Carpet Cleaning Southampton emergencies
If something gets spilled on the carpet, immediate action can sometimes prevent staining. Being prepared in case of Carpet Cleaning Southampton emergencies can often make a difference. Have a bucket or other container on hand to deal with spillages quickly. In the container, store a clean white absorbent cloth or towel, a dry cleaning solution such as Surgical Spirit, a detergent solution, a vinegar solution and ammonia solution. All the solutions should be clearly labeled.
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For the detergent solution, combine one teaspoon of a gentle detergent to a half pint of water. The vinegar solution should be mixed one teaspoon of white, non malt, vinegar to a mixture of detergent solution. Mix one teaspoon of household ammonia with one cup of water for the ammonia solution.
When facing a Carpet Cleaning Southampton emergency, here are a few helpful hints to keep in mind. Do not over-wet. This could cause the backing materials under the carpet to become too saturated. Also, always test the solution to be used on an inconspicuous area prior to treating the stain itself to be sure it is color safe. When using detergents, use the dilution ratios recommended on their labels or the above mentioned ratio.
Before treating the stain, scrape or blot up excess liquids. When treating the stain, blot rather than rubbing or scrubbing it. Only use Carpet Cleaning Southampton detergents, not detergents meant for other uses such as dish or laundry cleaning detergents.
Stains are more likely to be successfully removed if they are dealt with as quickly as possible, keeping the fabric or carpet as dry as possible. Also, working from the outside of the stain towards the middle will help to keep the stain from spreading outwards. When using a cleaning solution, apply the solution to an absorbent cloth, not to the carpet.
When treating alcohol, coffee, tea, liquid foods or urine spills, first blot up the surplus spillage. Use the detergent and vinegar solution, as described above. Use a little of the mixture at a time, working from the outside edge of the stain inward. Blot frequently, with absorbent, dry cloths. Once the stain has been lifted, use the final rinse procedure as described later in this article.
If the stain is made from chocolate, sweets, blood, glue, egg, ice cream, milk, soft drinks or vomit, start by scraping up the excess material with a blunt knife. Use the detergent solution, beginning at the outer edge of the stain. Dry the material by blotting up with an absorbent cloth. Then, use the ammonia solution on the stain. Again, blot dry. Use the final rinse procedure below.
For solids, fats, tar, chewing gum, oil, ointment or shoe polish, scrape up the excess with a blunt knife. Use a dry cleaning solution followed by the detergent and vinegar solution. Blot dry, and follow up with the rinse procedure. For stubborn tar stains, apply WD-40 and allow to soak for ten minutes. Blot up the excess. Repeat procedure until the tar is removed.
When dealing with unknown stains scrape or blot surplus spillage. Use the dry cleaning solution, followed by clean, lukewarm water. Blot dry. If the stain is still not gone, use either the detergent or detergent and vinegar solution and then blot dry. Follow with the final rinse procedure below.
To do a final rinse, mix one part white vinegar and four parts water. Use a spray bottle to spray the mixture over the stained area. Blot dampened area to remove the excess moisture. Spread a white kitchen towel or absorbent cloth over the affected area and place a weight, such as a telephone directory, on top of it. Folding the cloth so that it is thicker is recommended. Leave overnight. Repeat the process as necessary.
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