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.
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).
Pet stains are not only gross, they are damaging to your carpet and floors. As professional carpet cleaners, we have seen pet urine stains and smells that are so bad they cannot be removed, which leads to expensive carpet replacement. “Pet urine stains is among the top reasons we replace carpets in homes.” said Marc Holt spokesperson for 651 Carpets. We love our pets and want to share our home with dogs and cats without having to spend money to clean up after them all the time. Following are some things you can do to prevent pet urine stains and our tips for pet stain removal.
Pet Stain Prevention
Prevention is the key to keeping your carpets free from pet urine stains through proper house training techniques, signs of pet illness, and applying carpet protector regularly.
House Training Tips from Dr. Black – We are experts on carpets, not dogs or cats. So we asked a local veterinarian to share her tips on proper house training techniques in order to prevent accidents from happening. Dr. Catrina Black, D.V.M. of Midtown Animal Hospital in Lawton, Oklahoma says:
For dogs, I think the best way to potty train is with positive reinforcement. Start with small puppy pads too. Some of them have pheromones to attract the puppies to urinate on them. When they are used to a pad you just start slowly moving it toward the door then outside. A lot of dogs will learn from other dogs too especially if you have a doggy door. Also, reward them after they do their business outside with a treat. Any accidents need to be cleaned and sanitized immediately so the area doesn’t smell like a good place to urinate in the future.
Cats will naturally want a litter box. It needs to be cleaned or scooped several times a day. Leaving poop or urine in a litter box is like not flushing the toilet. Nobody thinks it’s cool to lift the lid and see a gross surprise. Keep the litter deep and it is easier to keep cleaned. There should be a litter box per cat plus one. So a house with 3 cats needs 4 litter boxes. These boxes should also be placed in quiet low traffic areas where they feel safe to go. Most inappropriate elimination issues with cats are behavioral such as the cat not liking the dirty box, not enough boxes, or a stressor in-house like a new puppy not letting your cat get to the box.
Pet Urination Problems – Again, we asked Dr. Black, D.V.M. how to know if something is medically wrong with your cat or dog or if it’s just house training woe. She advised when to see a veterinarian:
If they are constantly having inappropriate elimination issues, have your vet rule out infections or other diseases first.
You should seek medical attention for any animal that is not producing urine. They could have a urinalysis blockage. That is an emergency. Cats, especially neutered males, can have a buildup in the urethra that can block them. Both dogs and cats can have urinary stones called uroliths.
Bloody urine, super dark urine, or large amounts of urine also needs to be checked out. The animal could have anything from a urinary tract infection to diabetes.
Even normal animals should have a urinalysis done every 6 months to identify and remedy any problems that may arise. Spending $40 every six months is better than $1000 for a urinary issue. An ounce of prevention is work 10 lbs. of cure.
Protect your Carpet – Carpet Protectors such as Scotchgard will form a protective seal around each carpet fiber to prevent spills from soaking in immediately, keeping them on the surface until they can be blotted up. Carpet protectors will not prevent pet urine from creating a stain, however the stain will not soak in immediately and give you time to clean it up without immediate damage. Most professional carpet cleaning companies recommend your carpets to have Scotchgard re-applied after a deep clean. A deep carpet clean removes the protector along with the soil in the fibers leaving it a neutral ph.
Pet Stain Removal
We would like to say there is a DIY pet urine removal trick that actually works, but the key is to remove the urine quickly and with a professional product.
Carpet Cleaning Products – Most carpet cleaning companies will recommend a quality stain remover to purchase for use at home in-between professional cleanings. Sometimes they will even make their own pet stain removal product, such as A-Team Carpet Clean’s Urine Stain Remover. Carpet cleaning products sold in stores are not professional grade and do not remove the urine or the odor, so the extra cost for a professional cleaner is worth the price.
Professional Deep Carpet Cleaning & Stain Removal – Your carpets should be professionally deep cleaned a minimum of once a year, but more often if you have pets that live in the home. A professional cleaner has the equipment and products necessary to remove not only dirt and grime, but also pet hair and possibly urine stains. If a professional is not able to remove a pet urine stain, then it cannot be done and your carpets will need to be repaired or completely replaced.
We hope you find these tips helpful in maintaining a clean home for you and your pets.
There is carpet cleaner and then there is carpet protector (we prefer Scotchgard® Brand Protectant). What is the difference, and are they both necessary when looking for professional carpet cleaning services? If you want to extend the life of your carpet, keep it looking new, and clean up spills easily, protect your investment after your carpets have been professionally cleaned with carpet protectant. Be aware that many cleaning companies have the ability to offer carpet protector with carpet cleanings, but some choose not to. When looking for a professional carpet cleaning company, stay away from companies that do not offer all of the services needed to truly clean and maintain your carpets. Here are many reasons why you need a carpet protector such as Scotchgard® in addition to a professional cleaning:
Protect – Scotchgard® will form a protective seal around each carpet fiber to keep spills from soaking in, keeping them on the surface until they can be blotted up. Not all spills can be prevented from staining, so be sure to use a household stain remover that is recommended or made by a professional such as our Spot Out Stain Removal or Pet Urine Stain Remover.
Revive – Protectants lighten up and protect high traffic areas that are most affected by soil and stains.
Reduce – With regular vacuuming, protectants help carpet fibers resist soiling, helping damaging debris to stay away from the fibers.
Schedule – Your carpet was initially treated with a protectant by the manufacturer. Protectants such as Scotchgard® should last for a year, but will be worn down over time or be removed due to pet urine. The IICRC recommends a professional carpet cleaning every 12-18 months depending on household and pets, which is also perfect timing for a reapplication of protectant.
Warranty – To keep the carpet warranty in effect, many manufacturers require that carpets are cleaned regularly and applied with protectant each time.
You’ve made a big investment in your carpet. Because carpets “ugly out” before they wear out, we recommend the combination of professional carpet cleaning and Scotchgard® protectant in order to extend the life of your carpet and protect your investment. For more information on carpet cleaning services, please visit our website at www.ateamcarpetclean.com.
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.
Who doesn’t love a dramatic before and after picture? After all, a picture is worth 1,000 words! As carpet cleaners, we have seen some doozies. From carpet stains to water damage, these before and after pictures are among our best. We hope it inspires you to take a look at your home and start your own before and after story. Hint: It ends with hiring a professional cleaner like A-Team Carpet Clean to deep clean your home!
Follow these tips from an industry expert to avoid hiring an unprofessional, “bait and switch” carpet cleaning company.
DO #1: HIRE A TRUE PROFESSIONAL CLEANING COMPANY Ask about credentials
All professional cleaning companies should be insured, trained, and certified through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) or the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI). You can either ask or look at their website to see if they have the IICRC or CRI emblem on their site. Since this company will be working in your home, you should ensure they have the credentials so you and your home are treated properly.
DO #2: HIRE A REPUTABLE CLEANING COMPANY Research online reviews for real people with real experiences
A good way to see what others have experienced is to search for online reviews. Take some time to do some research about a cleaning company before you hire them. Google, Facebook, Yelp, Yellow Pages, and many more websites/apps should have reviews that will give you a good idea about what to expect from a company. If there are no reviews to be found, this can be a red flag that the business is not legitimate or it is brand new. You can also look at the Better Business Bureau website for any complaints made.
DO #3: ENSURE YOU GET AN ACCURATE ESTIMATE Tips to ensure you are getting the most accurate estimate possible
Offer to send pictures of your carpet to the company for a more accurate quote. Include pictures of specific stains and inform the cleaner what caused the stain.
Express your expectations when calling. Let the company know what your expectations are up front (budget, specific stains or general cleaning, areas to be cleaned, etc…). Normally you will get an estimate based upon these factors.
DO #4: HIRE A COMPANY THAT USES CARPET PROTECTANT Carpet protectants extend the life of the carpet
Ask a cleaning company if they use a carpet protectant such as Scotchgard as part of the cleaning process. This protects your carpet from allowing stains to penetrate the fibers. When you buy carpet it has a factory applied protectant. Every time you have it cleaned, 25 percent of the protectant can be removed. Reapplying after a professional cleaning will extend the life of your carpet and you should not have to hire a professional cleaner as often.
DO #5: SAVE MONEY AND PREP BEFORE DAY OF CLEANING The more time cleaners are in your home cleaning, the more it will cost.
Save the cleaners time by doing a little prep before they arrive. Move your furniture and free your carpets for easy cleaning. Vacuum your carpets thoroughly before the cleaners arrive. Ask for or request to have tabs or blocks left. Be ready to advise cleaners on problem areas and tell them what caused the stain. There is no one thing that gets all stains out. Knowing what they are dealing with will prevent them from trying multiple spot removers, causing the price to increase.
DON’T #1: HIRING A COMPANY THAT TAKES CASH ONLY Accepting cash only is a red flag
Don’t use a company that only takes cash as a form of payment. This is a red flag that they are not a professional, licensed, certified, and insured business. Remember that they will be in your home so be sure and hire a professional, reputable company.
DON’T #2: FALLING FOR A “BAIT AND SWITCH” COMPANY Cheap deals and estimates are never what they seem
Beware of coupons with an unbelievable deal to clean a room. Unfortunately in the cleaning industry there are many bait and switch companies. They advertise a great deal, but once they are in your home the price somehow increases drastically.
You get what you pay for and a true, professionally cleaned carpet cannot be done properly for cheap prices. Such a company cannot make money and will go out of business. Bait and switch companies do not have the equipment or supplies to perform the job satisfactorily or they are using poor marketing techniques just to get in the door and charge you more.
DON’T #3: HIRING A CLEANER THAT USES SMALL PORTABLE CLEANING MACHINES Truckmounts are the industry standard for a thorough cleaning
Don’t use a company that uses small portable cleaners because they can’t clean as well as truckmount extraction machines. Truckmounts are the industry standard for true professional cleaning.
Move outs require you to get a professional carpet cleaning with a receipt in order to get your deposit back. Be aware that a poor cleaning could get denied by your property manager and you may be forced to pay another cleaner to do the job right.
DON’T #4: HIRING A CLEANER THAT DOESN’T PRETREAT HIGH TRAFFIC AREAS High traffic areas need special treatment
Ask a cleaning company if they pretreat high traffic areas. Do not use a company that doesn’t pretreat. Pretreatment is designed to remove the heavy soil in the high traffic areas of carpet that can cause wear. The cleaner should also apply agitation on high traffic areas. Some companies look for ways to cut corners and this is a common step that is “missed”.
DON’T #5: HIRING A CLEANER THAT DOESN’T PERFORM THE FIVE CLEANING STANDARDS Every carpet cleaning should have the same five cleaning steps applied every time
According to IICRC, there are cleaning standards that carpet cleaning companies should follow for every cleaning:
Ensure the company you hire performs all 5 of these steps. Applying a carpet protectant is an additional step that some professional companies practice in order to go above and beyond.
We hope these tips assist you in hiring the best company for your carpet cleaning needs. Move outs require a professional carpet cleaning in order to get your deposit back. Ensure the company you hire is certified, insured, trained, reputable, has the proper equipment, and passes all of the other do’s and don’ts described above. For more information about carpet cleaning, stain removal, carpet repair, tile and grout cleaning, and much more, visit our website and blog; www.ateamcarpetclean.com.