Tips And Tricks On Removing Carpet Stains18 September 2014
If you have carpets around the house, you probably already know how cleaning them and maintaining them can be quite a chore. Carpets tend to get dirty very quickly, and you should most definitely hire carpet cleaners every now and then to deep clean your carpets. However, for reasons of time and money it isn’t feasible to hire a cleaning company every time there is a little spot or stain on the carpets. For such instances, we share with you some tips and tricks on removing carpet stains and tackling unsightly emergencies when the professionals aren’t on hand! The best part about the tips we’re going to share with you is that all you need are some everyday products that can be found around the house, and with a little bit of care and our instructions you should be able to tackle most stains in no time. Before we begin, a word of advice: if the carpet in question is particularly expensive or of high sentimental value to you, it makes sense to do a little patch test on a hidden spot before trying the technique on the actual affected area. This way, even if there is a bit of a reaction you can cover it up easily and won’t have to worry about any obvious discrepancies in the appearance of the carpet. Oil-based StainsMost spills and stains around the house are oil-based in nature. Whether it’s a food spill or some grease you managed to drag in on the bottom of your shoe, oily stains are usually very visible and can really stick to the carpet fibres. Here are some neat tricks professional cleaners recommend for dealing with oily stains.Take some shaving foam and spread it over the stain. Using a soft cloth or non-abrasive scrubbing pad work the shaving foam into the stained fibres and let it stand for a while. As the foam dries, it will soak in the oil-based particles and these will cling to the foam. Then, take a vacuum cleaner and gently run it over the spot. As the shaving foam is absorbed, the spilled material will be picked up along with it. One of the best ways to tackle stains on carpets is to contain them while they are still fresh. Of course, this is not possible if you notice the stain at a later time but if perchance you see something being spilt or you happen to drop something yourself, the following trick is really useful. Sprinkle some baking soda onto the stained area and then allow it to stand for about an hour. After an hour, vacuum over the spot and you’ll find that the grease should have lifted right off with the baking soda. This technique works exactly like the previous one, and is a great alternative for when you don’t have shaving foam in the house. For Red Wine StainsRed wine stains can be tricky, and as far as is possible you should let the cleaning companies deal with them. Anything you do to remove the stain can also have the unwanted effect of actually spreading the stain further. However, to contain the stain there is one trick you can use. Liberally sprinkle salt all over the stained area and let it soak up the spilled wine. Carefully remove as much of the salt (it should be slightly clumpy at this point) as you can without tugging at the carpet fibres. Once you’ve got the salt out use clean paper towels (colourless ones to avoid transferring any dyes) and club soda to blot out the affected area. Once you’ve contained the spillage, call in a domestic cleaning service to remove the stain properly. For Unknown StainsWhen you don’t know what kind of stain you’re dealing with, keep it simple: use a solution of one cup of warm water and a quarter teaspoon of any regular dishwashing detergent you have at home. Dab a soft, clean cloth in the solution and use it to gently clean the stained area. Carpet cleaners warn of the importance of avoiding products that contain bleach because you don’t want to end up spoiling the carpet further. Also, remember to thoroughly clean out the solution once you’re done removing the stain.
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