Keeping your carpet clean isn’t really a rocket science. To make sure it looks just as clean and inviting as new for years to come, you should regularly hoover, occasionally have it professionally cleaned and treat any stains immediately. When it comes to stains, however, prompt action isn’t always required. In fact, some type of stains should be left to dry before attempting to remove them. It may sound hard to believe but it’s actually true.
Mud and Chocolate Easier and More Effectively Removed when Dry
If you have a bad mud or chocolate stain on your carpet, resist the temptation to deal with it immediately. Instead, leave it to dry before removing it. Both mud and chocolate will get off a lot easier if treated when dry. However, it is also true that they are the exception rather than the rule. The vast majority of stains, especially those caused by liquids (coffee, wine, etc.) should be dealt with immediately to prevent permanent staining.
Be Careful Not to Over-Blot Wet Stains
Most people are aware that prompt action is crucial to prevent wine, coffee and other colourful liquids (and semi-liquids, e.g. ketchup) from ruining their carpets. This is because liquids easily penetrate into the fibres and the longer the stain is left untreated, the more difficult it is to remove. However, many people are unaware that they are actually making things worse.
This is because many people react instinctively and blot vigorously, mistakenly thinking it will prevent the liquid from penetrating deeper into the carpet. Unfortunately, they are doing exactly the opposite; they are pushing the liquid deeper and making the stain more difficult to remove. So, the number one rule when your beautiful carpet gets spilled with red wine is not to panic and avoiding to rub the stain too hard because you will only make it worse. Blot immediately but do it gently, using up and down motion only (never sideways!). Apply a good carpet stain remover (that is effective for that particular type of stain) and vacuum clean.
Prevention is Still the Best “Medicine”
It’s virtually impossible to prevent your carpet from getting stained at some point. However, just a few simple measures such as taking off your shoes when entering the door, removing the carpet when hosting a party, applying a stain-resistant treatment, etc. can help prevent a lot of stubborn stains. But when the worst happens, act immediately (if it’s not mud or chocolate). When it comes to the most stubborn stains, however, it may be best to simply leave them over to the professionals.