If you have a carpet, it seems that stains are inevitable. Whether it be some ketchup, wine or a little present from your cat, chances are you have to deal with stains at some point. While some stains are easy to get rid of, others can be tough. So how do you remove stubborn stains from carpet?
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Whether you have low pile carpets or high, it is important to know how to remove stains. In this post, we’ll highlight a few tips on removing stubborn stains from your carpet. These are simple DIY cleaning tips using products that you can find in your house.
What You Need to Know Before You Start
As a general rule of thumb, removing carpet stains involves blotting the stained area, dry working from the outside in then rinse the area thoroughly with clean water before blotting again. To avoid ruining your carpet fibers, never scrub the carpet.
Water Soluble Stains
- Washable ink
- Wet or latex paint
- Ice cream
- Food dyes
- Alcoholic beverages
Use a simple cleaning solution made up of 1/4 tsp of white vinegar (or non bleach detergent) mixed with 32 ounces of water.
Special Water-Soluble Stains
Try one tbsp. of ammonia mixed with a cup of water (for wool and wool products use water and mild detergent instead). Alternatively, try a solution made of five parts water and one-part chlorine bleach, but only on carpets such as polypropylene that have been dyed in carpets. Bleach will likely damage other types of carpets so if you’re not sure about the type of carpet you have, check with the manufacturer.
Fat, Wax and Oil
Cover the stained area with a paper towel then iron on a warm setting. Doing so should make the oil, fat or wax stick to the paper towel and come up off your carpet.
You can get rid of cigarette burns by gently rubbing the pile of your carpet with a dull knife or with the edge of a hard and flat surface.
Moisten a soft cloth or cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and press it on the affected area. Once the glue has been thoroughly moistened, gently wipe it off then repeat the process until the stain is no longer visible.
Wax and Gum
Freeze the wax or gum with ice before using something blunt such as a spoon to shatter it. Vacuum the carpet before the pieces soften then use a white towel to blot the carpet.
Dip a rag in nail polish remover then use it to blot the area. You can also use a steam cleaner to remove nail polish.
With the tips mentioned, you can now answer the question; how do you remove stubborn stains from carpet? It’s also important to invest in carpet maintenance so it can serve you better for longer. Even if you don’t have any stubborn stains to get rid of, make sure your carpet is thoroughly cleaned every 12 to 18 months. If you need to clean your carpet or tile, our experts here at Knights Carpet Care can assist you.
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