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Stains happen. Whether it is red wine after dinner, muddy paws after a rain pour or chocolate cake after your kid’s birthday party, it is important to be prepared when it comes to treating stains. Spot cleaning your carpet is a regular thing for most people, especially those that have a dog or children or that do a lot of entertaining. Fight back against stains the easiest and most effective way possible – by catching the stain before it sets in.

When it comes to spot cleaning your carpet, it is a good idea to have a special area in one of your cupboards that contains everything you need to treat a stain right away. This includes Oxi Clean or another cleaning solution, carpet cleaner, a few dry old towels, a brush or cloth and an empty spray bottle. That way, when something falls, breaks or spills onto your floors, you are one step ahead of the game.

Treating New and Old Stains

The first thing to remember when it comes to spot cleaning any carpet is that the quicker you act, the better the result. Treat the stain while it is still fresh, if you can. Start by blotting the stain with an old towel to soak up as much moisture as you can. You may also want to put a little bit of water on the towel. Remember to blot rather than rub.

But what happens if you just noticed the dark dirt that your dog tracked into the house several hours ago? Or what happens if you only now discover the crushed red crayon in the corner of your white carpet floor after placing furniture in lofts? Sometimes you don’t notice a stain until it has already made itself comfortable and settled deep in your carpet. If you are working with older stains, pre treat the stain by using Oxi Clean or another solution like this mixed with lukewarm water. Apply the treatment onto the stain and leave it for about 20 minutes. Then dab at the stain and the treatment as when treating a new stain.

How to Spot Cleaning your Carpet

New stain or old stain, when spot cleaning your carpet, you can benefit from a carpet cleaner. Next time you are in the supermarket, head to the cleaning section and choose a brand. This is a good thing to keep in the closet, just in case. Spray the cleaner onto the stain and leave for about 5 minutes. Gently rub the stain and the cleaner with a brush or cloth but don’t rub too hard as you can make the stain worse.

With another dry towel, blot the carpet as dry as you can. You should notice that the stain is now gone. Once the carpet is completely dry you can vacuum over the stain to help re-shape the carpet. You may also want to spray an odor fighting solutions on it, especially if the stain emits an awful smell (dog pooh, baby spit up, etc).

Having a stained carpet can make your home less attractive to both yourself and your guests. Even if the stain is hidden in the corner, it will always be the first thing you notice every time you walk through the door. Furthermore, if you are looking to get the deposit back when renting, a stain may also cause some serious issues when it comes time to move out. However, keep in mind that most stains can easily be removed with a simple spot carpet clean. And, if not, you can always call in the professionals.

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