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Simple Techniques to Removing Spots and Odors in Your Carpets

Jun 29, 2008
Carpets are the best at absorbing sound and creating a relaxing environment for your home. They talk to you through their designs and colors, and they help you maintain the beauty and elegance of your home. Between kids, guests, and pets your carpets withstand a lot of wear and tear. By far the most cunning enemies of a clean carpet, pets and kids can dirty an otherwise clean carpet in no time flat. Whether it's pets, kids, or visitors, your carpet traps all the dirt tracked into the house day after day, year after year.

No matter how hard you try, the carpets will develop spots from spills, odors from pets and cooking, as well as indentations from furniture. Knowing how to remove and solve these problems can help you maintain your sanity.

Don't believe that there are "stain-proof" carpets. Such a thing has not yet been invented. Many modern carpets are very stain-resistant, but this is not the same as stain-proof. Generally, this just means that the stain will take longer to set, so you have more time to get the spill or spot cleaned up.

When working on a spot or stain don't scrub the stain, this will only weaken the carpet fibers and cause the stain to spread. When trying to remove a spot in your carpets, start with a little water and a mild cleaning solution. Spray a mixture on the area and work at the spot from the outside in by gently blotting it with a soft white cloth. This method will work for many spots but it is important not to get the area too saturated.

Liquid can wash the spot to the bottom of the carpet and when the carpet has dried the liquid works its way back up the fibers to the top of the carpet, causing it to look like the stain has reappeared. One simple trick to prevent this from happening is to pour salt on the area after you have cleaned the spot. The salt will absorb any residue that's left in the carpet and when it has dried you can vacuum up the salt. This usually prevents spots from reappearing in the carpet.

One of the biggest problems you will run into in your home if you have pets is removing the stains and odors from your carpeting. I would not use anything else on the stained area except for an enzyme based urine cleaning product that has been proven to clean cat urine stains completely. Look for a product that includes a black light so you don't miss any spots, and be sure to follow the directions exactly as many people buy a urine remover, ignore the directions and then complain that it didn't work.

If the stain has seeped through the carpet into the underpad you will have to lift the carpet and work directly on the underpad. Any products that remove odors have to make direct contact with the urine. The uric acid in the urine crystallizes when dry and it is these crystals that cause the odor. Sprays, perfumes or plug-ins will not solve your odor problem. You need a product to digest the odor to eliminate the problem permanently. These odor digesters will also work on other odor causing problems in your carpet as long as they make contact with the smell.

When you rearrange the furniture in your home, the one thing that can drive you crazy are the indentations in the carpet from the furniture. One easy way to remove these marks is to spray a little water on this area. Cover it with a towel and iron the mark. Remove the towel and use a fork to work up the carpet pile until the indentations have disappeared. Just repeat the steps if necessary until the marks have disappeared forever.

Following these simple suggestions can help you maintain the beauty and elegance of your home. They will keep the carpets looking and smelling great which will increase the lifespan of your carpets.
About the Author
With over 30 years experience in carpet cleaning I have developed a spot removal guide using readily available household products. For more information go to www.bubblesandsuds.ca
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