Carpet Cleaning Tips – 2 of 2
As promised, here are some more tips to help you keep your carpets looking clean and fresh between carpet cleanings.
1. Your Feet are the Enemy: Believe it or not, one of the things that dirties your carpet the most isn’t something dramatic like spilling a drink or some food, it’s just walking on it with bare feet. Despite how clean you believe your feet are, they are, unfortunately, always dirty. Your feet give off oil and sweat and when you walk around barefoot, all of that transfers onto the carpet. To make matters worse, though, the oil and sweat acts like a magnet to dirt. Soon, the areas you frequently walk across will get dirtier faster, traffic areas will appear, and your feet will have conquered the carpet. So how do you prevent this from happening? The answer is simple: wear socks.
2. Water is Hardly the Answer: If you’ve seen someone pour water over a carpet stain in order to get it out . . . you can blame them when the stain comes back. Pouring water on a stain may make it look like it’s fading, and in one way it is. The water loosens some of the staining material, which allows it to sink into the carpet pile and pad, making it appear to go away. Over time, though, the stains will lift back up and reappear, and this time they will be very difficult to get rid of. So, if pouring water isn’t the way to get rid of stains, what is? Obviously, you can’t hire carpet cleaning companies every time there’s a spill. So what do you do?
3. Blot, Blot, Blot: When you do – and you will – spill something, the first thing you have to do is blot up as much of the spill as possible. Get paper towels, actual towels, or even toilet paper and apply pressure to the stain using them. Absorb as much as you can with one towel and then do the same with another, and another, and another. If you start right away and spend a decent amount of time blotting, you can actually get quite a bit of the stain out. Of course, when you’ve run out of moisture to absorb, you may still have still have a bit of a stain. At that point, if you have any Oxi Spotter, put a small amount on the stain and use a towel to gently scrub the area, so as to remove whatever the Spotter is loosening. It may not be professional carpet stain removal, but it’ll do the job in a pinch.
4. Remember Oxi Fresh: All of these tips are delaying the inevitable, though, and one day you’ll need a carpet cleaning. When that happens, just remember to give Oxi Fresh a call. Our fast drying carpet cleaning will get rid of the dirt and stains that managed to slip in through your defenses, plus we can apply a carpet protector to help keep the stains out even longer.
Well, hopefully these tips help you out and you’ll be able to keep your carpets looking nice and clean. Good luck!