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There are so many things that go into selling a home, not the least of which is keeping the house in a condition that allows you to show it to a prospective buyer, at a minute’s notice. The moment we put our home on the market, I pulled out my favorite carpet cleaner and did a good deep-cleaning of each room to get everything “show ready”. The problem in our family, and I’m guessing in yours, is that in between those showings, we LIVE in our house. As it turns out, there was a little more “living” going on than I realized, in our son’s room, this spring. 🙂
In his defense, we had just finished talking to him about keeping his room neater, not leaving the downstairs family room in a mess and not monopolizing the big TV with his video games, for hours on end, so that his dad never had an opportunity to watch his favorite shows. He took it all to heart, cleaned up the family room AND his own room. The next day he came in from work with a TV under his arm and before I knew it, his room had been converted into teenage video game central. And as you know, wherever kids gather for games, movies and conversation, food tends to show up. So, I probably shouldn’t have been surprised when I walked through his room before a showing, last week,to find some sort of food or drink stain splattered across his carpet. Aaagggh! I had no time to pull the carpet shampooer out, again, and it was just that one small area, but I wanted to be sure that the stains were completely removed. Even if they had been drying for the whole two weeks his room had become a “hangout”, I felt like I had a good chance of completely removing them and having a spotless clean carpet, again. All I needed was a can of Spot Shot Carpet Stain Remover and white paper towels or cloths.
When you have tough carpet stains to remove, it’s important to remember a few simple techniques, so that your efforts will be effective.
- Never use a spot treater, carpet cleaner or carpet shampoo without first doing a test patch, somewhere that it won’t be seen. I love doing a back corner in the closet for these tests. They are completely out of sight, that way. To date, I have not had a carpet that gave up it’s color to my favorite carpet spot cleaner, Spot Shot, but I still ALWAYS test to be certain.
- Whether they are fresh or set in, it’s important to remember to blot the stain, not scrub it. Scrubbing can actually push the stain deeper into the carpet and pad where it can mold or mildew, creating unpleasant odors after a time, and then it will become almost impossible to remove without professional carpet cleaning. Scrubbing also frays carpet fibers and shortens the useful life of the areas that you scrub. Save your budget and your carpet … blot, blot, blot!
- Use only WHITE cloths or paper towels. Dye in fabrics and paper towels can often transfer to carpet fibers when they are wet and you don’t want to create a new stain, trying to remove the first one.
- For liquid spills, blot as much of the liquid out of the carpet, as possible before using any cleaning products. You’ll be surprised how much of a fresh stain can be removed by simply getting to it quickly and gently blotting it up.
- For solid spills, like a dinner plate full of lasagna (Don’t ask me how I know this. 🙂 ), carefully lift all the solids off the carpet. Use special care not to push anything into the fibers as you are cleaning up the spill. Once all the solids are removed, gently blot any excess liquid from the carpet with white cloths, before applying any cleaning products.
- I don’t recommend trying to vacuum over fresh carpet stains, before removing them. The high speed and pressure of the vacuum may actually push the materials deeper into your carpet fibers.
- For set-in stains, try misting them with water, before you use any cleaning products. Allow the water to soak into the stain for 60 seconds or more and then, using a white cloth, blot as much of the stain residue from the carpet as you can. Sometimes, you can get the entire stain with just water. However, you may find that you will need a high-quality carpet stain remover to finish the job.
- When I do need to use something stronger than water, Spot Shot Carpet Stain Remover is my first choice. It’s quick and easy to use and the success rate far exceeds any other brand I have tried. I don’t need to pull out my carpet cleaning machine, just to remove a spot in a small area. Simple AND effective is an all around win for me!
Check out my video, below, that shows the final, (and less stressful), NOT red spot removals in our son’s room. They came up with little to no effort and after the red Kool-Aid incident, I was almost excited to be working on something so simple. While we have made the rules about food and drink, upstairs, EXTREMELY clear for future reference, I’m still glad I have Spot Shot in my corner for unexpcted accidents. I hope you’ll click the link in the sidebar to get your coupon for $1 off a can and try it out in your own home! Be sure to enter the giveaway, too, where one lucky winner will receive a coupon for a FREE can of Spot Shot and a $25 Walmart Gift Card!
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