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July is National Carpet Cleaning Month!

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

It’s July and that means it’s National Carpet Cleaning Month (NCCM)!!! 

What? You forgot all about this important event and haven’t put up your NCCM decorations yet or bought your carpet cleaning supplies yet? Well, no need to worry! We are here to help with some carpet cleaning tips to help your observation of NCCM go smoother! 

The first step in treating a carpet stain is to blot the spot working from the outside and going towards the center. Then rinse the spot thoroughly and blot again. Resist the urge to scrub the stain, as it could damage your carpet.  

If you have a water-soluble stain, such as alcoholic beverages, juice, berries, soda, food dyes, ice cream, jelly, wet or latex paint and excrement, use a cleaning solution made up of 1/4 teaspoon of nonbleach detergent (or white vinegar) mixed with 32 ounces of water.  

There are some water-soluble stains, such as wine, blood, chocolate, coffee, tea and vomit, that are particularly difficult to treat.  In these cases, try using 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed with 1 cup of water (but not on wool or wool-blend carpet; instead use mild detergent and water).  

If you have fat, oil, or wax on your carpet, place a paper towel over the carpet and iron on warm setting. The wax, fat, or oil should come up off the carpet and stick to the paper towel.  
Cigarette burns can be removed by gently rubbing the pile with the edge of a hard and flat surface, such as a dull knife.  
Glue can be removed by moistening a cotton ball or soft cloth with rubbing alcohol and press it on the affected area. Once the glue residue is thoroughly moistened, gently wipe it off and repeat until the carpet is clean.  
Wax and Gum can be removed by using ice to freeze the wax or gum, then shatter it with a blunt object, such as a spoon. Vacuum before the pieces soften, and blot the carpet with a white towel.  
Remove Nail Polish by blotting the area with a rag dipped in nail polish remover.  
Urine should be blotted with white towels to absorb as much as possible. Next, spray or blot with a solution of one part white vinegar to one part water. Finally, apply a solution of 1/2 teaspoon of clear, mild, nonbleach detergent mixed with 32 ounces of water, rinse, and blot dry. 

We hope you enjoy this month as much as we do. If you have a carpet stain that you just can't get out, give us a call for professional service.

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