Babies and toddlers can spell danger for your carpet. Between spilled formula and flying, ketchup-covered chicken nuggets, stains can arise at any time. Quick action is important for removing stains; the sooner you address them, the better your chances of removing them completely. Keep the following items on hand in a basket or bucket. As your emergency carpet cleaning kit, it will be ready and waiting when you need it.
All of these contents are natural and safe, so you won't be exposing yourself of your child to harsh cleaners:
Lots of Paper Towels
The best method of cleaning up stains is generally to soak up the liquid that spilled, spray the stain with your cleaning solution of choice, and then blot up the liquid, removing both the stain and the cleaner. This method requires a lot of paper towels, so make sure you keep a roll in your carpet cleaning kit so they're around when you need them. Alternatively, you can keep a stack of old washcloths or dishcloths in your kit. Just make sure they're super absorbent.
Vinegar is excellent for removing dark stains and odors from your carpet. You can dilute it by mixing it with an equal amount of water, or use it full-strength on smelly stains, such as those caused by vomit or milk. You might have to apply and blot up vinegar several times to yield adequate results, but its much safer than chemical carpet cleaners.
For greasy stains, there is no better choice than de-greasing dish soap. Prepare a pre-mixed bottle of 1 tablespoon dish soap and 1 cup of water, so you have it ready to spray on stains as soon as they appear. You may wish to clean the stain first with dish soap, and then with vinegar, in order to remove both odors and grease.
After you have cleaned up the stain, sprinkling the area with baking soda is a great way to fight residual odors. It also helps absorb moisture more quickly, so your carpet doesn't develop mildew. Leave the baking soda in place until your carpet dries completely, and then vacuum it up. The smells will go away with it.
Keep your emergency carpet cleaning kit somewhere handy, and make sure the other adults in your home know where it is, too. You'll be surprised how often it saves you from a set-in stain. For more information, contact a company like Peerless Cleaning & Restoration Services with any questions or concerns you might have.