Food and drink spills are among the toughest cleaning problems to deal with for rug and carpet owners. It is a common occurrence yet some still don’t know the right way to clean up these types of messes. Not knowing the basics of cleaning up food and drink spills can really put rug owners at a disadvantage and their carpets at serious risk of long-term damage.
Whether you are having a party at your home or are just eating in the living room, spills can happen without a moment’s notice. This is why learning how to properly clean them up is essential. Here are some basic rug and carpet cleaning tips, which you can use the next time you face such situations:
Immediately Pick or Scoop Up the Spilled Item
Whether it is liquid or solid, it is important that you pick or scoop up the excess spillage as much as possible to avoid making the problem worse. If you are dealing with liquid food or drink spills, get a clean sponge and absorb as much of the excess liquid as you can. For solid food spills, carefully pick up the loose particles using your hands.
Blot the Spilled Area
After removing the excess food or drink spilled on the rug, the next basic step that you need to do is to blot the area with a clean white cloth or paper towels. This will help remove the excess moisture and to lessen the chances of it staining the rug. Pouring some warm water onto the stain before blotting will help get you better results in removing the spill or stain.
Detergent Cleaning Solutions Work Great with Food and Drink Stains
When faced with food and drink spills or stains, using a cleaning solution made out of a solution of one teaspoon of laundry detergent (non-bleach) and a cup of warm water, works wonder. This remedy gets rid of most stains pretty quickly. Apply this to the stain and blot using a clean, white cloth and the carpet or rug will be clean in just a few tries.
These cleaning tips help to remove messes and spills, but some stains could set, which means you have to seek the help of professionals. Scrubbing as hard as possible isn’t a feasible solution as it could cause damage to the delicate fabrics, so please get help. Moreover, it is advisable to get your carpets and rugs washed every few months.