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August 24, 2011 16:00 ET

Angie's List Shares Carpet Stain Removal Secrets

Highly Rated Angie's List Carpet Cleaning Companies From Chicago Explain Common Misconceptions About Removing Stains

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Aug 24, 2011) - 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 spoke with Chicago carpet cleaning professionals to find out the most frequent mistakes people make when dealing with carpet stains.

One of the most common mistakes is using over-the-counter stain removal products. Many products contain bleaching agents that remove the color instead of eliminating the stain. Once a stain has been altered by a cleaning product, it becomes more resistant to treatments used by professional services.

Another common carpet misconception: using hot water to remove a stain. Hot water can actually set a stain, making it nearly impossible to remove. Treating stains immediately with cold water provides the best chance of elimination. For liquid stains, experts recommend using table salt. The salt grains will absorb the color from the stain and can easily be vacuumed up after it dries.

Carpet stain removal is a complicated task that's based on chemistry, and experts recommend hiring a professional cleaning service to ensure the best results. Visit Angie's List for more information on highly rated carpet cleaning services in Chicago.

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