How do I remove this stain from my area rug? As professional carpet cleaners in Lawton, Oklahoma we get asked this question frequently. After trying probably every over-the-counter stain remover on the market, we have found a couple of DIY stain removal tips to try before spending your money on cleaners that don’t work or calling a professional carpet and rug cleaner. Sometimes a stain will come out easily, and sometimes professional cleaning services may be needed – all stains and area rugs are different!
DIY Stain Removal for Rugs:
VERY IMPORTANT – Before starting, make sure the rug is not a high end oriental rug as it may bleed. Check the tab. Click here for a good article giving 3 signs of a quality oriental rug.
Mix 32 oz. of water to 1 tablespoon of Dawn liquid detergent. Mix well and put in spray bottle. (If it’s an oil-based stain the Dawn should help out.)
Spray enough to saturate the affected area.
Lightly agitate and dab a little bit to smear the area.
Allow it to sit for 5 minutes.
Now extract with water and wet/dry ShopVac. Do not use a regular vacuum!
If the stain comes up all the way, place a fan to dry the area. If not, repeat process one more time.
If the stain is still there we recommend contacting your local professional carpet and rug cleaner. Upon inspection they should be able to give you a good idea if the stain is even removable or not.
It’s that time of year for spring cleaning. The definition of spring cleaning is a thorough cleaning of a house or room, typically undertaken in spring. Since you will be busy cleaning your house from top to bottom, we are here to remind you about your dirty carpet! Vacuuming isn’t considered to be a thorough cleaning, so we recommend hiring a professional carpet cleaner to deep clean your carpets a minimum of every 12 or 18 months, before it shows soiling. Learn more about the steps involved in professional carpet cleaning in order to achieve a true deep clean by clicking here.
If you live in Lawton, Oklahoma or surrounding areas of Comanche County, be sure to enter our spring cleaning giveaway on Facebook!The winner will be chosen at random and will receive a FREE 4-room deep carpet cleaning which includes the following:
There are many blogs and articles about reasons why you should replace your carpet. We find that a few of these reasons can be fixed instead of replaced, which saves the homeowner lots of money! Here are 3 things you should consider hiring a professional to do first before paying a lot more to replace the carpet in an entire room or home.
Carpet Repair – So your carpet is ripped, burned, or bleached? Many professionals like us are able to repair a patch of your carpet to look like brand new again. Carpet repairs in Lawton, Oklahoma are incredibly more affordable than having new carpet installed. We recently saved this homeowner from replacing the carpet in a section of their home:
Deep-cleaning and/or Stain Removal – There are many times that carpet appears to be so dirty and stained that it can’t be saved. With the correct cleaning agents, equipment, and expertise, the right professional carpet cleaner will be able to deep clean your carpet back to new again! A picture is worth a thousand words, so here is a recent job we did showing stain removal and carpet cleaning before and after results:
Pet Odor and Urine Stain Removal – One of the top reasons for replacing carpet in homes is odor, usually from pet stains. Dog urine stains and odors are very difficult to remove. As you can see from the image below, stains typically stay in your carpet even when it appears to be clean. Most professional carpet cleaners offer pet odor and stain removal services and/or DIY cleaning products. In order to remove urine stains and odor, it takes a different cleaning agent and a more vigorous cleaning process. Some pet stains are set in too deep for too long to remove them completely.
Hopefully these tips save you a little money now or in the future. If you have any questions concerning carpet services, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
You may not realize it, but your couch is the usually the dirtiest piece of furniture in your home. Upholstery is a keeper of dirt, grime, bacteria, body oils, and possibly even mold! Just think about everything your couch goes through:
Daily encounters with bottoms of humans
The drippings of meals and snacks that sneak into the cracks
Dogs and cats shedding their hair and dirt all over
Family and friends crashing on it with possible drool and other stuff that sneaks out at night
Ok, we’re done grossing you out. Since your beloved spot on the couch is where you spend the most time vegging out, you should probably have your upholstery professionally deep-cleaned as often as you do the carpet. It probably doesn’t even look dirty to you, but that’s what these clients thought until after we deep-cleaned them with specially designed tools and cleaning solutions to gently clean folds and crevices:
If the pictures don’t convince you then don’t take our word for it! Here’s a Facebook review from a satisfied client of our upholstery and carpet cleaning services in Lawton, Oklahoma:
“A-Team is fantastic!!! They are professional, personable and courteous. They came in and took care of my carpets and upholstery. Did I mention they got stains out of our carpets and couch I never thought would come out? This is my second time to use them, first was a hot water tank clean up. Definitely USE THIS COMPANY!!” – April S.
Your couch is always there for you, so be sure to take good care of it. It will not only look good and last longer, it will also be healthier and cleaner.
Carpets take a lot of wear, tear, rips, and stains. Sometimes the damage is repairable, and other times it has to be replaced. You would be surprised at what a carpet repair or color restoration specialist can do to save your carpet. Carpet repair is a more affordable option than replacing your entire carpet, so check with a professional to see if your damage can be repaired. Here are some before and after pictures of carpet repair, carpet stretching, color restoration, and spot removal done by the specialists at A-Team Carpet Clean in Lawton, Oklahoma. Keep scrolling for some DIY carpet repair tips!
Never pull any strings and always cut with scissors or a razor.
If you see a tear in the carpet try to cover the area with a rug, runner, or anything so that it gets little foot traffic. This will slow down the rate that the fibers come loose from the primary backing.
Be careful when vaccuming because the rotary rollers can do more damage to the loose fibers.
If you are in need of professional carpet repair services, please check for carpet remnates in closets or attics with the same style and color of carpet. If none is avalabile a closet may be the next choice to remove carpet from. Most reputable carpet repair businesses such as A-Team Carpet Clean offer a replacement remnant for closets (one standard style and color which is not guaranteed to match carpet in closet).
Did you know that water damage is among the top 3 reasons that homeowners in Lawton, Oklahoma file an insurance claim year after year? Reduce the risk of incurring water damage in your home this winter with these water damage prevention tips.
Common Winter Issues
From our experience in water extraction services, the most common leak prone areas during the winter months are bathroom sinks, outside water faucets, hot water tanks, and attics with plumbing. Recommendations for water damage prevention:
Busted pipes will flood a bathroom.
3 feet of water damage here!
Mold & mildew form very quickly!
Bathrooms – When the temperature falls below freezing, keep bathroom cabinet doors open and leave hot and cold faucets at a steady low stream. These tips are good for all faucets within your home.
Outside faucets – Protect outside faucets with an insulated cover. Try not to use outside faucets during the winter. This helps reduce the risk of frozen pipes. If you have a crawlspace under your home, be sure to close vents and ensure pipes are properly insulated during the winter.
Hot water tanks – The average life expectancy of a water heater is 8-12 years, dependent on many different factors. Tanks that are never drained tend to leak earlier. Click here for more tips from Lowe’s about when to replace a water heater.
Attic plumbing – Attic pipes are more prone to freeze. This can cause a major flood in your home. If your plumbing is in the attic, it needs to be properly insulated in order to prevent freezing and bursting.
When Prevention Does Not Work
So you tried our water damage prevention tips but the elements had another idea? Sometimes the best preventative methods cannot stop a catastrophe from happening. If a flood occurs in your home or business, immediately call a professional cleaning company to perform proper water extraction services. Don’t try to clean up the water damage on your own; mold and bacteria can form in your carpets and walls within hours. Only professional cleaning equipment can safely and completely remove water damage in your home. A Team Carpet Clean offers 24/7 emergency water extraction services to residents and businesses in Lawton, Oklahoma and surrounding areas of Comanche County.
As a professional carpet cleaning company, A-Team Carpet Clean strives to try and remove every stain that may fall in your home. However not every stain is removable, regardless of what chemicals are used or how many times it is cleaned. Most stains are removeable, but if not properly treated quickly the carpet will leave a permanent stain. Since this is not common knowledge among our customers, we feel that education is necessary to avoid false expectations for cleaning results. This blog will inform you about carpet stains that absolutely cannot be removed at all or unless treated quickly, and the options for taking care of these permanent stain situations.
Stains That Cannot Be Removed
Important – Always read and follow the care instructions and any warnings provided by your carpet manufacturer. Rugs and carpets with natural fibers and/or certain dyes may require special treatment. If in doubt, contact a cleaning professional for advice and service.
If not treated quickly, the following items will leave stains in your carpet and cannot be removed by a professional cleaning company (much less DIY stain removal techniques) as they will permanently ALTER THE CARPET’S COLOR AND FIBER:
Acid toilet bowl cleaners
alkaline drain cleaners
chlorinated bleach (as pictured here)
mustard with turmeric
long term pet urine stains
The reason that certain chemicals will alter the carpet’s color and fiber is that nylon has dye sites that take color, much like human hair. Along with synthetic fibers that are colored, carpet is also made up of plastic which is made from products similar to plastic water bottles that can be easily physically altered by the wrong chemicals. Call a professional to assess your stains for potential removal or to see if bonded insert services are needed. Most likely the only solution is to insert carpet from a closet, or some other area into the area where the spot is cut out (as seen in this before and after picture).
Professional Stain Removal & Cleaning Benefits
Your best bet to save your carpet is to call a professional carpet cleaner immediately before trying to get the stain out with the thousands of DIY techniques you can find on the internet these days. Some of the DIY techniques will damage your carpet even further, requiring it to be removed when it could have been cleaned properly by a professional with the correct chemicals and cleaning techniques. Carpet cleaning services are much more affordable than bonded insert or complete replacement! We see this scenario play out so many times, so please know that it will save you money in the long run to call a professional before trying to remove stains yourself.
A-Team Carpet Clean offers professional strength pet treatments and spot removers for sale to use in your home. These products are safe for use on your carpets, upholstery, and tough laundry stains. They are designed to remove spots and safely assist in maintaining your carpet between professional yearly cleanings. Contact A-Team for more information on how to purchase these at-home pet treatment or spot remover products.
Another benefit to having a professional clean your carpet is that if any spots are not removed during the initial cleaning process, a legitimate company should employ specialty spotting techniques in order to remove the stains as shown in the before and after picture below. Your carpet should also be treated with Scotchgard Brand Protector to prevent future spots and soiling. Professional cleaning isn’t just for carpet that looks and smells good, it is for preventative purposes and extending the life of your carpet.
Please do not hesitate to contact A-Team Carpet Clean for more information concerning proper stain removal techniques and carpet repair services.