How to remove stains from carpet
No matter what type of carpets you have at home, whether they are expensive, basic looking, old or new, they are all prone to getting stained. Of course, not all stains are easy to get rid of which is the reason why some jump to quick conclusions like throwing the rug away or re-carpeting the problematic area. Before doing any of that make sure you have tried to research how to fix the problem and then figure out what the best option would be.
Although the most recommended stain removal method is the hot water extraction or as most people know it – steam cleaning, not everyone is equipped with such carpet cleaning machines and the suitable detergents or is knowledgeable enough to use them properly when needed. There should be no room for worry, folks! Luckily there are plenty of cleaning life hacks and different types of home remedies which are supposed to help anyone who is dealing with stained rugs or carpets.
How to get rid of carpet stains
First and most important - make sure to use the proper cleaning products. Chances are you may contribute to the further damage of the material of the carpet. Of course, there are carpet removers on the market which could be helpful in some cases but you should always make sure that you have read all the instructions printed on the label before applying the chemical on the fabric. If you don’t pay enough attention to what was stated and recommended from the manufacturer of the product, you are most likely to end up with an unpleasant result.
What to do if your rug or carpet is stained?
The first action you should consider performing when there is a stain on your carpet should be aligned with the consistency of the blemish:
- Get a clean white towel or a kitchen paper towel and lightly blot as much of the stain as possible
- Make sure you don’t apply any scrubbing or brushing movements!
- During the blotting process the liquid will gradually disappear from the surface of the carpet
Dry stains or thicker in consistency:
If you smashed anything like mud, spaghetti, baby food try to gently pick up as much of the unwanted matter and be careful not to spread it even more.
The following examples will help you figure out how to proceed with cleaning the different types of stains in a home environment using little to no specific cleaning appliances or chemicals. Everyone should be able to perform any of the given cleaning tips. However these cleaning methods are not suitable with every fabric - for example if the carpet is made of wool you definitely need a professional help, otherwise you risk to cause a permanent damage on it!
Red wine stains:
- After you have blotted the spillage, most of the liquid substance would have been absorbed
- Apply a little bit of white wine on a white cloth and then blot the stain gently
- Take a clean towel and dry what’s left on the carpet
- Be careful, try not to spill any of the white wine on the carpet because you might not be able to manage the removal of a big spillage. In that case you should book a professional carpet cleaning service, while the stain is still fresh.
Absorb most of the spillage and then prepare a mixture of the following ingredients: 2 cups of water, 1 cup of white vinegar and a few drops of washing liquid. Apply with a white towel and after you are happy with the result, rinse with cold water in order to wash the solution away. If you have spilled hot coffee, just blot the surface and call a professional carpet cleaner.
Scrape and absorb as much of the oil as possible, apply cooking salt on the stain and let it sit for 15 up to 20 minutes. After that just vacuum the surface.
Most teas have very strong dye, which is the reason why, there are a few home remedies that could help you but don’t put too much faith in them and if needed contact a professional. You could use baking soda or salt to get rid of the tea stain.
If you choose to use baking soda do the following: take two bowls – fill the first one with cold water and in the other put 1 cup of baking soda. Take a white towel, dip it in the water and then in the baking soda, apply to the stained area and then use a clean damp cloth to clean what was left. Repeat the process until you achieve the wanted results.
When using salt, first you should absorb the excess liquid and then pour some salt onto the stain and you could also add some club soda, which will catalyse the process. After that, rinse the carpet with cold water.
After you blot most of the blood with a clean towel, use a white piece of cloth and damp it in cold water, then gently dap onto the surface until no more blood transfers on the cloth.
Make up stains:
If you spill any powdered make up product, you can easily vacuum it. But if you spill mascara or any liquid form of makeup, apply some makeup remover on a cotton bud or a paper towel and lightly blot the spillage.
Just let it dry and then vacuum. If there is a mark left, take a wet white towel and press onto the stain, so that it transfers on the towel and vacuum once again.
Pet urine stains
Most of these “pee accidents” occur when the pet is home alone, which is why the urine will have already dried out when you discover the stain.
- Wet the area with a 50/50 mixture of water and white vinegar – the acid will diminish the smell of the urine
- Use a towel to gently apply the solution on the area, which should be slightly damp
- Apply some baking soda, which will absorb the dampness and then vacuum the entire area
- This cleaning process will dissolve any bad bacteria and will get rid of the urine smell
These pet urine stains can be stubborn so you should definitely contact a professional carpet cleaner to treat them properly or buy an enzyme-based pet stain removal solution.
As you can tell there are plenty of ways you could manage any carpet stain removal process. But keep in mind that although these remedies have been tested, they do not guarantee a perfect result for any rug or carpet! Proceed with extra caution when performing any of the mentioned cleaning tips and when in doubt how to deal with the stains, just contact “Number One Carpet Cleaning” and book a professional carpet or rug cleaning service.
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