If you have a carpet in your home, there is no doubt it is very easy to spill all kinds of things on it. For this reason, it is also likely that the carpet will become stained over time despite your best efforts to prevent them.
However, you can minimize or even eliminate stains from appearing with proper carpet stain removal.
Here are some practical strategies to avoid carpet stains:
- Clean spills as soon as they happen
When any type of liquid or food spills onto a carpet, you should clean up the mess immediately after it occurs.
Spilled liquids will absorb into the carpet’s fibers and leave behind either an oily residue or a hard-to-remove solid stain depending on what was spilled.
If you cannot clean up the mess quickly, at least take measures to contain it by using a piece of cardboard or other flat item placed over the spill.
- Use coasters under glasses and mugs
Accidents can happen with even the most meticulous housekeeper, but if you try not to let your drinks touch the carpet, this will significantly reduce stains.
Never place glass directly onto a rug without first putting down a coaster – this is particularly important for wooden floors and carpets.
Any moisture that seeps into these surfaces can cause damage that will result in permanent stains or warped floorboards/paddings.
- Dab rather than wiping spills
When you use cloth materials to scrub at spills, you can end up pushing the spilled particles further into the carpet. Instead, you should always dab spills with a clean cloth or paper towel – do not wipe.
- Vacuum regularly
Regular vacuuming of your carpets is the single best thing that you can do to prevent stains from occurring.
Dirt and dust mites can combine with oil from our skin and hair to form an oily film on our carpets, resulting in yellowing over time. In addition, leaving dirt on a carpet encourages spillages as it creates a “smear barrier” for liquid spills!
Try to vacuum at least once every day if possible but remember that even a weekly vacuuming will significantly reduce future stains.
- Use professional cleaners
Stains on a carpet are inevitable, but professional stain removal services can often minimize the damage.
In addition, if you have had a nasty spill or if your pet has urinated on the carpet, consider hiring a professional cleaner to clean and remove traces of any staining from your carpets.
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