The easiest way to remove a carpet stain is to call professional carpet cleaners, of course. Unfortunately, these days some of us can’t afford it. If you rent a place and work double shifts to pay your bills, food and college tuition, saving money to hire an expert carpet cleaning company is kind of ridiculous. However, accidents still occur and your carpet gets even dirtier and less attractive. But don’t hip, there is a way out of the situation.
First, it’s important to know the procedure for treating stains. In order to remove any carpet stain, the process is absolutely the same. Professional rug cleaners suggest to begin by blotting the area, starting from the outer edge of the stain and work your way in the centre, slowly and methodically. Scrubbing only leads to fibre damage and grounding the nasty stain into the carpet pile. Once you have blotted the stain rinse it with clean water and then blot again until the surface is dry.
Kinds of Carpet Stains and How To Treat Them
In order to ease the process of locating carpet stains they are categorized by origin.
- Ice Cream
- Latex Paint
- Wet Paint
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Food Dyes
What to do when our carpet nice looks are blemished by one of the above mentioned stains: You can use a standard cleaning solution made of ¼ teaspoon of non-bleaching detergent dissolved in a liter of water. If want to avoid paying more than you have to (brand cleaners are expensive!), substitute the cleaning detergent with white vinegar. Follow the blotting method described above. When the stains is gone, perform one last rinsing with clean water to wash any residue left.
Complex Water-Soluble Stains
Use a tablespoon of ammonia combined with a cup of water. For wool and wool blended carpets use mild detergent instead of ammonia. In case this doesn’t work applying our blotting method outlined above, use one part chlorine bleach to five parts water. Be careful to use this only for solution-dyed carpets. Any other type will get damaged one way or another.
Other Common Stains
- Glue – Dip a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and press over the stain. Wipe gently until the stain is gone completely.
- Gum – freeze the gum with ice-cubes. Then use a dull knife or other blunt object to shatter it. Vacuum before the gum warms and get sticky again.
- Nail Polish – it’s a pretty straightforward tip. Just dip a piece of cloth in nail polish remover and blot the stain.
- Cigarette Burns – you can repair it, but you can remove the burned part around the edges of the fabric. Take a dull knife and scrape gently.
- Fats, Oils and Wax – put a paper towel over the stain and use the iron to melt the substance. If you do it right, the stain should get absorbed by the sheet of paper.
Author Bio: This article comes to you thanks to Carpet Cleaning Bow Ltd. They are a small local commercial and domestic cleaning business located in Bow, London.