When it comes to their carpets, many homeowners are quite protective. If a spill occurs, they do everything they can to remove the stain, they are very strict about no shoes on the carpet, and carpets are frequently vacuumed. Unfortunately, when it comes to carpets, there are too many mistakes’ people do that can permanently ruin or make the issue worse. In an effort to help you avoid them before extra harm is caused, we at Steam Masters would like to share the biggest no nos of treating carpet spots and messes today.
Using Too Much or Too Hot Water to Treat Carpet Stains
In addition to potentially contributing the mold and mildew growth, over saturation can cause damage to the sub-floor and carpets. Hot water can cause stains to set in as well. The same effect can happen on the carpets, much like washing a shirt in hot water, causing the stain to become permanent. To treat spills on the carpets, lukewarm or cool water should be used and in minimal doses.
Skipping the Patch Carpet Cleaning Test
People skip the patch test all too often. The cleaner is used where it compromises the carpet’s color or integrity, no matter if they become too familiar with a product or presume a homemade mixture is safe. To ensure there are no problems with cleaner, always perform your patch test in an inconspicuous area, no matter if it is your first time or 100th time in any case.
Using Dyed, or Printed Cloths on Carpet Stains
During the process of cleaning up a mess on the carpets, paper towels, rags, cloths, and towels are commonly used. The dye or print can be inadvertently transferred onto the carpets during the process if these items are not white. To avoid making the spots and stains worse, be certain to stick with plain white carpet cleaning tools.
Scrubbing Rather than Blotting Carpet Stains
Out of frustration, homeowners will often attack the spots and stains out. Only causing the substance to spread out and get pushed down they will scrub and rub with vigor. Blot the exterior of the spot first and work towards the center for better containment to properly treat a mess on the carpets, blot, using pressure and patting motions.
Not Rinsing or Drying Carpet
When they are satisfied with the results, many people will walk away. Causing the area to look brown in a few days, the cleaning substances left on the surface, if not properly blotted away, can attract dust and debris. Follow up with a clean, water-damp cloth and blot away the cleaner after you treated the area. To avoid water damage, use dry towel afterwards to pull up the residual moisture. Place a towel on the top and weight it down over night to lift the moisture if necessary.
Neglecting to Clean Spill on Carpet Right Away
Many people will leave the spill on the carpets and treat it when they have an opportunity with busy life schedules. In addition to causing odors to develop, not treating spills and accidents can cause the stains to be more challenging to remove. For more effective results, immediately treat spills and accidents.
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