Carpeting your house is a very expensive proposition. So, if you have carpeting installed, you should take good care of it by employing some very basic preventive measures. For high traffic areas, you could lay some plastic runners to prevent the carpet from deteriorating more rapidly there than other areas. You could inform everyone in the home to be careful when walking around with liquids in containers. You can ask occupants of the home and visitors take off their shoes at the door when they enter as they could bring in dirt and other foreign material stuck on their shoes and stain your carpet.
To clean carpet effectively, you must first determine the various kinds of carpets you have installed in your house. They could be synthetic or fiber. If you have synthetic carpeting, you should never pour cleaning solution on the carpet directly. You should dip a piece of cloth in the solution and apply it to the stain instead. Basically you will need a detergent and a solvent to complete the job. Here are the formulas:
For synthetic carpets:
Detergent: Use a ¼ cup of dish detergent and one cup of warm water;
one cup of white vinegar and two cups of water
Solvent: use nail polish remover or oil solvents.
For Natural Fiber carpets:
Detergent : Use one teaspoon dish detergent and one cup of warm water
Vinegar: Use ¼ cup of white vinegar and a ¼ cup of water.
Ammonia: use one tablespoon of ammonia and ½ cup of warm water.
Solvent: Use nail polish remover or soil solvent.
By mixing and applying these formulas to the stained areas of your floor, you will get your carpet clean again. You will get many years of good use from your carpets when you protecting them from abuse and neglect. You will have your carpet looking well maintained and cherish it for a very long time.
If you are not inclined to remove stains from your carpet yourself, then your next option will be to hire a professional carpet cleaner. They have a wide array of chemicals they use for carpet cleaning. But, when the job is done it will look like new again. They usually add a protective coating on the carpet so if liquids such as wines or food flavoring etc., are spilled on the carpet, it will clean off very easily the next time you have stains in that area. Besides, the professionals will give you a warranty for the work and protect your investment for a long time. It is nice to have a warranty. When you know how to get stains out of your carpet, your services could be in high demand by your family. Enjoy your newly cleaned carpets!