How To Remove The Top 5 Carpet Stains
The soft plush carpet under your feet can quickly become an eyesore if you don’t know how to remove common stains. No matter how careful you are, accidents will happen. People walk into the room and track dirt on the carpet, drinks are spilled and children bring their own unique set of messes. Here are the most common stains encountered by cleaning professionals and what you can do about them.
That Lovely Red Shade Only Kool-Aid Can Create
Your family eats plenty of red food, but only Kool-Aid can leave a stain that’s so vivid and true. You could leave it for Valentine’s Day and try to work it into the decorating theme, but it’s easier to remove it than you think. Blot the stain with a dry towel. Next, create a mixture of one tablespoon Dawn dish soap, one-quarter cup of white vinegar and two cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray the stain and allow it to soak in for 10 to 15 minutes before blotting it up. Continue spraying and blotting with clean towels until the stain fades and the Kool-Aid becomes an unhappy memory.
Treat Pet Stains for Smell and Appearance
The big challenge with pet stains is that Fluffy will return to the scene of the crime and mark it again if you don’t remove the odor. Once the initial mess is cleaned up, blot up remaining moisture with clean towels you can wash or throw out. Spray the stain liberally with 50/50 solution of white vinegar mixed with water. Then blot it until dry using more clean towels. If you have a steam machine, then you can also go over the area with white vinegar in the machine. When the area is dry, sprinkle baking soda over the stain. Mix half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of mild dish detergent and pour this solution over the baking powder. Work it into the carpet, allow it to dry and then vacuum it away along with the stain.
Coffee Belongs in the Mug, Not on the Floor
If the morning cup of coffee has hit the floor, there is hope for removing the stain. Blot the liquid up, then mix up your solution of one tablespoon Dawn, one-quarter cup vinegar and two cups of water. Spray the stain, allow it to sit and blot it up with a clean towel.
Blood can be Eliminated
If someone had a nosebleed or was injured in the house, you don’t have to call in the hazardous materials team to remove the stains. Treat bloodstains as quickly as possible, and always use cold water to prevent the stains from coagulating and penetrating the carpet fibers. Mix two teaspoons of grease fighting dish detergent with a full bottle of cold water and spray it on the stain. With the stain soaked, use paper towels to start blotting up the blood. Continue spraying and blotting until the stain is eliminated.
That Marker Stain Can Be Banished
If a pen on the carpet has left an unhappy stain, there is hope for eliminating it. Rubbing alcohol will be your best friend in this case. Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the stain and immediately start blotting it with paper towels. Do not rub, and do not use large amounts of alcohol. The stain will transfer to the paper towels and leave your rug looking amazing.
General dirt and a dingy look can be eliminated with the services of professional carpet cleaners. In addition to removing the stains from your carpet, they can also remove odors and prevent stains from returning as they wick up from the carpet padding. Investing in regular steam cleaning will also prolong the life of your carpet, so contact us and visit High Quality Carpet to make an appointment to have your carpets cleaned and restored.