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DIY Stain Removal: How it Can Damage Your Rug

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oriental rug cleaning niagara on the lakeMany people believe that when accidents happen concerning stains in an area or fine rug, that you should do anything and everything to get the stain out at all costs. However, drowning a stain in cleaner, scrubbing with a toothbrush, adding, even more, cleaner, and more scrubbing all while in a panic, will actually do so much more harm than good. Stains have the ability to permanently stain your rug (especially if it is left alone to set in), but they can also seriously damage the rug if you don’t take the proper measures to get them out. PCS of Niagara on the Lake can show you how:

Letting the Stain Set

If the fear of damaging your rug further scares you into waiting until you get around to hiring a professional a few months down the road, you may be making a huge mistake. The longer a stain sits, the more the chemicals in the stain itself will react with those in the rug, making it impossible to fully get out. Instead of waiting months to contact a professional rug cleaning company, like PCS of Niagara on the Lake, them right away. The sooner you schedule an appointment the higher the chance that the spot or stain can be completely removed without further damage

Rubbing and Scrubbing

When a spill first happens, the best thing to do is to try and remove it immediately. The faster you get to it, the better chance you have of getting it out in its entirety. However, if you don’t know how to remove a stain and what to remove it with, you can cause damage to the rug itself and also make the stain much much worse. The absolute worst thing to do when trying to remove a stain is to grab a washcloth or a brush and start scrubbing and rubbing back and forth. This will not only make the stain spread, making you end up with a bigger stain than you started out with but will also push the stain deeper into the rug making it harder to get out. Even more permanently, scrubbing will tear the fibers of your rug apart, leaving you with a frayed, damaged look that can’t be fixed.

When trying to remove a stain, you should always blot and dab with a damp washcloth. Always start by getting as much of the stain out as you can, before adding anything else. After you have done that, you should start by using water to get rid of the stain and continue blotting. The biggest thing is to be patient. It isn’t going to be a quick process, just keep working with it. If that doesn’t work, move to other home remedies such as club soda or vinegar. If none of these solutions are working, you can use a rug cleaner or spotter, but it would be safer to just contact a professional who knows which chemical are safe to use on your particular type of rug.

Regularly Vacuuming

This may not be for the purpose of removing one stain, but it is very important to vacuum your rugs regularly in order to prevent damage from dust, dirt, and grime. These things can easily settle and permanently leave a less than pleasant color behind. Not only does it affect the initial look of your rug, but the damage actually goes all the way down to the fibers of the rug. The longer it sits, the more the dirt and grime will tear at the fibers, ripping them apart, and damaging them completely. This leaves the rug with the same frayed and fuzzy look as mentioned before but will affect your entire rug rather than just one spot.

All of these things have the potential to permanently damage your rug like they would any other rug, but can be prevented. If you treat your rug properly, it will stay looking like new for a long time.

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