San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 16, 2012 - The kids are home from school, the dogs are playing outside, and homeowners across America are chasing after them trying to keep the carpeting in their houses clean. COIT, a leading supplier of specialty cleaning and disaster restoration services headquartered in San Francisco, offers tips to help homeowners battle summer stains and maintain the fresh look of their carpets between cleanings.
“It’s no accident that July honors one of our most fun but also messiest foods,” Bob Kearn, President and CEO of COIT, said, noting that July is National Ice Cream Month. “Between ice cream spills and beverage stains, picnics and parties, it’s no wonder many of our customers are turning to us for help.”
For the best chance at preventing permanent carpet staining, it’s important in most cases to act quickly when a spill occurs and not to allow stains to dry. COIT offers an online Spot Removal Guide that serves as an easy reference when it comes to tackling a variety of spills. Test the suggested solutions in an inconspicuous area first and always use clean, white towels to blot. Some of the most common summer carpeting spills and their quick remedies include:
Create an ammonia solution that includes one tablespoon of clear ammonia for each half cup of water and a dish detergent solution that includes one teaspoon of mild dish detergent for every cup of water. Apply warm water or soda water to the stain and blot. Apply the dish detergent solution and blot. Apply the ammonia solution and blot again. Finally, rinse with tap water and blot dry.
Use the same ammonia and dish detergent solutions as you would use for an ice cream stain. In addition, you will need a white vinegar solution made by mixing one-third of a cup of white distilled vinegar with two-thirds of a cup of water. Apply the cool dish detergent solution and blot. Next, apply the ammonia solution and blot. Rinse with tap water and blot again, and then apply the white vinegar solution. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.
Alcohol, including beer and whisky:
Squirt the stain with warm tap water or soda water, and then blot dry (carpet shampoo might also be effective).
Coffee, tea, or cola:
Mix one third of a cup of white distilled vinegar with two-thirds of a cup of water. Flush the stain first with cold tap water or soda water, then apply the white vinegar solution and blot. Rinse with water and blot dry.
Mix a solution that includes one teaspoon of mild dish detergent to one cup of water. Mud is one of the few stains that you should first allow to dry before cleaning. Brush, scrape or vacuum off as much of the dried dirt as possible. Apply the dish detergent solution, and then rinse with tap water and blot dry.
Gravy, ketchup, and mustard:
These stains can be tackled with either a dish detergent solution or a laundry detergent solution. In either case, use one teaspoon of mild detergent for every cup of water. You can also create a white vinegar solution by mixing one-third of a cup of white distilled vinegar for every two-thirds cup water. Apply the solution you’re using to the stain and blot. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.
Fruit, juice, jelly, soda, and artificial colors:
To remove these common summer stains, follow the same directions as for gravy, ketchup, and mustard above.
In addition to professional cleanings that will eliminate spots and stains that are hard to remove, COIT offers the CoitGard™ stain protector for carpets, area rugs and upholstered furniture. CoitGard™ repels both oil- and water-based stains in all kinds of carpets (wool, olefin and nylon) and upholstery fabric (rayon, cotton, brocades, velour and silk) to keep them looking new. It is non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and safe for children and pets.
For more information about summer carpet stains and COIT’s cleaning and disaster restoration services, call (800) – FOR-COIT or visit Coit Carpet Cleaning Website.
With more than 60 years of industry experience in the U.S., Canada and Thailand, COIT is a leading supplier of carpet, upholstery and drapery cleaning services. The company also provides tile & grout cleaning, air duct cleaning, and 24-hour emergency restoration services. COIT's impeccable reputation offers customers the peace of mind that comes from knowing every job will be done right the first time. For information about franchise opportunities, call Pat Saign at (800) 243-8797 X108.