The moment you have a brand new carpeting installed in your house, you want to protect it. You may tell guests and even family members to take off their shoes the moment they step inside the house. If you are a bit over-the-top, you may even require that they take off their shoes outside the front door.
No matter how careful you are, no matter how much you admonish your children or anybody else to not bring food or drinks into the room with the brand new carpeting, it’s going to happen. That also means there are going to be stains from time to time.
One thing that many homeowners can relate to is that no matter how careful they are, they can’t seem to protect certain parts of the house they want to. This is especially true for carpeting.
If there is a stain on your carpeting, how you deal with the situation can determine the amount of damage that is caused. Many types of carpeting today have some type the stain resistance added to the fibers. Even if you purchase the cheapest possible carpeting, there may still be some type of stain proof chemical applied to it.
The first thing you need to do is not panic. If you panic, you will likely try to wipe up the stain, whether it is food, pet urine, a beverage, or anything else and that will just push it deeper into the carpet pile.
Apply a paper towel to the stained area. You can also use a soft terry cloth style towel and allow it to absorb as much is possible.
Next, apply warm water to the area and then again dab the stained area.
Do not rub or scrub the area. Rubbing or scrubbing will only push the staining material deeper into the carpet where you can no longer reach it.
You may think that getting the stain up is successful, but if the staining material gets deep into the carpet pile or even to the base of the carpet, even the undercoating, it will eventually show through.
If you have a spill or other stain on your carpeting, contact a professional cleaning service as soon as possible. They can usually come out and spot clean certain areas, instead of the entire carpeting, to get up those pesky stains.