Depending on when your house or apartment was built, your floors could be covered in a variety of materials. Many of the newer homes are using a Berber carpet that hides stains and dirt, which is perfect for high traffic areas. Another great solution for homes that get a lot of traveling on their floors are the affordable laminate floors that look like hardwoods. If you have an older home, you probably have a low pile carpet, and the odds are, it is in a light color. Apparently there was a sale on light tan carpet in the 1980’s and 1990’s because it is everywhere! If you have a couple of kids and a pet or two, stains are just waiting to happen. If that is the case, try these tips:
Five Tips To Easily Remove Carpet Stains
- Carpet Protection: If possible, be proactive and head to the home supply store and get a can or two of fabric guard that is made for carpets. This will help repel many potential stains, making it easier to remove carpet stains.
- Blot: If you have spilled liquid, blot as soon as you can, preferably with a white or light colored cloth. Continue to blot until you have gotten as much liquid up as you can.
- Pre-Treat: If you have a sauce, food, blood or other enzyme stain, pre-treat with the appropriate ingredient. For instance, if you have spilled ink, a mixture of baking soda and vinegar can lift a lot of it up out of the carpet, making it less of a hassle to clean.
- Heat: If you have a stain with a red base, like fruit punch or koolaid, you can take the stain away with an iron. Take a white cloth and place on top of the stain. Heat the iron to low-medium and count to 15 and lift. Move around the stain and continue to count and move until the stain is removed or at least lighter.
- Carpet Cleaning Machine: Everyone with carpets of any color should have a carpet cleaning machine. If you have pets or kids, the floor cleaning products from Bissell are perfect for your needs.
Easily Remove Carpet Stains
The Bissell company got it start quite by accident on a Saturday way back in 1876. Melville R. Bissell and his wife Anna, who owned a crockery shop, were always sweeping up sawdust. On this particular Saturday night, as Melville was sweeping up his latest mess, an idea came to him. Melville invented a unique carpet sweeper and quickly had it patented. When friends and family saw it in use and began asking for it, a business was born! Upon Melville’s passing in 1889, Anna became the first female CEO in America when she took over the company. The company has grown tremendously over the next several decades into one of the industry giants in floor cleaning products. You can find a huge variety of vacuum and carpet cleaners, steam and hard floor cleaners, pet tools and cleaning products for your floor and the machines.
I was sent the Bissell SpotClean Complete™ Pet, which can be found at retailers who sell floor cleaning products for $119.99. The SpotClean will permanently remove pet and other stains from carpets, rugs, stairs, upholstery, and more. With the HeatWave Technology®, the higher water temperature helps clean your carpets more thoroughly. It comes with a 3” Tough Stain Tool for cleaning stairs and upholstery and hard-to-reach places, a Stain Trapper Tool to clean and separates in to another container, the more, shall we say, gnarly messes. The machine is lightweight, portable, has a soft grip handle and comes with an 8 ounce bottle of the Bissell 2X Pet Stain & Odor Formula and a 16 ounce bottle of the Bissell OxyGen Boost Formula for permanent stain removal as well as a 2-Year Limited Warranty. If you have those tough to clean stains on your carpet, furniture, rugs and more, the Bissell SpotClean Complete™ Pet is just what you need. Be sure to follow Bissell on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all the latest news and great deals.
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