1...Vacuuming is the best and easiest maintenance. How often vacuuming should be done depends largely on where the rug is being used. It is most important to keep in mind that frequent, sometimes daily vacuuming is the key to keeping dirt and soil accumulation to a minimum. Therefore, traffic dictates the frequency of professional cleaning.
2...Get at stains quickly, 99% of all stains can be removed by one cleaning agent or another if they are cleaned in the first few days. The longer a stain chemically reacts with the carpet the harder it will be to remove it.
3...Try to remove residual stain with a little lukewarm (not hot) water containing a small amount of dishwashing liquid and acetic acid (white vinegar).Do not overuse detergents, shampoos or spotters. Too much detergent will result in residual left in the carpet that even thorough vacuuming may not remove.
4... If water fails, the next step is solvent. This must be used sparingly and always according to the manufacturer's instructions. Always check the solvent manufacturer's label for possible warning as to toxic or flammable hazards.
5...Test carpet before spotting. All carpets are different. Some carpets are very sensitive to acid type cleaners and will lose their color quickly. Other carpet dyes are sensitive to harsh alkalis.
Always test the effect of the solvent by applying a few drops to an unseen area of the carpet and blot with a clean white tissue or paper towel.
6... Remove any solids using a spoon or blunt knife, working from the edge of the stain and as much as possible in the direction of the pile. The exception is latex paint, which solidifies on rubbing. Rinse with water while blotting up.
7... Press absorbent white paper towel gently on the stain and repeat until no more moisture is absorbed.
8... Never dig or brush spots. The proper procedure is to scrape the spot towards the middle and then tamp the spot into the white towel or cloth using a brush or other tamping devices. A meat tenderizer makes a great tamping tool.
9... Never walk on a moist area of the carpet. This can distort the pile.
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