Gail Molyneaux of Molyneaux Photographics, Columbus MT
Two types of stains:
- Water Soluble - includes most foods, beverages, urine and vomit
- Solvent soluble - includes oils, grease, tar, crayon, lipstick and butter
What to do about spills and stains
- First of all, ACT QUICKLY
- Pick up any solids that are easily removable
- In the case of muddy footprints, wait until dry and then vacuum
Treating Carpet Stains
Mix one (1) teaspoon of mild detergent (such as Ivory or Woolite) into one (1) pint of lukewarm water. DO NOT USE: automatic dishwasher detergent, bathroom cleaners or any solution that contains bleach or oxygenating elements such as color brighteners. Sponge the detergent mixture onto the water soluble stain and work the solution from the outer edges toward the center. Lather will form. Gently sponge off this lather with cool clear water until all visible signs of the suds have disappeared. Bane-Clene APS™ may be used directly from the container - just follow the directions on the bottle. Be sure to thoroughly rinse out all spotters.
Products such as, Carbona©, Energine©, or K2R©, are available at retail stores and can be used to remove solvent soluble stains. Bane-Clene's Saf-T-Solv™, is a commercially available product of exceptional quality. Apply the solvent to the stain by gently blotting with a cloth. Never pour the liquid directly from the container to the carpet. After the solvent soluble stain has been removed, follow with the detergent solution procedures.
Mix one (1) tablespoon of white vinegar into one (1) pint of cold water. Sponge this mixture lightly onto the affected area. The vinegar will neutralize any detergent residue that may remain in the carpet or that may wick to the surface during the drying process. Blot as much of the moisture out of the area as possible by using an absorbent white cloth toweling or paper towels. Never use newspaper or anything with print. Finally, lay dry absorbent toweling on the area and weight with a heavy object. After the area is dry, brush lightly to restore the normal texture of the carpet pile.
Carpet Cleaning Facts
Germs and Bacteria
All kinds of these critters can be tracked onto you carpeting. Even the use of treated door mats cannot prevent this, but may significantly retard the process. All these germs are alive and thriving in your carpet, and as long as it remains dirty, they will continue to breed and grow.
Soapy, Sticky Residue
These come from the use of conventional shampoo, dry foams and powders, spray and bonnet methods of cleaning and will cause rapid resoiling. Spots and stains will resurface because they were only pushed a little deeper, and the traffic lanes will appear dirty much sooner.
Sand, Grit and Hard Dirt Particles
Once these are deeply imbedded in your carpet fibers they will cause abrasion of the tips and sides of the fibers. These scratched make the carpet look dull. These scratches can never be 'cleaned away'
Like a Hard Surface Floor
All hard surface floors must be scrubbed or mopped often to keep it clean. Just like these floors, your carpet gets dirty too. It just doesn't show soil as much because the dirt is hidden within the carpet pile.
Dirt particles contain an assortment of minerals and chemicals which are gathered and blended from a wide area. Humidity or moisture tracked into your home on shoes can act as a catalyst to the foreign matter. The reaction may cause severe damage to the dye and can actually change the color if left in your carpet.
Gases in the Air
These gases caused by burning of various fuels and the action of the sun on certain other gases in the atmosphere can affect the stability of a dye.
Disinfectants / Detergents
Many of these harsh chemicals can affect the dye. The longer these foreign elements are allowed to remain in your carpet, the more likely it is there will be damage to the dye in the fibers. It is this dye damage which causes you to first notice a change n the color of you carpet.
90% of Dirt
Yes, 90% of the dirt in your carpet is actually dry particulate and can be easily removed with normal vacuuming. Only about 10% of soil is oily and needs special attention. Much of this oily soil in the home comes from the oils in our feet and the oils from pets in the home.
How to keep your carpet clean
There are three steps to successful carpet maintenance.
1. Vacuum 2. Vacuum 3. Vacuum!!!!
This is the secret to success. A dry carpet cannot be harmed by brushing action of the fibers. Therefore, we recommend a good quality, upright vacuum cleaner with a reel- type brush to move the tips of the carpet pile so the dirt can be removed with the air velocity created by the vacuum.
The amount of traffic and the relation of the carpet to dirty access areas are the main factors governing the frequency if vacuuming.
The basic rule is that dirt should not be allowed to settle into the carpet. Walking on dirt and grit that has settled to the base of the fibers causes an abrasive action, which results in the appearance of traffic lanes and worn areas.
Vacuum traffic lanes every day. Use a back and forth motion in one direction and then finish the carpet by going back and forth in the opposite direction. And remember, go slowly.
Change the disposable bag or empty the vacuum regularly. Filled pickup bags result in less suction and less dirt removal. Be sure to check the belt that drives the brushes or beater bar. A broken or worn belt reduces efficiency. And don't be upset by the amount of fiber you pick up from new carpet. These are the ends which are not removed in the manufacturing process and often appear for many months. One of the best methods of preventing the tracking of soil throughout your home is to provide removable mats at each entrance to your home - both inside and outside. These removable mats can be laundered, hosed, beaten or vacuumed as soil accumulates to a noticeable degree.
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