There’s something to be said for the in-home remedy – the clever fix that solves a problem without professional help. There’s also something to be said for being prudent – for not letting pride compel you to handle something on your own when you’re liable to make things worse. When it comes to carpet stains, there are some you can lift away and some you can’t; the trick is knowing which is which.
Here’s a guide that can help you make the smart decision. If you run into one of these situations, it’s time to call your friendly local carpet cleaner:
Light Carpet, Dark Stain
The darker the stain and the lighter your carpet, the greater the chance that things won’t end well. Some examples of dark stains include red wine, coffee, lipstick, and blood. Most dark stains are very difficult to lift completely, regardless of the color of the carpet. But if your carpet is dark, the stain may not be easy to notice. If the carpet is light, the stain may be noticeable no matter what you do.
In this case, you’ll likely need to call a professional carpet cleaning company. But don’t wait. Quick action may keep the stain from setting, which can improve your chances of a good result.
Sometimes, lifting a stain from the carpet doesn’t mean that your problem is solved; for underneath your carpet is a carpet pad that can’t be scrubbed clean. When substances penetrate into the carpet pad, they can’t be easily removed; if these substances are malodorous – like urine or vomit – the odor may also be very difficult to treat.
If you have a scent that outlasts the stain, you’ll need the expertise of a professional to make your carpet completely clean and fresh again. Here in Phoenix, Dr. Chem-Dry is one of the best at removing pet stains and odors from carpets.
Three Strikes & You’re Out
Stain-removing products are more effective than ever, but there are some stains that are still up to the challenge. If you’ve tried to lift a stain at least three times – and failed – then it’s time to admit defeat. If you continue to scrub your carpet, you’ll be a lot more likely to damage the fibers than liberate the stain. Step aside, and call in a professional carpet cleaner.
A Spot That’s Too Clean
Is there such thing as being too clean? Maybe so. If you diligently clean away the stain on your carpet, you many also clean away some dirt and grime that’s been dulling your carpet. The area you just cleaned will look great, but the surrounding carpet may look dull as a result.
If you’re able to clean the remainder of the carpet, feel free to do it on your own. But if you don’t, you’ll want to call in a pro to give your carpet a neat and evenly-clean appearance.