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Top Carpet Stain Removal Tips

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Top Carpet Stain Removal Tips

Remember when you first moved into your house? The carpets were so fluffy, so new, so white. Fast forward to today, and now that same carpet is sporting the remnants of two kids’ birthday parties, one wayward bottle of red wine and several unfortunate pet incidents.


A clean carpet makes your house look and smell better. Not only can dirty carpets sport ugly stains, they can trap bad smells inside the home. That could be why it’s such a big business. According to Consumer Reports, Americans spend $3 billion a year to have their carpets professionally cleaned.


A good, professional carpet cleaning can turn back time on your home’s carpet, making your home as spotless as they day you moved in. Here are five ideas from Red Beacon to help you tackle the task.

  1. 1.Know Your Stain

    Not all stains are created equal. Some stains are harder to get out than others. Some easier stains to remove are things like ink, juice or excrement.

    Not all stains are created equal. Some stains are harder to get out than others. Some easier stains to remove are things like ink, juice or excrement. Things like blood, chocolate and vomit are a little more difficult to remove, so they require tougher cleaners. It’s also possible that you’re tackling something bigger like flood damage or cleaning up your rental property after some not so sanitary previous inhabitants. Take all these things into consideration when outlining a plan with your professional.

  2. 2.Know Your Carpet Type

    There are a many different types of carpet on the market. The most common carpet fibers are acrylic, blends, nylon, olefin (also known as polypropylene), polyester, recycled and wool. The way the carpet is also variety in the feel of carpet. There are options like textured plush, Saxony and plush that lend different looks to your home while taking into account different kinds of lifestyles. The kind of carpet you have plays a huge role in what kind of cleaner you’ll use. Some carpets can’t take bleach-based cleaners. Some are more durable and can stand up to rigorous scrubbing better than others.

  3. 3.Act Fast

    Help your professional by doing some of the work right when the stain happens. Blot the spot – but make sure not to rub or be too rough as that could just grind the stain in more deeply. Using cool or lukewarm water, mix up a dish detergent solution. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse. Repeat this process several times, but make sure you are gentle.

  5. 4.Repeat Business

    Make carpet cleaning a regularly scheduled part of your home maintenance. Having the carpets in your home cleaned often will cut down on the work your professional will have to do the next time. Instead of having to tackle years of built-up stains, he or she may only be challenged with one or two. That will probably mean lower cleaning bills for you in the future, too.

  6. 5.Find Someone You Trust

    Use Redbeacon to look for certified, experienced professionals to clean your carpet. Or, ask your friends, family and neighbors for recommendations.


    Is it worth repairing? The lifespan of a carpet is anywhere from 10 to 20 years. If your carpet is badly stained and showing its age, it might be better to just toss it in favor of something brand new.


    Taking these tips into consideration could help your carpets have a brilliant future and keep any stains firmly in the past!

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