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It’s Summertime! School is out for the year and kids are home for the summer.  While that does mean lots of fun, cookouts, vacations, pool time, and fun in the sun, it also means more messes!

With the kids home more often during summer, spills and stains are bound to happen on our carpets and area rugs.  But don’t worry! We’ve got all the best tips for fighting stains on your carpets and area rugs. 

Act Fast When Fighting Stains!

The faster you act the better you’ll be able to deal with the stain.  Set in stains are way harder to remove and could discolor the carpet permanently.  So as soon as a spill or accident happens, move quickly!

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Debris Removal

If there is any physical debris, remove it before doing anything else.  Be careful not to press the debris deeper into the fibers of the carpet as you are picking it up.  Using too much pressure while picking up loose debris could push it further into the fibers. 

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Stain Removal

Once any loose debris is picked up, gently dab the stained area with a clean damp cloth or paper towel.  Using a white cloth is best so no colors bleed or transfer onto your carpets or area rugs.  You may have to dab at the stain for a while, so be patient and persistent.  If you have caught the stain quick enough, this may be all you need to do! However, if the spill or accident has set for a while or if just dabbing with water is not working, you will have to try a stain remover. 

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Stain Removing Solutions

Spray any remaining stain with a carpet stain remover solution.  Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and always test in an inconspicuous spot first.  Also, make sure you get all the solution out of the carpet after cleaning the stain.  Use a damp cloth and go over the spot until no solution is remaining.  Leaving solution behind could create a bigger mess on your carpets, attracting even more dirt over time.

You can also try cleaning the stain with a vinegar solution. For a homemade carpet stain remover, try mixing one part vinegar with two parts water.  This is a great solution to try on pet stubborn pet stains.  And the vinegar helps to kill urine smells.  

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CAUTION

We wouldn’t suggest using any solutions on your area rugs.  Area rugs can easily be damaged if not cleaned properly. If you have a stain on your area rug that you can’t dab away, call us!

Fighting Common Stains:

The following is a list of common types of stains and ideas on fighting these stains.

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Melted Wax

If you’ve got a candle that fell over or a wax melt warmer that fell, then you’ve got a mess of wax in your carpet! To remove candle wax, rub some ice on the wax until it hardens.  Then, gently break up the wax and vacuum up the pieces. Once the wax pieces are gone, then treat the spot with a carpet cleaner or a white cloth dampened with a small amount of rubbing alcohol.  Blot the area to dry.

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Coffee or Tea Stains

To get coffee or tea stains out of carpet, you could try a mixture of hydrogen peroxide with a small amount of dish soap.  Mix 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with 1 tablespoon of dish soap.  Blot the spill first, then apply the solution.  Let it sit for a few seconds before working in the solution with your fingers.  Rinse with water, blot and repeat until the stain is gone and all the solution is out of the carpet.

Remember, always test any solution in a small inconspicuous place before spraying it over the stain.  Some solutions and homemade mixtures could damage the fibers of your carpet or area rug.

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Urine Stains

Urine spots in carpets and area rugs could discolor the fibers if you don’t act quickly.  Do not let urine sit in the carpet and dry.  You need to act fast when a urine accident happens.  Blot up as much urine as you can with a dry cloth.  Then you’ll need an enzymatic cleaner.  Follow the instructions on the cleaner to finish cleaning up the urine stain.  Enzyme cleaners work to destroy the urine stain and odor. 

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Wine or Juice Stains

Whether it’s the kids spilling their juice or you spilling yours, there’s an easy way to clean up wine or juice spills.  Remember to act fast! If there’s been an accident involving red wine, white wine, grape juice or other vibrantly colored beverages, start by spritzing the stain with club soda.  Then blot it with a clean microfiber cloth.  Repeat until the stain is gone. Once the stain is gone, be sure to dab with water to remove any residue left over.

Be CAREFUL

It’s always ok to try to clean up stains on your own, but it’s also always better to just call in the professionals. Especially if you are not feeling very confident in your removal abilities.  Many products that are sold can actually make the stain worse if not used properly.  Sometimes, you can do more damage than good.  Especially when trying to clean stains on area rugs. 

Some area rugs are made of materials that aren’t meant to get wet at all.  Accidents do happen, but if they are not properly taken care of and dried properly, area rugs can become discolored and fibers can be damaged. 

Instead of trying to tackle stains on your own, just call us! We will give you a free quote.  Also, we’ll give you an honest opinion on whether or not the stain is able to come out.  And, our free quote includes everything.  We won’t upcharge you if we have to use extra products to remove the stain.  The price we quote is the price you’ll pay, even if we have to use all of our special stain removers!  And we offer free pick up and deliver on your area rug cleanings.