1. Get to it right away. Time is of the essence in cleaning up spots and spills on your flooring and area rugs. The longer you let a spill sit the more likely it is to become permanent.
2. Never ever use soap to clean your carpet or area rug. Soaps need huge amounts of water to get them completely out of the fibers and if you don’t get the soap out it will attract dirt and make your rug look worse. If you don’t have a cleaner specifically for carpet and rugs (see #6) try just clear water or club soda and water.
3. Blot DO NOT rub. Rubbing the spot will cause the fibers to untwist and fuzz. You may get the spot out this way, but the texture of the rug will be damaged causing a permanent change (not to mention being quite noticeable). Use cloth towels to blot if you can, they are less likely to leave bits and pieces when you’re done.
4. Know there is a difference between staining (adding color) and bleaching (removing color) – most carpets and rugs will resist staining, but bleaching is another matter.
5. DO NOT use a supermarket carpet or rug cleaner. These quite often have either bleach (which will remove the stain AND take the color out of the fibers) or they will have a lot of soap in them (see #2 if you’ve forgotten this part).
6. Cleaners that work well on carpets and rugs: Rug Renew (which you can get during check out with Rugs to My Door) Capture from Milliken, or Host dry cleaning rug cleaner. These cleaners will help with your stains and not harm your rugs.
7. Know the type of fiber your carpet or area rug is made out of. Different fibers require slightly different cleaning techniques. Most fibers will respond well to these instructions. If you get yourself into a jam, call us right away.
I hope these tips make it easier to take care of those day to day issues that always seem to pop up and cause us grief.