The Risks of DIY Stain Removal                          

Many people believe that when accidents happen concerning stains in the carpet you should do anything and everything to get the stain out at all costs. However, drowning a stain in cleaner, scrubbing with a toothbrush, adding more cleaner, and more scrubbing all while in a panic, will actually do so much more harm than good. Stains have the ability to permanently stain your carpet (especially if it is left alone to set in), but they can also seriously damage the carpet if you don’t take the proper measures to get them out. If you are in doubt, it’s always the best option to hire a local carpet cleaning professional that knows how to properly care for all carpet types. A great local company like White Knight Restoration can help you. Here’s what you can do to take care of a stain properly:

  1. Letting the Stain Set

If the fear of damaging your carpet further scares you into waiting until you get around to hiring a professional a few months down the road, you may be making a huge mistake. The longer a stain sits, the more the chemicals in the stain itself will react with those in the carpet, making it impossible to fully get out. Waiting for a professional is an option, however; you’ll want to make the call right away to ensure that they will be able to fully remove the stain without further damage.

  1. Rubbing and Scrubbing

When a spill first happens, the best thing to do is to try and remove it immediately. The faster you get to it, the better chance you have of getting it out in its entirety. However, if you don’t know how to remove a stain and what to remove it with, you can cause damage to the carpet itself and also make the stain much much worse. The absolute worst thing to do when trying to remove a stain is to grab a washcloth or a brush and start scrubbing and rubbing back and forth. This will not only make the stain spread, leaving you with a bigger stain than you started out with but will also push the stain deeper into the carpet making it harder to get out. Even more permanently, scrubbing will tear the fibers of your carpet apart, leaving you with a frayed, damaged look that can’t be fixed.

When trying to remove a stain, you should always blot and dab with a damp washcloth. Always start by getting as much of the stain out as you can, before adding anything else. After you have done that, you should start by using water to get rid of the stain and continue blotting. The biggest thing is to be patient. It isn’t going to be a quick process, just keep working with it. If that doesn’t work, move to other home remedies such as club soda or vinegar. If none of these solutions are working, you can use a carpet cleaner or spotter, but be sure to test it and make sure it won’t discolor your rug.

  1. Always Keeping it DIY

This step may not be something you should do every single time you have a spill, but the best way to protect your carpet is to make sure you are getting your carpets professionally cleaned regularly. There always is going to be dirt, grime, and stains that are penetrating deeper into your carpet that you won’t be able to reach. The best thing you can do is call in a trained professional, like White Knight, that has the proper equipment and expertise to keep your carpets looking beautiful for a long time!

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