Parker Brothers Carpet Cleaning in Frisco and Plano, TX, recommends urgency when dealing with carpet stains and/or spills. Getting to the problem ASAP often determines whether the spot or stain can be removed. Treat your carpets like you would your favorite clothing. You wouldn’t leave a stain on your new shirt for weeks or months before laundering and expect it to come out.
Most homes already have everyday products that work well in emergencies and keep spills and stains from becoming permanent. Always remember to test an out of the way spot for colorfastness before attempting any spot or stain removal.
Parker Brothers offer these suggestions as a service to their customers. They make no guarantee as to the results and assume no liability for their use.
Our customers have had the best results with do-it-yourself spotting by using the following procedure and repeating as necessary. Use paper towels to blot and dispose of problems such as wine spills, sick kids or pets, kids or pet accidents, weather or grease tracked in from the yard/garage, or food spills. After you have blotted the majority of the spill/stain, flush the area with white vinegar.
Verify that you are using white vinegar. Never use red apple cider vinegar. Blot again. Use a laundry spotter, such as Shout or Spray ‘n Wash to treat the stain. Let this sit for 20 minutes. Put two inches of cold water in a scrub bucket. Add two cups of your white vinegar. Rinse the area with the vinegar solution and a mild scrub brush. The vinegar is a very effective sanitizer, which is helpful in the event of kids/pets being sick or having accidents.
Blot the area with an old terry cloth towel. Only use a towel that is color neutral so no transfer takes place. For more difficult stains, let the laundry spotter sit for additional time. See the following link to the Tide Website for other useful spotting tips.
Remember: Get to spills and stains as soon as possible, and always test for colorfastness. These simple steps can save you $$$ on carpet cleaning and help avoid permanent damage to your carpets and rugs.
Vacuum Cleaner Upkeep
The best way to get value out of your carpet cleaning is to vacuum regularly in between cleanings. Parker Brothers offers these tips:
- Check your bag or dirt receptacle on a regular basis. If it gets too full, it dramatically reduces your machines suction, thus reducing performance.
- Periodically inspect the vacuum belt. If it shows signs of wear or tearing, replace it. A worn belt also reduces performance. Should a worn belt tear, it can cause damage to your vacuum from being sucked into the fan impeller. Avoid repair costs by changing your belt as needed. Many units have diagrams instructing belt change right on the unit.
- Watch for wear on your cord. The vacuum can cause tears or cuts in the cord. Wrap these with electrical tape for safety. This prevents them from becoming worse. Cords showing extreme wear should be replaced immediately.
Parker Brothers Carpet Cleaning encourages you to vacuum regularly to prolong your time between cleanings. Likewise, regular vacuuming prolongs the life of your carpets.
It's easy to check your vacuum belt for signs of wear
by removing the plate from the bottom.
Many units have diagrams on the fan housing
instructing the proper pathway for the belt.
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