Spot Cleaning Tips

Assured Spotting Tips

Act Quickly!  Most carpet available today has been treated with a stain-resist treatment, so many spills can be removed if immediate action is taken.  The longer the delay, the higher the probability of a spill becoming a permanent stain. Remember, staining is influenced by many factors, and no carpet is completely stain proof.

Blot liquids with a dry, white, absorbent cloth or or white paper toweling (no printing). 

Do not scrub the area!  Scrubbing may cause pile distortion in the affected area.  Continue to use a dry cloth or paper towels until the area is completely dry.  For semi-solids, gently scrape up with a rounded spoon.  Solids should be broken up and vacuumed until completely removed.

Pretest any spot removal agent in an inconspicuous area to be certain the solution will not damage the fiber or the dye.  After applying several drops to the testing area, hold a white cloth on the wet area for 10 seconds.  Examine the carpet and cloth for color transfer, color change, or damage to the carpet.  If a change occurs, another cleaning solution should be selected. 

Apply a small amount of the selected cleaning solution to a white cloth and work in gently. 

Work from the edges of the spill to the center to prevent the spill from spreading.  Do not scrub! Blot in order to absorb as much as possible, and repeat if necessary. 

Continue using the first cleaning solution as long as there is a transfer of the spill to the cloth.  It is not necessary to use all of the cleaning solutions if the first solution removes the spill.

Be patient!  Complete removal of the spill may require repeating the same step several times.  After the spill has been completely removed, rinse the affected area thoroughly with cold water, and blot with a dry cloth until all of the solution has been removed.  Some cleaning solutions will cause rapid soiling if the solution is not completely removed.  Apply a one-half inch layer of white paper towels to the affected area, and weigh down with a flat, heavy object.  Continue to change paper towels as needed.

Assured Carpet Care Tips

When it comes to maintaining your carpet, one of the most critical areas of focus is the traffic areas.  If ground in soil is not removed on a regular basis, the traffic areas will begin to wear excessively.  The dirt is extremely abrasive against the fibers of the carpet as you walk back and forth on it.  The second area of focus of course is spot removal.  You must react to “danger” spots immediately.  Red wine, red beverages, urine, blood, etc., can cause a permanent stain if not treated immediately.

Listed below are the steps that you must take to properly maintain your carpeting.

1. Vacuuming

Vacuum your carpet often – once or twice a week as least.  Vacuuming removes the abrasive soil that can cut and slice the fiber causing premature wear.  Much of this soil is not visible to the eye.  Vacuum before the carpet looks soiled.  Remove any loose particles such as food, leaves, pieces of crayon, bugs, etc., as these items can cause a spot on the carpet.

2. Professional Cleaning

As a general rule, carpet cleaning by a professional, certified firm should take place about once per year.  For extremely heavy traffic areas, cleaning may be required more often.  Proper, professional cleaning will not leave a sticky residue behind and can be done as many times per year as needed.  Many stain resist warranties require professional cleaning every 2 years.  Professional cleaning removes the damaging soil in traffic areas that vacuuming has not been able to remove.

Warning: Uninformed carpet cleaners may void your warranty.

3. Warranty

Stain resist warranties can vary from 5 to 25 years.  All stain resist warranties require regular cleaning and immediate spot removal.