Getting a stain on your rug or carpet can be a real bummer. Whether it was a bargain find or a priceless heirloom, it can be stressful when the (stain-causing) junk hits the rug. Time is usually of the essence when stains happen, so keep these tips on hand in case of an accident.
- Know the Limits of DIY
“Doing it yourself” can often go a long way in terms of cost savings, but certain stains lend themselves more to this than others. For example, fresh, water-based stains such as beer, soft drinks or urine may be easy to remove if they’re caught soon after the stain occurred. However, other stains can be more difficult to manage, such as paint, glue or nail polish. Some stains may be outright impossible to remove at home, so leave tricky tasks such as ink removal or color run removal Portland to the experts.
- Don’t Delay Treatment
The sooner you notice a stain, the better chance you’ll have at getting it out. Before you run for the cleaning supplies, know that a little cold water often goes a long way in preventing most liquid stains from setting, so try getting some water on the stain and dabbing it with a dry towel as soon as possible. Once you’ve done that (and bought yourself some time), you can get more in-depth with your cleaning techniques.
- Keep Rug-Specific Cleaners on Hand
If you keep cleaners recommended for your specific rug on hand in your cleaning cabinet, you’re more likely to be successful at getting the stains out when they happen. If your rug is dry-clean only, your best bet is to dab away as much of the stain as possible and then call a cleaning professional.
Carpet and rug stains can be stressful. By keeping these tips in mind, you can be prepared for whatever messes come.