When you have carpeting anywhere in your home, you must be prepared to clean up spots of any kind quickly. Here, you'll find a few tools that are a little out of the norm, but are very effective in helping you remove carpet messes.
Put down that expensive bottle of carpet stain treatment solution – you don't need anything more than a spray bottle filled with a water and white vinegar mixture. Mix three parts water with one part white vinegar, shake it well before each use, and you're good to go. You simply use the vinegar mixture in the same manner as traditional cleaning solutions: spray and blot – don't oversaturate!
Dawn dish soap is also very effective in removing difficult, greasy stains. Just get a small bowl, add a few tablespoons of soap, and add a cup of water. Mix it well. Use a toothbrush to apply the mixture to the spot and gently work the toothbrush in small circular motions until the stain begins to lift. You will need to blot the suds with a damp sponge, but soon, that greasy spot will be no more.
When you have different kinds of messes, you'll need different types of tools. The tools will help you get the mess cleaned up without making the mess any worse.
Styrofoam plates, duct tape, and scissors – Cut a hole in the center of the plate that is slightly larger than the spot that you are working to remove. Use the duct tape to tape the plate in place and protect the surrounding carpeting. As you work to blot and remove the spot, all of the liquid and mess is contained to the original spot – no spreading.
Plastic spoons – There will be messes in which you'll need to scoop some solids up before you can treat the spot. This is where a plastic spoon comes in handy. Use the spoon to gently scoop up the mess without pressing it deeper into the carpet fibers.
Plastic putty knife – This can be used to help scrape the more difficult, larger areas of debris out of the carpeting without damaging the fibers.
With the right tools and some basic solutions, you can keep up with the spot treating between complete cleanings. Talk with your local carpet cleaning service professionals to learn more about protecting your carpeting and keeping it looking its best without breaking your back or your budget.