Carpet Stain Removal
Carpet stains may seem hard to remove, but the job can be pretty easy if proper methods and tools are used. For starters, one doesn’t have to resort to shampooing right away if the carpet stain can be removed through some simple pre-wash steps.
Pre-wash steps include sweeping and vacuuming. Sweeping makes the carpet fibers stand up, helping loosen the dirt. After sweeping, next comes vacuuming. Vacuuming takes away some of the particles already loosened by sweeping. Sweeping and vacuuming may help remove some of the noticeable stain, delaying the need to wash.
Washing can also be further delayed through the use of ionized water. Ionized water is average tap water converted into a cleansing liquid through ionization. Ionizers, like GoodEarth Product’s Ionator EXP, electrically charges tap water, giving water the power to attract dirt and grime.
The Ionator EXP is a rechargeable, hand-held device for easy and convenient use. Just fill the bottle with ordinary tap water, wait for it to ionize the water, then spray the ionized tap water onto the stain. This doesn’t mean ionized water replaces carpet shampoos. It’s part of the pre-shampooing stage, minimizing the use of chemicals on carpets. Delaying the use of carpet shampoos will help increase the life and maintain the quality of carpets.
When dealing with a stubborn stain, shampooing will be the solution. Before going straight into the washing process, a pretest may come in handy. Not all carpet shampoos are designed to clean all types of stains, and not all products are safe for use on all dyes and fibers. Follow directions stated on the label. In a less-visible carpet area, put about a teaspoon of the shampoo in a tiny spot. Using fingers, work the solution, then press a clean white tissue on the wet spot for 10 seconds. Observe if there’s dye transferred onto the tissue. Repeat the same procedure in a different colored spot on the carpet. If no dye is transferred onto the tissue, then proceed with the washing, until all stains are removed. After cleaning is done, blot the cleaned spots dry, and weigh down a crumple of paper towels to absorb all moisture.
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