Carpet Spot Removal
When removing accidental spots and spills, speed is the key. The longer any substance stays in contact with your carpet, the more it will penetrate into the fibers.
For most household accidents, follow these spot removal steps:
- Remove any solid materials (a spoon is a great tool for this).
- Blot the area with a clean white cloth to absorb as much liquid as possible. Do not use a scrubbing motion, as this can damage carpet fibers.
- Apply Britannia Brite Professional Carpet & Upholstery Spot Remover* directly on the problem area until wet. (Be sure to test for colorfastness in an inconspicuous area first.)
- Wait one to three minutes while the Spot Remover loosens the dirt.
- Gently wipe the spot with a clean, white cloth working from the outer edges in towards the center. (If the spot is not completely removed, repeat steps 3 – 5.)
- Once the spot has been removed, place dry, absorbent white cloths over the area and press to absorb remaining moisture.
* If you do not have Britannia Brite Spot Remover on hand, mix 1/4-teaspoon liquid dish soap with 1 cup cold water and continue as above with steps 3 – 6.
Carpet Cleaning Tips
Here are some useful tips for keeping your carpet looking its best.
- Vacuum heavy traffic areas 2 – 3 times a week to keep carpet looking great between cleanings
- Use both indoor and outdoor mats at each entrance to reduce the amount of dirt tracked into your home.
- In a pinch, make your own spot remover by mixing 1/4 teaspoon liquid detergent (without bleach) and 1 cup cold water.
- Over time, the stain-resistancy of stain-resistant carpet wears down. For optimum performance, have a protector regularly applied after cleaning.
- Stain-resistant does not mean stain-proof. Be sure to act immediately to prevent spots and spills from causing permanent damage.
- Before using any spot removing product, test for colorfastness in an inconspicuous area.
- Test area rugs for colorfastness before placing over carpet since some rugs may tend to bleed.
- Vacuum under area rugs periodically to remove loose dirt that may have filtered through the rugs to your carpet.
- To avoid color transfer between furniture and flooring after a professional cleaning, leave the protective blocks in place until the carpet is completely dry (about 2 days).
- Your furniture collects everyday dirt and soil just like your carpet. For convenience, have both professionally cleaned at the same time.
1.Do I have to move all the furniture out of a room?
No, I can maneuver most furniture when I power-stretch a room, moving small items makes it faster and easier though. I will come out to your home and give you an estimate and tell you what pieces need to be moved.
2. When a carpet is patched is it durable?
Yes, with modern seam tapes and glues, seams and patches are bonded to the backing, so they’re very durable and can be cleaned just about right away after the repair is completed!
3. Do Carpet patches show?
It depends on the age of the carpet. Worn or faded carpet patched with newer carpet sometimes shows until it is worn in. Low pile, berbers and light colored carpets show more, than a darker color carpet. A newer carpet that is patched blends in if done by an experienced carpet repairman. You also need material to patch with! If you don’t have any extra carpet laying around and the carpet your repairing runs into the closets, you can take it from there!
4. What causes a carpet to loosen or Ripple?
Usually a carpet ripples when it is not stretched in using a power-stretcher. Also steam cleaning carpet may loosen a carpet if the backing stays wet too long. And It seems some carpets loosen up because of inferior backings.
5. Is it cost-effective to get a carpet repair instead of replacing carpet?
I have saved many customers thousands of dollars and the headache of moving all the furniture. If the carpet is good quality and you still like the color and texture, SURE it is cost-effective!