Flooring Care &
Keep in mind, with any stains the quicker you can remove them the better!
Common Carpet Stains
The following are a few of the most common carpet stains and how to clean them. You should never rub a stain because doing so can make removing the stain more difficult.
First you must clean up the original mess. If the carpet is wet, just use the blotting method and do not smear or rub. Keep blotting until the carpet stain is dry. If the stain has dried you must moisten with a wet cloth and apply a cleaning product formulated for pet stains.
A good way to counteract the odor is to try using white vinegar. Make a solution using ¼ cup of vinegar to a quart of warm water and spray on the stain. Let the solution set in and use the blot method until the stain is gone.
Non-bleach laundry detergent mixed with water is another way to get rid of pet stains and neutralize the odor. Use the same method as the vinegar solution.
Blot, do not rub, the carpet with a clean, preferably white cloth or rag. For a larger spill you may need several rags. Try the vinegar and or the non-bleach laundry detergent described in the Pet Stain section. It may take a “rinse and repeat” method several times depending on the size of the spill.
Again blot don’t rub the stain with a dry rag. As with any spill rubbing will drive the liquid to through to the pad. Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of Dawn dish soap and water in a spray bottle. Cover the area and let it set for about 10 minutes and then blot with a clean rag until the stain is removed.
Always use cold water when trying to remove blood stains. Mix 2tsp of Dawn dish-washing liquid with cold water in a spray bottle; soak the entire stain with the mixture. Use paper towels or a white rag and blot. Rinse with cold water and repeat if necessary.
Red Wine Stains
Depending on what you have on hand, you can make up a wine stain removal solution. Hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, white vinegar, club soda, salt, and white wine have all been known to work. Take a clean dry cloth and remove all excess wine. Always dab; don’t rub stains.
There may be times when home remedies are just not enough therefore a reputable professional carpet cleaning company in your area may need to be called to remove stubborn stains and odors.
How often should I have my carpets professionally cleaned?
Your carpet should be cleaned before it starts to show signs of wear. Dirt settles down into your carpet fibers and can cause the carpet to break down before its time. Preventative maintenance is the best way to avoid this from happening.
Most manufactures require your carpets be steam cleaned at least once a year to honor their warranty. If you aren’t concerned about your warranty and just want some general guidelines here are a few suggestions:
Pet Owners – Every 6 to 9 months
Owners with kids – Every 9 months
Adults Only – If you don’t get a great deal of traffic it isn’t unrealistic to go up to two years between cleanings.
Each carpet is dependent on the amount and type of traffic it gets. Consider your standard of clean and your budget when determining how often to clean your floors.
What should I use or not use to keep my laminate floors looking great?
These are just a few of the many tips for keeping your laminate looking new:
- Dust mop and vacuum your laminate floors often. Use a dry swifter or a vacuum with soft bristles.
- Keep your pet’s nails trimmed and remove shoes with spikes or damaged heals.
- Avoid getting the floors really wet and never use a wet-mop or chemicals.
- Do not use any type of cleaning machines like steam cleaners, power cleaners or buffing machines on your laminate floors.
- Use protective window coverings to block UV rays and heat from direct sunlight.
- Never use wax, oils, detergents, shine agents, varnish, ammonia or silicone to clean floors.
- Do not use hash cleaning pads or scouring powders.