high-traffic areas should be cleaned more often. Vacuuming also lead to better air quality within the home.
Shoes track in a lot of dirt. Remove shoes after entering the home, this will prevent germs, soil, and other particles from getting on the carpet.
Door mats are also useful in keeping unwanted dirt outside.
Disclaimer: Use these techniques at your own risk. Always read the directions on any spotter before using. Pre-test each spooter in an inconspicuous area before using. If the stain or odor persists, call Ayoub Carpet Service.