We just celebrated Christmas time, still enjoying Hanukkah and gearing up for New Years Eve. All of which means the time of major baking, cooking and the large social gatherings that are often hosted in our homes. As we prepare for this holiday season and the main social gatherings such as festive parties and family gatherings, we make sure we have plenty of food and drinks for our guests. However, consider preparing for the worst as well. Accidents from spills often occur during large gatherings and parties. We all know that spills and accidents are better cleaned up as they occur rather than later. But how many are really prepared to react to an accident when it happens? Do you have all the different cleaning solutions for all kinds of spills? Do you have plenty of cloths to clean up a stain and most importantly do you know proper techniques to deal with an accident? Tough Carpet Cleaning wants to better prepare you for the worst case scenarios.
Carpet Cleaning & Stain Removal Supplies
Let’s talk about the proper equipment you should have on hand. You don’t need any major machinery for a small spill. If you’re doing a full carpet cleaning then yes a carpet cleaner is what you want. However, let’s just focus on the spills that occur. To begin with, have a good number of white washcloths on hand, cleaned and dried for cleaning up messes. We encourage you to use white, rather than dyed cloths. Colored cloths cause more problems since the dye from the cloth can run into your carpets. Next, have a cleaning solution or solutions on hand for the different spills or accidents. You can use a commercial cleaner or have a few homemade cleaning solutions ready to go. Here are some of the best ingredients to have on hand: White vinegar, rubbing alcohol, ammonia, liquid dish soap, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. However how you combine them changes with the type of spill or stain that lands on your floor. You can use small jars to create a variety of mixes for all types of stains. For a red dye stain you can mix together cold water with dish soap and ammonia. Use dish soap, vinegar, and alcohol for other stains with food coloring in them. Food stains can be cleaned with alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide mixed with water. Baking soda is a good trick for absorbing spills without spreading the liquid. You will need to vacuum up the baking soda.
Methods & Techniques for Removing Carpet Stains
Now for the technique. When a spill occurs, use a dried washcloth to soak up as much of the moisture as possible. Don’t press down too hard. Use just enough pressure to absorb the moisture. Then lightly saturate the stain with the proper cleaning solution. Never scrub at a stain, but only blot gently. You will go between drying with a clean rag to blotting with your clean solution until the stain is removed. A clothes iron can be used on red stains as well. In-between the cleaning solution and the drying phase, use an iron on top of the dry rag as it absorbs the stain. The heat from the iron helps break down the dye and makes it easier to remove. Don’t use too high of a heat with the iron as it can burn some types of carpets.
Carpet Cleaning, Stain & Odor Removal in Las Vegas Valley, Summerlin, North LV & Henderson Nevada
Now you are properly equipped and have the proper techniques ready for any spill that may occur this holiday season. Tough Carpet Cleaning hopes you will be able to battle any stain that you encounter. If you want to prepare your carpet and hard surface floors we can help with that and so much more. Call us today and see what we can do for you!