Remove Carpet Stain

The faster you act, the more successful you will be in cleaning carpet stains. This is true for many types of cleaning; carpet stain removal is no different; act fast for best results. Keep this information handy for any future emergencies, and spread the word to your family and friends so that they can deal effectively with unforeseen problems too.

The golden rule when it comes to dealing with any carpet problems is to act quickly. Most carpets and rugs are made from absorbent materials so any spills will soak into the fibers quickly making carpet stain removal even more difficult. Here are some tips and advice which have been taken from years of answering the question, “How do we remove a carpet stain?”

Firstly, you need to be aware of what type of materials to have in your home to deal with a stain. The following is a list of simple household items that you will be able to find in any hardware store or even in most supermarkets.

  • A neutral PH dish washing detergent diluted to 20 parts water, one part detergent
  • Household ammonia
  • A solution of white vinegar 1 part vinegar, 1 part water
  • A wet spotter, for example, Spot Gone®
  • A dry spotter, for example, Dissolve®
  • To act as a bleach – hydrogen peroxide – 3% hydrogen peroxide to 97% water
  • Denatured or isopropyl alcohol
  • A paint thinner such as turps or white spirit
  • A good supply of terry cloths (white)
  • If you have a pet then have on hand a bacteria/enzyme digester, for example, Liquid Alive®

Our Guide To Spot Removal

  • Speed is of the essence when dealing with any spillages on carpets or rugs. Only use cold solutions to treat any carpet stains. Don’t use heat in any form, such as drying with hot air as this could make the stain  impossible to remove.
  • If the stain is caused by a liquid spill, try to dab up as much of the liquid as possible with a cloth. If there is any solid material such as food, then collect this after drying up the liquid. Be careful you don’t rub the liquid in or spread it around.
  • Before you use any type of chemical solution make sure to test it on a part of the carpet that is not visible. This will ensure that the solution will not damage the finish or remove the existing colors.
  • Spotting cleaners should be used with a dabbing action to break up the stain rather than a scrubbing motion which is likely to spread it further. Begin the cleaning by working from the edges of the stain and work towards the center.
  • After using any of the chemical solutions rinse the carpet with clean water to get rid of any residue. Use terry towels or cloths to dry the carpet, using a blotting action rather than a rubbing motion. Use a brush to fluff the pile up when finished.
  • To help ensure that all the moisture is soaked up from the carpet, lay a heavy object such as a large book, over a towel which covers the cleaned area. Leave it in place overnight to absorb every last bit of moisture.

If you’re not sure of the right action to take, give us a call. We’ll be happy to assist.


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