Even though you want to avoid carpet stains at all costs, there is always a chance for accidents. And beyond that, sometimes it is impossible to get a stain out on your own. If you have a stain that you are having difficulty getting out of your carpets after some standard cleaning options, it may be time to talk to a professional to get it removed and have your carpets looking as good as new.
In-between whether or not to DIY? We can help. Read on to find your perfect route, courtesy of CCS Cleaning & Restoration, your Faribault carpet cleaning experts.
What You Can Do First
Once you have discovered a stain in your carpet, you can try to get it out with your regular cleaning techniques. This can include blotting the stain and trying to clean it with a carpet cleaner that you can get from the store. You should use the instructions that are included with the cleaner to get the stain out.
If you have tried the instructions on the carpet cleaner and you have not been able to get the stain out of your carpet, your next step is to speak to a professional about getting your carpet cleaned. Professionals have more options available and more powerful cleaners and techniques to get out even the toughest stains from your carpet.
Mind Your Flooring Products
While you’re working to get the stain out yourself, always test for colorfastness in an inconspicuous area of the carpeting first. Though you may assume that a given cleaning product is safe to use on it—it says so on the bottle, after all—it’s always better to be safe than sorry. And it goes without saying, but only use products and methods that are specifically deemed safe for carpeting—ideally the exact carpeting type you have. What works for hardwood might not work for carpeting and in some cases can actually make the stain worse.
Consider the Nature of the Stain
You’ll also want to consider the nature of the stain before launching into trying to tackle it. Spilled wine will require a different course of action than, say, a pet accident, which is likely to require some measure of odor control in addition to the stain removal. Coincidentally, the latter problem is so common that we’ve written a blog answering a few FAQs on it.
What the stain is made out of can also influence what might worsen it, so it pays to know fully what you’re dealing with before proceeding. For example, according to the Humane Society of the United States, when it comes to pet accidents, “Avoid using steam cleaners to clean urine odors from carpet or upholstery. The heat will permanently set the stain and the odor by bonding the protein into any man-made fibers.”
Indeed, not all stains are created equally, as anyone who has ever done a load of laundry will know. Do your research and tailor your approach to the given stain and you maximize your chances of lifting it.
How a Professional Can Help
If you do need to talk to a professional, you will want to do so as soon as possible so that the stain does not become too set before someone can come out to clean it. The longer you wait to clean a stain, the harder it will be to clean.
A residential cleaning services professional can come out to assess the stain and determine the correct method that should be used to remove it from the carpet. After taking a look at the stain and determining what it is, if possible, they can get right to work to make your carpets look even better than before. While you are getting the stain removed, you may even want to consider getting all of your carpets cleaned so they look and feel great all over your home, not just in the place where the stain was located.
Professional Spot Dying: A Potential Stain-Eliminating Avenue
When you opt for professional help, you gain access to a whole new world of techniques that wouldn’t be available to you otherwise. For instance, as we cover in our blog on the topic, spot-dying is a professionals-only method for stains that just won’t lift. It can save you a lot of time, money, and hassle by replacing the color that may have faded thanks to the stain. Because it’s a delicate process and only certain stains and carpets can qualify, this is one job that’s best left to a provider of cleaning services like us.
CCS Cleaning & Restoration: We Make Stains History
If you have discovered a stain on your carpet and have not been able to clean in with your regular cleaning tactics, now is the time to call CCS Cleaning & Restoration to take care of the stain in your home. We can come out to take a look at the stain and let you know if it is something that we can do as well as give you a quote for the cleaning.
To learn more about your stain-busting opportunities with our carpet and rug cleaning team, reach our Faribault office today at 507-334-1774.