December 16, 2016

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is just around the corner. With the gathering of people comes holiday food galore. Most likely you will be hosting a family gathering in your house with good food and family. This can result in spills and splashes on your carpets. Don’t worry; there’s no need to panic when you have some of our Upper Valley carpet stain-busting tips.

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Carpet Busting Tip #1

It is important to treat any spots or stains quickly to avoid letting them settle into your carpets. Once they set for a while, they can do permanent damage to the fibers in your carpet. This can damage the color or texture of the fibers making it difficult to clean later on.

What to do: 

  • Don’t soak the carpet with excessive amounts of cleaning product. Spray a small amount to break up the stain.
  • Don’t rub the carpet! Rubbing damages the texture of the carpet and spreads the stain around and deeper into the fibers. Cover the with paper towels to soak up the stain. Blot the stain repeatedly until all the liquid is soaked up.
  • Don’t put any liquid on dry soil stains. Get the vacuum out and vacuum up any debris, then apply cleaner to remove the remaining spot.


Carpet Busting Tip #2

Follow this procedure to remove carpet stains during the holiday season in your Upper Valley home.

  • 1. First, remove the offending food item from the floor.
    • If it is a dry item, vacuum up as much as you can.
    • If it is semi-solid like a dip, then scoop up as much as you can with a spoon.
    • If it is a liquid, the blot it up with a thick paper towel.
  • 2. Next, use cool water on the stain and blot dry. Don’t soak the carpet, spray a little bit of cool water and blot dry.
  • 3. Next, make a mixture of 1/4 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid like Dawn dish soap and a cup of cool water. Test this mixture on an inconspicuous spot on your carpet first. Next use a sponge to apply to the stain and blot dry with paper towels.


3 of the best types of carpets for repelling stains

  1. Stain resistance versus stain treatment: 

Carpets that are labeled “stain resistance” means the fibers in the carpet repel liquids. Stain “treatment” means a spray has been applied to your carpet which coats the fibers making them stain resistant. When you are buying a new carpet for your home, look for the carpets that are labeled “whole fiber stain resistance.” This type of carpeting has been treated all the way through. The fibers and the backing of the carpet a stain resistant.


  1. Wool Carpets

Sometimes natural fiber carpets are the best. Most synthetic carpets today are treated with stain resistant, but that wears off over time. Wool is a natural stain resistant. Another benefit of wool is it is fire resistant. Keep in mind that wool is more expensive, but you won’t regret buying a wool carpet.


  1. Carpet Spill Trap

Consider a spill trap for your carpets. This is a barrier between your carpet and the carpet pad. It prevents liquid from seeping into the carpet pad. With a spill trap in place, it will make it much easier to clean up those stains. Spill traps save time and money and help to preserve the life of your carpet.


Do you have a carpet stain or heavily soiled carpet in your home? Don’t rent a rug doctor, get the professionals to clean your carpets. Upper Valley Cleaning has high-quality professional carpet cleaning system to get deep into your carpet making them look new again.

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