Rug Cleaning Tips: DIY Stain Removal

Sep 26, 2022 | Area Rug Cleaning

Rug Cleaning Tips: DIY Stain Removal

Your delicate area rugs can be precious investments. Whether they have been antiques passed down for generations, a handmade rug, or simply a valuable rug that adds to the look of a room, you try your best to keep them as clean as possible and free from stains. However, the cold hard truth is that accidents happen. Instead of panicking every time someone walks near your area rug with a drink or food that can spill and cause an accident, you can relax knowing that you are prepared to tackle and effectively clean spills and stains on your rug when they inevitably happen. 

At Tri-County Chem-Dry, we’ve come across many different types of area rugs in homes throughout Kings County, Tulare County, and Fresno County that have been tarnished with various types of stains. We’ve been asked by many different homeowners to give some tips and tricks on how to best deal with rug stains when they first happen. That’s because your best chances at salvaging the look and feel of your area rugs from spills and other accidents is to deal with them immediately when they first occur.

The main thing to keep in mind when it comes to rug cleaning and spot removal is that your rug needs special care. Depending on when it was made and the process used to weave it, the fibers and dyes your rug is composed of may be incredibly delicate. 

Because of this, you should take special care to avoid some of the recommended DIY rug cleaning solutions or methods that are out there. That’s because many of these solutions and methods rely on conventional techniques that can also be applied to carpet cleaning, which isn’t as gentle for the fabric or material of your area rug. Accidentally using the wrong method to clean your area rugs could cause irreparable damage or make the rug stain look worse than it did originally.

This month, we wanted to provide you with six rug cleaning tips to be able to use on your own area rugs for whenever an accident resulting in a stain happens. We’ve collected a few of our experienced technicians’ most trusted tips for stain removal and rug cleaning to avoid having a common accident ruin your treasured rug. Contact us to learn more about rug cleaning for your home today!

Tip #1: Don’t procrastinate when dealing with stains.

Don’t hit the panic button whenever a stain makes landfall on your area rug, but this also doesn’t mean to procrastinate cleaning it up. The sooner you make an effort to clean up a spill on your area rug, the better chances you have of preventing permanent stain damage. That’s because the longer a stain sits on the rug, the longer it has to seep deeper into the rug fibers and form a stronger bond on the fabric.


Tip #2: Avoid scrubbing or rubbing at all costs.

When we spill something on our shirts, we immediately feel inclined to scrub at the stain in an effort to get it out. However, you should never do this for area rug stains. The truth is that rubbing can cause significant damage by pushing the pigment even deeper into the delicate fibers. When it comes to treating stains, it’s far better to carefully dab or press a cloth onto the stain to soak up as much pigment as possible. 

Once you have soaked up as much of the spilled stain as possible, contact the team of rug cleaning specialists at Tri-County Chem-Dry. Our highly rated rug cleaning service in Kings County, Tulare County, and Fresno County is designed to remove virtually any stain from area rugs. We have experience in removing some of the most pigmented stains, especially those from pet urine accidents.


Tip #3: Don’t dab with just any cloth. 

When you go to pick up a spill on your area rug, take special care to not use just any type of cloth to soak up the spilled liquid. Colored or patterned rugs may contain dyes that can accidentally transfer color onto the rug, resulting in greater damage. Instead of using a colored cloth, strive to keep clean and white cotton cloths in an accessible location to avoid ever accidentally grabbing a colored tea towel for this purpose.


Tip #4: Know how to remedy burn stains.

Burn marks are a different category of stains and can be particularly frustrating when you consider the damage fire and extreme heat can do to your rug. Unlike normal stains, dabbing won’t do the trick here. 

Take a close look at the rug, and you’ll notice that the burn is likely only affecting the very top portion of the carpet fibers. If this is indeed the case, you’re in luck. Just trim away the burnt bit of each fiber with cosmetic scissors and carefully brush the unaffected fibers around the shorter pieces.

If you’re unsure about how to effectively remedy your rug’s burn stains, contact a Tri-County Chem-Dry representative today.


Tip #5: Book regular rug cleaning appointments.

If you begin to notice the formation of spots and other dark circles on your rugs that aren’t the direct result of previous spills, this is a strong indication that your rug is long overdue for professional cleaning services. The area rug cleaning service from Tri-County Chem-Dry provides the best solution for this kind of problem. That’s because our carefully formulated process uses the most gentle methods to thoroughly clean and rid your carpet of trapped dirt, allergens, and other built-up grime. Because our process is so gentle, we won’t damage the texture or appearance of your rug either. Learn more about our advanced rug cleaning service in Kings County, Tulare County, and Fresno County here.


Tip #6: Know when to call for professional help.

When your rug is the victim of a spill or other type of rug stain, it can be risky trying to utilize the right cleaning method for your specific rug without causing accidental damage. After carefully soaking up the accident on your rug with a white cotton cloth, give Tri-County Chem-Dry a call for the best rug cleaning in Visalia, Tulare, Hanford, and the surrounding areas.


Rug Cleaners in Kings County, Tulare County, and Fresno County

Take the first step towards healthier and cleaner area rugs by scheduling an appointment with us today! Call 559-337-5155 to get in touch with one of our representatives today. We look forward to providing you with our effective rug cleaning service.

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