Tip #1: Don’t procrastinate when dealing with stains.
As we mentioned, there’s no reason to go into a panic when a liquid or sticky substance comes into contact with your rug. However, it is important to get to work right away to prevent additional damage. By moving quickly, you can negate some of the more harmful effects of stain-causing products before they have a chance to bond with rug fibers and seep into the backing.
Tip #2: Avoid scrubbing or rubbing at all costs.
We all do it. Whether it’s tomato sauce on a white shirt or chocolate ice cream on the carpet, our immediate reaction is to rub at the stain as if we were wiping away dry-erase marker from a whiteboard. Rather than rubbing those stains deeper into the carpet, carefully dab or press a cloth onto the stain to soak up as much pigment as possible.
Tip #3: Don’t dab with just any cloth.
It’s great if you remember to dab at the stain instead of rubbing it, but if you’re using a colored cloth, you may be only adding to an already messy situation. Remember, colored or patterned cloths contain dye as well. To prevent further stains, use a fresh white cloth.
Tip #4: Know how to remedy burn stains.
Burn marks are a different category of stains and can be particularly frustrating when you consider the damage fire and extreme heat can do to your rug. Unlike normal stains, dabbing won’t do the trick here.
Take a close look at the rug, and you’ll notice that the burn is likely only affecting the very top portion of the carpet fibers. If this is indeed the case, you’re in luck. Just trim away the burnt bit of each fiber with cosmetic scissors and carefully brush the unaffected fibers around the shorter pieces.
Tip #5: Book regular rug cleaning appointments.
If you’ve started to notice spots on your rug but know they aren’t the result of some kind of accident, it may be because your rug is long overdue for professional cleaning. Professional rug cleaners, like the technicians at Integrity First Chem-Dry, can carefully remove deep-set dirt and grime that has become compacted in your rug over time and manifests as spots or stain-like marks.
Tip #6: Know when to call for professional help.
When it comes to your rug, it’s best not to risk making a wrong move trying to get out stubborn stains from pet urine, coffee, juice, wine, or other highly pigmented substances. After carefully dabbing the stain with a white cloth to absorb excess liquid, call your local Integrity First Chem-Dry technician for spot removal right away.