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How to Spot Clean Carpets, Area Rugs and Upholstery

Spot cleaning carpets, area rugs and upholstery can be a daunting task.  But with the right tools and techniques, it can be done easily and effectively. The key to successful spot cleaning is to address spills and stains as soon as they occur before they have a chance to set in and become more difficult to remove. A quick Google search can give you plenty of tips for any cleaning issues.  But we’ve already done the work and put together some of them for you.

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Spot Cleaning Carpets:

The first step in spot cleaning carpets is to remove any solid debris or dirt from the carpet. Use a spoon or a butter knife to gently scrape away any solid particles, being careful not to rub or press too hard as this can cause the stain to spread. Once you’ve removed as much of the solid debris as possible, use a vacuum cleaner to suck up any remaining dirt or debris.

Spot cleaning carpet

Identify the Stain

Next, it’s important to identify the type of stain that you’re dealing with. Common types of stains include oil-based stains, such as grease and oil, protein-based stains, such as blood and egg, and tannin-based stains, such as coffee and tea. Each type of stain requires a different cleaning method, so it’s important to know what you’re working with before you begin.

Oil-based Stains

Oil-based stains can be cleaned using a mix of water and a mild detergent. Start by mixing the detergent with warm water and then use a clean, damp cloth to gently scrub the stain. Be sure to avoid using too much water, as this can cause the carpet to shrink or stretch. Once you’ve finished scrubbing, use a clean, damp cloth to remove any remaining detergent.

Protein-based Stains

Protein-based stains can be cleaned using a mix of water and white vinegar. Start by mixing equal parts of water and white vinegar and then use a clean, damp cloth to gently scrub the stain. Be sure to avoid using too much water, as this can cause the carpet to shrink or stretch. Once you’ve finished scrubbing, use a clean, damp cloth to remove any remaining solution.

Tannin-based Stains

Tannin-based stains can be cleaned using a mix of water and a mild detergent or a small amount of club soda. Start by mixing the detergent with warm water or applying club soda on the stain and then use a clean, damp cloth to gently scrub the stain. Be sure to avoid using too much water, as this can cause the carpet to shrink or stretch. Once you’ve finished scrubbing, use a clean, damp cloth to remove any remaining solution.

Some Stains Need Professionals!

It is also important to note that some stains like red wine, ink, or pet urine may require specialized cleaning solutions or professional cleaning. Before using any cleaning solutions, it is always best to test it in a small inconspicuous area first to ensure that it doesn’t cause any damage.

Remove any Solutions Used

It is important to note that any cleaning products or solutions you may use on your carpets need to be fully removed after cleaning.  This means you should go over the spot with just water until all the solution is gone.  Leaving any type of cleaning products on your carpet may attract more dirt to the area.  So your carpets could actually look worse over time. 

Dry the Carpets

After cleaning, it’s important to let the carpet dry completely before using it again. Avoid using a heater to dry the carpet, as this can cause the fibers to shrink or fade. Instead, use a fan or open a window to allow the carpet to dry naturally.

In summary, spot cleaning home carpets requires a bit of care and attention to detail, but with the right tools and techniques, it can be done easily and effectively. Remember to address spills and stains as soon as they occur, remove any solid debris or dirt from the carpet, identify the type of stain, use appropriate cleaning method for the stain, test cleaning solutions on a small area first, and let the carpet dry completely before using it again.

Spot Cleaning Area Rugs

Spot cleaning an area rug is an effective way to remove spills, stains, and dirt from the rug without having to clean the entire rug. The following steps will guide you in spot cleaning your area rug.

a picture of a person spot cleaning an area rug

Idenfity the Rug Material

Before doing any cleaning on your area rug, check the tag to see what type of area rug you have. What material is it made from? It is important to know what type of material your area rug is made of, and also if there are any specific cleaning instructions.  Area rugs could become damaged in a cleaning process, even just a spot cleaning.  Also, some rug dyes are prone to bleeding or running. If you are unsure, always call us first.

Blot the spill:

The first step in spot cleaning is to remove as much of the spill as possible. Use a clean, white cloth or paper towel to blot the spill, starting from the outside of the spill and working inward to avoid spreading the stain.

Identify the stain:

Identifying the type of stain you are dealing with will help you determine the best cleaning solution. Some common stains include wine, coffee, ink, and pet accidents.

Choose the right cleaning solution:

Different cleaning solutions are appropriate for different types of stains. For example, white vinegar and water is effective for removing wine stains, while hydrogen peroxide is a good choice for removing pet accidents.

Apply the cleaning solution:

Dampen a clean cloth with the cleaning solution, making sure not to soak the rug. Gently rub the stain, starting from the outside and working inward. Avoid scrubbing too hard as this can damage the fibers of the rug.

Blot the stain:

After applying the cleaning solution, use a clean cloth or paper towel to blot the stain, removing as much of the solution as possible.

Rinse the area:

Rinse the area with clean water to remove any remaining cleaning solution. Blot the area with a clean cloth to remove any moisture.

Allow to dry:

Do not use a hair dryer or other heating device to dry the rug, as this can cause shrinkage or discoloration.  It is important to get the rug dried as quickly as possible.  There are some area rugs that could be damaged if not dried quickly enough.

Vacuum:

Once the rug is completely dry, vacuum it to restore the pile and remove any dirt or debris that may have been disturbed during the cleaning process.

Remember:

It’s important to always test any cleaning solution in an inconspicuous area of the rug before using it, and to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to avoid damaging the rug.

Call Us!

By following these steps, you can effectively spot clean your area rug and remove spills, stains, and dirt without having to clean the entire rug. However, if the stain is particularly stubborn or if the rug is heavily soiled, it may be necessary to have it professionally cleaned. Just give us a call and we can give you a free quote!

Spot Cleaning Upholstery:

Spot cleaning upholstery is an important part of keeping your furniture looking and smelling fresh. Whether it’s a spilled drink, a dropped piece of food, or a pet accident, addressing spills and stains as soon as they occur is key to preventing them from becoming more difficult to remove. The key to successful spot cleaning is to know the type of stain and fabric you’re dealing with and use the appropriate cleaning method.

Spot cleaning upholstery

Remove Solid Debris

The first step in spot cleaning upholstery is to remove any solid debris or dirt from the fabric. Use a spoon or a butter knife to gently scrape away any solid particles, being careful not to rub or press too hard as this can cause the stain to spread. Once you’ve removed as much of the solid debris as possible, use a vacuum cleaner to suck up any remaining dirt or debris.

Identify the Stain

Next, it’s important to identify the type of stain that you’re dealing with. Common types of stains include oil-based stains, such as grease and oil, protein-based stains, such as blood and egg, and tannin-based stains, such as coffee and tea. Each type of stain requires a different cleaning method, so it’s important to know what you’re working with before you begin.

Oil-based Stains:

Oil-based stains can be cleaned using a mix of water and a mild detergent. Start by mixing the detergent with warm water and then use a clean, damp cloth to gently scrub the stain. Be sure to avoid using too much water, as this can cause the fabric to shrink or stretch. Once you’ve finished scrubbing, use a clean, damp cloth to remove any remaining detergent.

Protein-based Stains

Protein-based stains can be cleaned using a mix of water and white vinegar. Start by mixing equal parts of water and white vinegar and then use a clean, damp cloth to gently scrub the stain. Be sure to avoid using too much water, as this can cause the fabric to shrink or stretch. Once you’ve finished scrubbing, use a clean, damp cloth to remove any remaining solution.

Tannin-based Stains:

Tannin-based stains can be cleaned using a mix of water and a mild detergent or a small amount of club soda. Start by mixing the detergent with warm water or applying club soda on the stain and then use a clean, damp cloth to gently scrub the stain.  Once you’ve removed the stain, be sure to use a clean, damp cloth to remove all the solution.

Some Stains Need Professionals!

Just like with carpet and area rugs, it’s important to note that some stains may require specialized cleaning solutions or a professional cleaning.  Before using any cleaning solution on your upholstery, be sure to test it in a small inconspicuous area to make sure it will not cause any damage. 

 

Call Us!

Just like with carpet and area rugs, it’s important to note that some stains may require specialized cleaning solutions or a professional cleaning.  Before using any cleaning solution on your upholstery, be sure to test it in a small inconspicuous area to make sure it will not cause any damage. 

We also specialize in upholstery cleaning.  So instead of taking the risk of damaging your furniture, just give us a call.  We’ll be happy to give you a free quote.

Call Master Clean Carpet and Tile Cleaning Today!

There’s plenty of ways to spot cleaning your carpets, area rugs and upholstery on your own, but beware.  Each way has the potential of damaging your carpets, rugs or upholstery.  Instead of risking it, give us a call.  We’ll take care of all your steam cleaning needs! We specialize in carpets, tile and grout, upholstery and area rugs.  Call today for a free quote.