Common Carpet Stains: How To Keep Your Carpet Looking Great Between Professional Cleanings

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Have you ever had your carpet professionally cleaned only to spill something on it the very next day? While it's extremely frustrating to soil or stain your carpet after your cleaning service worked so diligently to make it beautiful again, accidents and spills happen -- sometimes on a daily basis. Since you can't call a carpet cleaning service for every spill and mess, you have to take steps to keep your carpet clean between professional cleanings from a company like Logan Carpet Cleaning Inc. Following are a couple of the toughest carpet messes and how to clean them. 

Pet Urine

Perhaps the nastiest and toughest mess to clean, pet urine really does a number on carpets. Not only is it difficult to remove pet urine stains and odors, failure to do so can result in your pet seeking out the same spot for future use. If you're lucky enough to find the spot when it's still wet, do the following:

  1. Soak up as much urine as you can with paper towels. Keep blotting until the area is merely damp. 
  2. Rinse the spot thoroughly with clean water until you can't smell the urine at close range. Soak up the water with paper towels or wet vac. 
  3. Consider treating the area with pet enzyme remover to remove any odors that you can't smell. These odors might return on hot, sunny days or attract the attention of your pet. 

If you're not fortunate enough to find the stain while it's still wet, clean the area with a wet vac or extractor. Do not use heated water or chemical cleaners as this will only make the problem worse. Follow up with a high-quality pet odor neutralizer. 

Dirt And Mud

When it's wet and muddy outside, the mess is sure to find some way into your home and into your carpet. While it may be tempting to clean mud stains when they're wet, doing so will only make the stain larger. If you find mud on your carpet, here's how to clean it:

  1. Let the mud dry thoroughly. Brush the carpet with a bristled brush to loosen the dirt and bring it to the surface. Vacuum as much of the dirt up as possible. 
  2. Clean the stain with a small amount of dish soap and warm water. 
  3. Rinse the area with cool water and blot dry. 

It's easy to keep your carpet looking great between professional cleanings if you're diligent. Don't allow stains to sit. Clean them as soon as you're aware of them for best results.