Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Foot's Perspective - Episode 15: How To Remove A Carpet Stain

This episode of A Foot's Perspective captures expert advice - courtesy of Annette Smith - on how best to remove a carpet stain.

How difficult can it be to remove a carpet stain? Liquid in, liquid out - right? Well, not quite. Or, at least, not that quickly.
And, in terms of how I do it, well - aren't all surfaces the same? Doesn't the movement I use to wipe Windex off a grease-covered counter top the same I should use on carpet? Or, can't I just energetically rub that stain out of the carpet?
Absolutely not!

Here follows a primer on how best to go about removing a stain on carpet.
As mentioned in Carpet: The Solution for Uncertain Economic Times?, if you have a carpet stain, attend to it immediately!

Next, before applying any substance onto your carpet, work with water. Water is your best first line of defense against carpet stains. More often than not, water will take care of the problem.

Notice the spray bottle filled with water in the photo above, and in the video.

If water doesn't do the trick for the stain on your carpet, please only use the method recommended for that stain.

Definitely assemble your tools before you attend to the carpet stain: water, paper towels, and any other materials based on the method recommended for that stain substance. Also a brick or a massive dictionary or some old Encyclopedia Britannicas.

Note the movement that Annette uses to deal with the carpet stain. Is she wiping? No. Is she rubbing? No. She is blotting. And, blotting only. Blotting intensely and blotting consistently.

Here's something else I learned from watching [and videotaping] Annette removing a carpet stain. This will take a while. It will take longer than you expect. But, it works - if you blot, if you work consistently and if you start with water. Here, watch this episode of A Foot's Perspective:
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What do you think? Are you ready to banish the rubbing or wiping motion? Ready to blot only, and start with water?

Let me know how it goes.

For the most recent episode, visit A Foot's Perspective - Episode 14. Or you can scroll through previous blogposts with links to all previous episodes of A Foot's Perspective.

Thank you for watching [and reading!].

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