When you get a serious stain on your carpet, it can be a huge hassle to remove it. Sometimes no matter how hard you work to remove a stain, it just gets deeper. Even after applying the best cleaning tools you have, it can seem like certain stains set immediately, never to be blotted out. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. There are many ways to get carpet stains under control from the comfort of your own home, even if you don’t catch those stains right away. If you want to eliminate dirt and odor from carpet, here are a few helpful tips.
When you first notice a stain, you might also notice some excess on your carpet, especially if the stain-causing material is solid, like jam or butter. If this is the case, try to remove as much excess as you can with a knife or paper towel, being very gentle and careful not to push the debris further into the carpet’s fibers. Avoid vacuuming at this point in order to assess the damage and avoid a deeper stain. Once you’ve done this, you can see how big a stain you’re actually working with.
Use the Right Cleaner
Depending on the material of your carpet and the type of stain you’re dealing with, you’ll want to choose the best cleaner for the job. You’ll also want it to be the right temperature. Some liquids like blood or wine require cold water or club soda, while other, more solid stains require a more intensive cleaning agent. If you’re dealing with more solid stains, a dry carpet cleaner will be best. Some spot cleaners can be left overnight to do the work of pulling the stain out of the rug’s fibers. With stains from pets, you can find special cleaners from pet stores to remove the final traces of urine stains as well as the odor that sometimes gets left behind.
Blot, Don’t Rub
Our first impulse with a stain is to be aggressive, pulling, prodding, and scraping the offending material off of each fiber. However, this is not the best way to treat an aggressive stain. The more zealous you are about cleaning a certain stain, the deeper you could end up pushing the dirt and odor into the base layer of your carpet. Be gentle and use your cleaning agent to blot out the stain with light up and down motions.
When you’ve done all you can do for a stain, it might be time to reach out to a carpet cleaning company to get the job done. Some stains are too deep or dark to begin with, and in this case–especially if an unpleasant odor has started to emerge–you’ll want to entrust your carpet to the professionals. This will help ensure your carpet the best treatment, and also increase the longevity of your carpet in the long run.