Carpet cleaning can be a complex and involved process. Much of this is due to the sheer variety of spots carpeting can encounter in your home or business. Some spots are harder to remove than others, and what works on one may not work on all of them. The difference between spots and stains is that spots are removable. Stains are spots which changed the color of the fiber and are not removable. The most common spots along with to best method to remove them are listed below.
Coffee spots are very common and generally one of the easier spots to get rid of. To remove them, use a cloth, a small amount of water and carpet enzyme. When removing a fresh coffee spot, first start pressing with a cloth from the outer edges of the spot towards the middle as this helps counteract any spreading of the spot. Remember not to scrub as this can damage the carpet fibers and press the spot further into it. After absorbing surface moisture, dampen the area with water (but not too much) and blot it again, this may need to be repeated several times. After all the coffee has been absorbed, apply carpet cleaner as directed by its instructions.
Blood spots can be notoriously difficult to remove without professional aid. However, there are steps that may prove effective depending on the age and severity of the spot. The simplest way is to dab the area with a bit of cold water. For maximum effectiveness, make sure that the spot remains damp and carefully dab it with a wet cloth. Because this type of spot is one of the most difficult to remove completely, it’s best to contact professionals who have the necessary enzymes and tools to properly and effectively get rid of the blood spot.
Inkspot removal can range from the very simple to a bit more involved. Water-based inks are not that difficult to remove. These types of inks can be removed by applying a mixture of detergent and warm water and then blotting the carpet. Permanent inks present a bit more difficulty in removal. A mix of ammonia (roughly 2 tablespoons) and water (1 to 2 cups) can help remove permanent inks but more sensitive carpets (such as wool) should use half a teaspoon of ammonia.
Pet spots are a common issue you may face as a pet owner. The first step is to clean up as much of the initial accident as possible through clean-up or blotting. Next, mix hydrogen peroxide, a few drops of dish detergent, and 2 tbsp of warm water in a spray bottle and spray the affected area. Let the spray sit for roughly 10 minutes and then blot up with a cloth. If the spot remains, re-apply and let it sit longer. A mix of vinegar and baking soda can also prove effective but can take longer to dry.
Carpets encounter a lot of different hazards making regular cleaning an absolute must. However, even in the most perfect of situations, carpet still acquires dirt and is exposed to other debris due to people entering and exiting a home or business. Because of this your carpet should be cleaned every 6 to 12 months by licensed carpet cleaning professionals to improve its appearance, keep it clean and increase its usable lifespan. Positively Perfect Solutions has the experience and skills needed to clean your carpets and remove spots using their Host Dry Extraction Cleaner. Contact us today to learn more about our carpet cleaning services at 770-527-2599. Let us set up a carpet appearance management program for you with twice a year cleaning.