The holidays are filled with entertaining, special treats, and plenty of foot traffic that can all lead to major stains for your carpet. If you want to keep your carpets looking their best throughout the holidays, here are some steps to take care of any stain the festive season can throw at you:
Dry Messes: For a mess that is dry or solid remove as much of the stain as possible. If it is sticky, use a dull knife to peel away the mess. If it happens to be persistently sticky like a substance such as wax or gum, apply an ice cube to freeze it first. Once frozen it will break away easily, and in some lucky cases there may be no sign of a stain left behind. For wet messes be sure to remove any and all excess liquid.
Blot the area with cool water and continue to blot until the majority of the stain and wet is removed.
Next, a handy homemade cleanser can be mixed with a 1/4 teaspoon liquid dish washing soap in a cup of warm water. Test a small area of the rug to make sure it does not have a reaction to the mixture. Then apply the cleaner with a sponge or soft brush to work at the stain. Work from the outside in so you do not spread the stain.
Repeat step 2 to remove excess soap and then continue to blot until mostly dry.
If you find the spot to be excessively wet place a thick layer of paper towels or clean thick towel over the spot and weigh it down with something heavy. Make sure the weight covers the entire area. This will absorb excess liquid into the paper towels. Leave it overnight to be safe.
If you find that the stain has still left behind discolouration you will require the assistance of a professional cleaning service. Professional carpet cleaning services in Ottawa will use the proper steam cleaners and cleaning products to address any type of stain.
If you are expecting guests over the holidays it is the perfect time for professional carpet cleaning in Ottawa. They can make even the oldest and most worn carpets look like new just in time for your holiday entertaining.