Are you looking at endless stains on your carpet? Or perhaps you’ve just had a spill and need to act quickly to prevent a stain? In order to properly treat stains you need to know what type of stain you’re dealing with and what treatments will be most effective. Carpet cleaning is a tricky task that requires a lot more effort that we realise.
Below is some information that can assist your stain removal conquest!
Prevention of Stains:
If you’re lucky enough to find the stain right when it occurs from a spill or dropped liquid then you can prevent any major stubborn stain from forming on your carpet pile. As soon you see the spill or mess then you should get a washer or paper towel to blot the stain carefully.
Your instinct may be to wipe at the stain or scrub it, however you shouldn’t go with this instinct. If you do scrub at your mess or liquid then you can further spread the stain to other areas of the carpet, or ruin the condition of your carpet.
Simply blot the carpet with your paper towel, and if it’s not completely soaked up into the towel then get a new towel and blot again. You can do the same with a sponge but make sure you thoroughly rinse the sponge before trying to soak up the mess a second time.
Important Info: Some products and chemicals may damage your carpet depending on the type of carpet. Carpet that is made of natural material (wool, sisal etc) will be damaged by liquid stain removal techniques. If you’re not sure what your carpet type consists of, maybe do some research , ask around, or call a professional cleaner.
Some Common Stain Types:
Gravy, Mud, Milk:
Method 1: Use soda water and spray it on the stain. Then find a mild carpet shampoo product and use a sponge to soak of the lifted stain.
Method 2: 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar and mix with about 4 cups of water. Use a sponge and gently douse the stain, then soak up what is lifted from the surface.
Method : If you’ve caught these on time you can scrape up most of the gunk, leaving you with less mess to soak. Utilise alcohol or surgical spirit and apply a bit of this on a cloth, then place on top of the stain. Press lightly with a spoon or utensil to try and soak up as much of the stain as possible, then remove cloth.
Creating a homemade solution is easy, simply mix a mild carpet shampoo (1/4 of teaspoon) with a litre of water (warm). Apply a little bit of solution with a cloth and lay over stain, then proceed to dab the stain, while also rinsing cloth when moisture builds.
Rinse the stain with plain warm water and then re-assess after seeing the results. Sometimes the results may vary depending on how much chocolate has been spilled, your carpet type and more.
Method 1: Find a cloth or old material and dampen with an alcohol solution, then gently press onto the stain. You’ll begin to see the stain moisten and then at your own discretion wipe the glue off the carpet. Continue this process depending on the results and the amount of glue.
Method 2: Create a mix of a 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and about 3 cups of water (cold). With a cloth dip into the solution and blot the stain. Continue to blot until the glue moistens and lifts from carpet, then wipe away with dry cloth. You should then rinse the affected area with sponge dipped in plain cool water.
As with most stain removal it’s an advantageous to act as soon as the spill or mess occurs, which is not always practical, but will provide more successful cleaning results. However there are some cases where tackling stains is best left up to professional carpet cleaners. If you contact a professional carpet specialist they will be able to assess the severity of the stain and work out what type of treatment will work best with your carpet type.
Do your best to keep on top of carpet stains before they threaten to provide long lasting discolouration!
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