How To Apply Carpet Cleaning Products
Step one. Is the carpet cleaner suitable for your stain? Many carpet spot cleaners contain active ingredients such as reducing agents, bleaches, and solvents that may not be suitable for your particular stain. However, if you do wish to continue with a carpet cleaner, there are some general rules you should follow.
Step two: dilute the cleaner. To reduce the risk of damaging your carpet, dilute the cleaning fluid by adding a teaspoon of the cleaner to a bowl of warm water. If you’re using a spray application, don’t use too much.
Step three: patch test. Before applying any solution to your carpet, you should always do a patch test. Choose an out of the way area of the carpet, and apply a small amount. Wait a few minutes to ensure that problems don’t develop.
Step four: neutralize a bleach reaction. If the solution appears to be lightening or bleaching the carpet, rinse it out immediately by spraying the area with clean water, and then dabbing it dry. Do not continue; call a professional.
Step five. If your carpet turns brown after the solution has been applied, this is an alkaline reaction and will need to be neutralized. Add several splashes of white vinegar to a bowl of warm water, and dab the solution onto the stain using a white cloth. Do not continue; call a professional.
Step six. If there are no adverse reactions, you may continue. Dampen the whole cloth with the solution, and lay it over the stain. Handy hint. Use the bottom of the spoon to work the liquid into the carpet without damaging the fibers. Work from the outside in, to prevent the stain from spreading.
Step seven: check for dye leakage. Look at the cloth you are using to massage the solution into the carpet. If there is any dye from the carpet itself, stop applying the solution immediately. Rinse the stain with clean water and call a professional.
Step eight: remove the solution promptly. Don’t leave the solution on for any longer than it suggests on the label as it increases the chances that the active ingredients may damage the carpet. You must rinse all of the solutions from your carpet as any remnants will attract dirt. Spray the area with clean water, and then blot it up with kitchen towel. If you do not have a spray bottle, you can dab on water using a sponge. If any stain remains, don’t tackle it again, it’s time to call in a professional. However, if you follow these steps, you should avoid any damage to your carpet while using carpet spot cleaners.