How to Remove Rug Stains

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!

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Like “The Dude”, we know how well a rug can pull a room together. We’ve got DIY stain removal tips to extend the life of your rug, man. 

DIY Stain Removal for Rugs:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. Spray enough to saturate the affected area.
  4. Lightly agitate and dab a little bit to smear the area.
  5. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes.
  6. Now extract with water and wet/dry ShopVac. Do not use a regular vacuum!
  7. If the stain comes up all the way, place a fan to dry the area. If not, repeat process one more time.
  8. 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.

Seem like too many steps? We agree. Make it easier on yourself and use our Spot Out Spot Remover instead! Not only is it safe for carpets, pets, and people, it’s ready to use with no rinsing required, plus it’s residue-free. Spot Out is so effective that one application may be all you need to remove any carpet, rug, or upholstery stain. Just spot, dab, dry, and you’re done! Click here to learn more or to place an order for A-Team Carpet Clean’s Spot Out Stain Remover.spot out stain remover before after

 

 

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Water Damage Prevention

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:

  • 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.
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    Pipes in the attic are prone to freezing.

    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.

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Emergency water extraction services available 24/7 in Lawton, Oklahoma!

Fall Cleaning Checklist

Preparing your home for the fall season doesn’t have to be such a chore. We made a fall cleaning checklist that is broken down into different areas of…let’s say motivation. You can start with the Basic Cleaning – these things absolutely should be done when cleaning your house. The Deep Cleaning and Traditional Extras are recommended for a thorough house cleaning for cosmetic and health related reasons. So turn on some music and get your clean on!

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Vacuum, mop, or steam clean floors regularly!

Basic Cleaning (remember to work from top to bottom)

  • Wipe down ceiling fans and lights
  • Dust tops of doors and door frames
  • Dust all surfaces
  • Dust corners, edges, and windowsills
  • Disinfect door knobs and switches
  • Oil wood furniture
  • Launder all bedding
  • Wash bathroom counters
  • Scrub bathtubs and showers
  • Disinfect kitchen counter
  • Clean appliances
  • Vacuum floors and edges
  • Mop floors and wash baseboards
  • Wash throw rugs
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Carpet cleaning will help rid your floors of dirt and allergens so you can breathe easier!

Deep Cleaning

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Having trouble cleaning out the garage? Have a garage sale!

Traditional Extras

  • Rotate and/or flip mattress
  • Repair holes in carpet
  • Clean out gutters
  • Switch out clothing
  • Clean out garage
  • Clean porch and/or patio
  • Yard clean-up
  • Clean outdoor lights
  • Wash window screens

We hope our fall cleaning checklist makes your house cleaning easier and faster. Please comment with any tips you would like to add to our list.

Happy Fall!

A Team Carpet Clean Lawton OK