Vacuum frequently and thoroughly. Most of the wear of carpeting is caused by dirt. Oily soils attract more oily soil and frequent vacuuming will reduce soil buildup.
Get at stains quickly, 99% of all stains can be removed by one cleaning agent or another if they are cleaned in the first few days. The longer a stain chemically reacts with the carpet the harder it will be to remove it.
Test carpet before scrubbing, extracting or spotting. All carpets are different. Some carpets are very sensitive to acid type cleaners and will lose their color quickly. Other carpet dyes are sensitive to harsh alkalis.
Use appropriate spotters starting with the mildest. Do not use harsh spotting agents unless absolutely necessary and always neutralize high alkaline or high acid cleaners after use.
Never dig or brush spots. The proper procedure is to scrape the spot towards the middle and then tamp the spot into the white towel or cloth using a brush or other tamping devices. A meat tenderizer makes a great tamping tool.
Do not overuse detergents, shampoos or spotters. Too much detergent will result in residual left in the carpet that even thorough vacuuming may not remove.
Do not overwet carpet. Our carpet detergents are chemically active enough so they do not need a tremendous amount of wetting. Over-wetting can cause brownout, carpet shrinkage, adhesion problems and all other kinds of nightmares.
Extract residual if possible. Rotary scrubbing will clean the carpet fibers the best by encapsulating dirt and detergent residue, which powders off the carpet. Periodic extraction will flush out this dirt and other organisms deep in the carpet.
Never “coat” a dirty or spotty carpet. After scrubbing or extracting a dirty carpet, if you are not satisfied with the results, do not apply a coat of carpet protector as this will result in “gluing in the dirt” making it harder to remove it the next time. Either re-scrub or extract the carpet or leave the carpet until the next cleaning cycle before you coat.
Vacuum frequently and thoroughly. It is so important it deserves two recommendations. Vacuum frequently and thoroughly.
Scrape out the semi – solid or solid stains, using a plastic spatula and vacuum out the stain as much as possible. Do not use a knife or other sharp – edged tools.
The liquid stain should be blotted up immediately before it can seep into the carpet fibers. Use paper towels or tissues for this purpose.
Always test the cleaning solution on a small patch of the stain, to see if it works or is causing any damage to the carpet.
When using a solution for stain removal, apply it to the stain using a cloth.
When removing large stains, start working from the ends, towards the base, so that the stain does not spread further.
Never use a brush or rub harshly to remove the stain. It will only cause more damage to the carpet.
Be sure not to over wet the carpet while rinsing and cleaning.
For removal of ink stains, clean with some lemon juice.
Coffee stains can be removed by cleaning immediately with a mixture of 1 tablespoon water with 1 tablespoon glycerine.
To remove special water based stains like urine, coffee and tea stains, use a mild water based stain removal cleaning solution, like a mixture of vinegar with lukewarm water or hydrogen peroxide with lukewarm water.