Chicago carpet cleaners discuss improper stain removal
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When dealing with a major carpet stain, the most common reaction for many people is to attempt to eliminate the stain themselves. But this can often make the stain worse, experts say. Angie's List asked two highly rated Chicago carpet cleaning companies to discuss the most common mistakes people make when dealing with carpet stains.
“The most common mistake is using over-the-counter products,” says Sharon Renn, owner of highly rated A-Day & Night Carpet Care in Westmont, Ill. “Many have bleaching agents which remove color instead of taking the stain out. Using the wrong product can also set the stain and do more damage than good.”
Another common carpet misconception: using hot water to remove a stain.
“Most people treat new stains with hot water,” says Carolyn Cox, owner of highly rated Good Guys Carpet Cleaning of Chicago. “New stains should be treated with cold water as soon as possible.” Hot water can actually set a stain, she says, making it nearly impossible to remove.
When dealing with a liquid stain, Cox recommends pouring table salt over it to allow the grains to absorb the color. Once the stain has been absorbed, the salt can be vacuumed up.
Carpet stain removal is a complicated task based on chemistry, and both Renn and Cox recommend hiring a professional cleaning service to ensure the best results. There are currently more than 170 highly rated carpet cleaning companies in the Chicago area on Angie's List.