Keep Your Carpet Looking Beautiful

Vacuum Regularly:
The most important thing you can do for your carpet is to vacuum it regularly. Removing dirt particles will reduce abrasion that can dull carpet fibers. Use a vacuum with a beater-bar, which will raise the pile when it removes soil.
Use Entrance Mats:
Place walk-off mats inside and outside entrances to trap soil before it can be tracked into your home. Soil is the greatest threat to your carpet’s appearance.
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Blot Up Spills Immediately:
Immediate attention to spills and spots will make removal easier. Always blot the area being cleaned. Never rub, scrub or use a brush.
Clean Periodically:
Clean your carpet using hot-water extraction before it shows traffic patterns. Professional cleaning using hot-water extraction is the preferred method.
Step 1:
  • Use a spoon or dull knife to remove solid materials
  • For large stains, work from the outside of the stain to the center to prevent spreading.
  • Blot up liquid spills with a colorfast or white paper towel.
  • Mix a solution of ¼ teaspoon of clear hand dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of water. Stir gently.
  • Apply detergent solution directly to a white cloth. Dampen the carpet fibers in the stained area with a cloth. Avoid saturating the carpet.
  • Wipe gently. Turn cloth frequently.
  • NEVER RUB, SCRUB OR USE A BRUSH BECAUSE IT MAY DAMAGE CARPET FIBERS. If necessary, use your fingertips to work the solution to the base of the stain.
  • Wet the stained carpet fibers with clear, lukewarm water to rinse.
  • Cover the spot with an absorbent white towel or paper towel and apply pressure to blot.
  • Repeat the rinsing and blotting procedures until you are sure all traces of the detergent have been removed.
  • If the stain is gone, place an absorbent towel or white paper towel over the area cleaned and weigh towels down with a heavy, colorfast object, such as a weighted plastic wastebasket.
  • Change towels or paper towels until carpet dries.
  • If stain remains, proceed to step 2 (for coffee, tea or urine, skip step 2 and proceed to step 3).
Step 2:
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of non-bleaching, non-sudsing household ammonia with 1 cup of lukewarm water.
  • Apply ammonia solution, rinse and blot as outlined in Step1.
  • Do not dry with paper towels. Proceed to step 3 to neutralize the ammonia solution.
Step 3:
  • Mix ½ cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of lukewarm water.
  • Apply vinegar solution, rinse and blot as outline in step 1.
Water-Based Stains:
  • Alcohol
  • Blood
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Cologne
  • Food Stains (General)
  • Ice Cream
  • Liquor
  • Soil Spots
  • Vomit
  • Whisky
  • Beer
  • Cola
  • Fruit Punch
  • Latex Paint
  • Tomato Juice
  • Baby Formula
  • Candy
  • Clay
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Fruit Juice
  • Grape Juice
  • Jelly
  • Milk
  • Syrup
  • Water Colors
  • Wine
  • Ketchup
  • Felt-Tip Marker
  • Graphite
  • Soft Drinks
  • Watermelon
For these stains, start with step 1. If the stain remains, proceed with steps 2 and 3. Special Water-Based Stains: Coffee, Tea And Urine For these stains, start with step 1. If the stain remains, proceed with step 3. Omit step 2.
Greasy, Oil-Based Stains:
  • Butter
  • Cosmetics
  • Furniture Polish (oil based)
  • Grease (black)
  • Ink
  • Mascara
  • Ointment
  • Peanut Butter
  • Spaghetti
  • Cooking Oil
  • Gravy
  • Margarine
  • Oil Paint
  • Wax
  • Chocolate
  • Crayon
  • Glue
  • Gum
  • Lipstick
  • Mayonnaise
  • Oil
  • Rouge
  • Varnish
  • Furniture Dye
  • Hand Cream
  • Nail Polish
  • Salad Dressing
Have more questions? Call the experts with Shilling's Carpets & Floors at (574) 277-3110 today.