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Stains From Hell? Specific Carpet And Rug Cleaner Tricks That Work

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Everyone who owns a rug or a carpet has felt the eventual need to use the services of a rug cleaner. Some do it frequently and some try to delay the inevitable. 

However, the amount of money you spend using these services can be quite high and consequently if you are on a budget,  that money could be well spent somewhere else​.

I am not suggesting that you do not contact the rug cleaners at all. Rather, you can easily do so at your home.  Carpet or rug cleaning and maintenance can not only increase the life of your rug or carpet but also save you frequent professional rug cleaning or damage expenses.

​CLEANING METHOD BY FIBER TYPE [5 FIBER TYPES]

A large number of carpets today are created with synthetic fibers, such as nylon, polyester, or olefin, and consequently they can be cleaned with most cleaning methods.

You have to give special attention and care during the carpet cleaning process for other types of fibers.

SYNTHETIC FIBERS

Carpet cleaning methods vary for synthetic fibers and they additionally rely on the carpet manufacturer’s recommendations.

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CLEANING AGENT

Select carpet cleaning agents that are sold especially for stain-resistant carpet cleaning. Consequently, follow the directions for dilution and application.

SOAP OR LAUNDRY DETERGENT?

  1. Don't use soap, laundry detergent, automatic dishwasher detergent, or any of the strong household cleaning agents.
  2. This is because they are meant for usage on hard surfaces, such as woodwork, linoleum, or tile.​

VACUUMING​

  1. Vacuum the area first to achieve good carpet cleaning results.
  2. Then apply a pre-conditioning solution or a suitable commercial carpet cleaning product. This will help in loosening the soil, before you clean it.
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TIME TO TAKE EFFECT​

The specific cleaning solutions typically require 8-10 minutes to begin loosening the soil.​See this post for more details.

PLANT FIBERS

  1. These can include sisal, jute, coconut (coir), pineapple, ramie and andhemp.
  2. For these fibers, it is best to use a carpet-cleaning professional with specialized carpet cleaning equipment.

NATURAL FIBERS

Natural fibers require specialized care and so you have to rely on the carpet manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning:

Carpet Cleaning and Repair for Natural Fibers

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WOOL FIBERS

  1. Avoid excessive agitation and heat. Wool is easily damaged by bleaches and alkalies.
  2. Clean wool with neutral detergents (pH 5.0 - 8.0) and then dry quickly to limit yellowing or browning.
  3. Seek out professional rug cleaners if you are unable to clean the rug at home
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SILK

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  1. Using a dry cleaning process to clean silk.
  2. These fibers may be damaged by high temperatures, high pH (>9) and sunlight,and will lose strength when wet.
  3. For cleaning silk fibers contact carpet cleaning professionals with specialized cleaning equipment.

CARPET CLEANING OR RUG CLEANING YOURSELF​ [4 USEFUL TIPS]

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Vacuum first to remove as much dry soil as possible. Consequently, keep the following in mind when using a wet cleaning method i.e.

REMOVE THE FURNITURE

  1. Relocate furniture from the room before you start the carpet cleaning.
  2. If that is not possible then place plastic film under and around the legs of chairs, tables, other furniture.
  3. This will help to prevent furniture stains or rust from developing on the carpet.

USE RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS ONLY

  1. Use only the recommended carpet cleaning solution strength (labelled on the product) only.
  2. Stronger solutions can cause accelerated re-soiling.
  3. Prevent soiling again by rinsing all the detergent from the carpet.

WETTING THE CARPET

Don't wet the carpet excessively. This can cause separation of the seams, shrinkage,discoloration, and foul odors.​

DRYING THE CARPET

  1. Ideally, the carpet should dry within 12 hours.
  2. Provide ventilation or use fans to accelerate the drying process. Additionally this will exhaust any existing solution-related fragrances.​
  3. ALLOW THE CARPET TO DRY COMPLETELY BEFORE YOU WALK ON IT.

OTHER CLEANING TIPS BY CARPET OR RUG TYPE [3 TYPES]

BATH MATS AND SMALL RUGS

WASHING MACHINES

  1. Many bath mats and small rugs can be cleaned in a washing machine.
  2. Check the instruction on the label or manufactures website before attempting it.

DETRGENTS

Wash the bath mats in warm water (90ºF -105ºF) using a neutral (mild) detergent.

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RINSING

Use the lowest possible heat setting to rinse thoroughly, and tumble dry.

DRYING

Larger bath mats and rugs can be dried quickly by spreading in a shaded area and then brushing them.

OUTDOOR CARPETS

SWEEPING

When the carpet is used outdoors, sweep the surface dirt or litter with a broom or deck brush. 

CARPET CLEANING SOLUTION

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  1. For a thorough, overall cleaning, wash outdoor carpet with a good carpet cleaning solution.
  2. Follow dilution instructions carefully on carpet cleaning products.
  3. Try spreading solutions over an outdoor carpet with a garden sprayer.
  4. Use a scrub brush to work the solution into the pile and then rinse thoroughly with a garden hose.
  5. Let the carpet to dry completely before vacuuming.

ENTRY MATS

OUTSIDE SOIL

Quite valuable and they limit soil from the outside to enter your home.

FREQUENT SOIL REMOVAL

Try to remove soil frequently because as they are filled with soil because they can become a source for additional soil.

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Entry Mat

VACUUMING

To remove dry soil from entry mats, just vacuum regularly and remove embedded soil weekly by shaking or striking with a brush.

WASHING AND DRYING

  1. Wash your entry mats with a brush and mild detergent solution, rinsing thoroughly.
  2. Allow them to dry completely before you vacuum.

CARPET CLEANING AND REPAIR -
[TROUBLESHOOT 14 COMMON CLEANING ISSUES]

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HEAVY USE AREAS

​Carpets or rugs receive maximum abuse in heavily traveled areas in your house or room. Consequently, the use of small rugs in front of heavily used chairs or furniture can reduce the wear and tear on your carpet.

CRUSHING​

  1. ​In crushing there is a loss of pile thickness due to foot traffic to your home.
  2. It is not a manufacturing defect unless specifically cited in the manufacturer’s warranty. Additionally, regular vacuuming will help to reduce the crushing.

DEPRESSIONS​

  1. ​The weight from heavy pieces of furniture can put indentations in carpet. Therefore using furniture glides or cups under the legs of heavy pieces can help.
  2. In fact, even moving your furniture a couple of inches backward or sideways can help so that all the weight is not in one place alone.
  3. If depressions do occur, spritz the indentations with water from a spray bottle.
  4. Follow this up by holding a hair dryer and setting it on medium, a few inches above the indentation.
  5. As the spot is drying use your fingers to gently work the pile upright and in the opposite direction.

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FADING OR COLOR LOSS

  1. Give carpet the normal protection from direct sunlight that you would give any other colored fabric.
  2. Emission from heating fuels or chemicals causes fading. These include, pesticides,household cleaning agents, and other household items.

FILTRATION SOILING​

  1. This can be tricky. Filtration soiling may appear as dark or grayish lines on carpet along walls, stairways, around vents.
  2. Filtration soiling is caused by airflow over and through the carpet. Consequently, this allows fine, airborne soils to settle on the carpet surface.
  3. You can attribute this to an improperly balanced ventilation system.
  4. This type of soiling, while sometimes permanent, requires special treatments for its proper removal. Therefore you should contact a carpet-cleaning professional for assistance.

FLUFFING OR SHEDDING

  1. The balls of fluff found on carpet or in the vacuum cleaner bag, are basically loose bits of fiber left in the carpet during its manufacturing.
  2. Removing these loose fibers will not affect the carpet life or quality.
  3. Due to the large micron size(>90 microns), these particles are large enough to become airborne or breathable (<.4 microns).
  4. Vacuuming will help get rid off most shedding. Additionally, all shedding gradually disappears within the first year after installation.

MATTING

  1. The term matting means the untwisting of the fiber and intermingling of the yarn tips. This is due to heavy footfall and incomplete maintenance.
  2. Additional factors include improperly specified cushion or cushion failure.​

MOTH AND BEETLE CONTROL​

  1. Wool and wool-blend carpet made in the United States are treated so that they become permanently moth resistant.
  2. Also, carpet and rugs made of man-made fibers are naturally resistant to insects.
  3. Synthetic carpet fiber is resistant to beetles because these fibres are not a food source to them. Such beetles are also commonly called “carpet beetles"
  4. However, beetles that already exist in your home may lay eggs in the carpet and can consequently hatch in eight to fifteen days.
  5. You should contact a carpet cleaning professional or specialist to deal with carpet beetles. ​

ODOR

  1. Odors are usually present during and immediately following the installation of new carpet.
  2. This is generally harmless and results from the removal of an older carpet and cushion. Additionally, it can also come from a new carpet, cushion, adhesives or seaming tape.
  3. You can manage this by opening windows or doors and proper ventilation.
  1. Odors are usually present during and immediately following the installation of new carpet.
  2. This is generally harmless and results from the removal of an older carpet and cushion. Additionally, it can also come from a new carpet, cushion, adhesives or seaming tape.
  3. You can manage this by opening windows or doors and proper ventilation.

RIPPLES AND BUCKLING

  1. Power stretch carpets installed over separate cushions. Improper installation procedures contribute to rippling and buckling.
  2. Solve the problem with a carpet installer and by re-stretching the carpet with a power stretcher.

 PILE REVERSAL, SHADING, WATERMARKING OR POOLING

  1. Shading is not a change in color but a change in pile direction that sometimes randomly appears in a carpet or rug.
  2. They may look darker or lighter from separate directions.
  3. Shading may be more prevalent in a solid color cut pile carpet rather than in patterned and textured styles.​

SOILING​

  1. In addition to soil, grease, soot, other environment pollutants can get deposited on carpet and this causes dulling.
  2. Oily soil is very difficult to remove after it has been on the carpet for a long time. Consequently, it may be absorbed into the fiber and this causes it to take on a yellowish hue.
  3. You can avoid this issue with frequent carpet cleanings or rug cleanings. In addition, entry mats before the rug or carpet can solve this issue.​

SPROUTING​

  1. ​Sometimes a yarn tuft will rise above the pile surface of a carpet. However, these can be snipped to level off with other tufts.
  2. Do not pull them out because doing so can damage the carpet or rug.

YELLOWING

  1. Yellowing is caused by a variety of outside influences,such as
    • pollutants from heating fuels,
    • changes in alkalinity,
    • cleaning solutions, and
    • atmospheric or environmental contaminants.
  2. You cannot remove all carpet yellowing. However acetic acid(white vinegar), citrus acid, or tartaric acid can be successful in eradicating cases of yellowing.

NOTE

  • An alkaline detergent solution may cause permanent yellowing,
  • A solution of one part white vinegar mixed with one part water is useful to deal with this.
  • Contact a carpet cleaning professional or a rug cleaner if the yellowing persists or is widespread