Carpet Cleaning After The Holidays

Whether it's the ghouls trick-or-treating on Halloween, the gobbles of great food on Thanksgiving, or the gatherings of loved ones over the holiday season, the celebrations take a toll on carpets. Food and friends make the perfect pairing for celebrations but that can mean spills and splashes on carpets, tile and upholstery. There's no need to panic when you know the tricks the pros use to treat tough holiday carpet stains. It is important to treat spots and stains PROMPTLY and PROPERLY to avoid letting them do permanent damage to the fibers. From splashes of punch and gravy to smears of caramel and cranberries or just the large amount of traffic flowing through your home the holiday season can leave your carpet looking drab. Many of you have good intentions but what ends up happening is stains are made worse by incorrectly treating the spots. This makes is even that much more difficult for us professionals to clean. We advise you all to avoid these common mistakes when treating stains on fabric:

* Do not over-saturate the stain with cleaning products. This just makes a small spot large. 

* Do not rub the carpet or upholstery. This can cause damage to the texture of the carpet.

* Do not put water on a dry soil. Rather, make sure as much of it is vacuumed first.

When fighting the inevitable drips and dribbles of entertaining at home there are a few general best practices for treating your stains.

1. Remove as much stain material as possible. If it's dry, vacuum up as much as you can. If it is semi-solid, scrape or scoop it up with a spoon or dull knife. If it is liquid, blot it dry.

2, Blot the stain with cool water, and then blot dry.

3, Make foam using a mixture of 1/4 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap in a cup a tepid water. Be sure to always test any cleaning agents in an inconspicuous area of the carpet/fabric first to ensure there is no adverse reaction with the flooring/fabric. If not, apply foam with a sponge or soft brush to the stained are in a wiping motion going toward the center of the spot. If you start in the center with circular motion, the stain WILL spread.

4, Finally, blot with cool water, then blot dry.

From candy canes to fudge to grandma’s famous yams, most stains can be cleaned using these techniques...

BUT if you are unable to get that stain out or get your carpet looking "Pre-Holiday" it is much easier for us to help you with that then getting your body back to "Pre-Holiday" TRUST ME!!!!

Give us call to help with all that foot traffic dirt or to get rid of that pesky stain that just won't budge!

After all that holiday giving and cheer we promise to get you cleaned up without causing more damage to your bank account then your grand children did! 

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