Carpet Cleaning Tip: Blot, Don’t Scrub!

When it comes to keeping your carpet clean, dirt and spot prevention should be the number one focus, which can be partially achieved by implementing a “no-shoes” rule in your home as well as strategically placing door mats near the front and back door.

However, 100% prevention isn’t possible as dirt and spills are inevitable, after all, you still do have to live in your home and accidents do happen, particularly in homes with pets and children.

When a spill occurs, there is one consistent spot removal step you won’t want to forget: Blot, don’t scrub!

It might be tempting to attack a stain with vigorous scrubbing, but for carpet stains, elbow grease isn’t the answer. Scrubbing a stain can actually push and grind the dirt or liquid deeper into the carpet fibers. Scrubbing can also deteriorate some of the carpet’s natural resiliency and durability and can cause fraying, which will only lead to worse stains and lower quality down the road.

Instead, you want to gently blot all stains using a dry white cloth or paper towel. Try to avoid cloths and napkins that have bright colors or patterns as there is a chance the printing will bleed into the stain and only worsen the issue and absolutely avoid brushes or scrub pads at all times.

Simply take the cloth and dab the exterior of the stain. Start on the outside and push toward the center of the stain with the heel of your hand so that the stain doesn’t spread further than it already has. Once the spot of the cloth is completely wet or covered in the spill, switch to a drier area and continue the process. If need be, use multiple towels until the stain is 100% gone or dry.

If the stain is dry, but still present, you will want to moisten a new towel with some water or try a green cleaning solution like white vinegar or baking soda. Search Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog for the recommended methods and solutions for removing wine, coffee, pet urine and other common household stains.

If the stain persists, it might require professional attention. Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog recommends Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield for all carpet cleaning services.

The concept of blotting stains is similar to the Chem-Dry methods of carpet cleaning. Champion Chem-Dry technicians apply a light prespray to dirty carpet and stains and then run a buffer pad over the areas to soak up and whisk away the dirt and grime present in your carpet. It’s a very gentle, yet powerful, cleaning service that’s seen great results in Waukesha, Brookfield, Pewaukee and surrounding Wisconsin cities.

For a limited time, Champion Chem-Dry is offering up to $50 off your next service. For more great online deals, visit their website at or their page at Google+.

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