How much you remain careful, how much you try to explain to your kids, or howsoever much you train your dog, your carpet invariably has to soak up all sorts of spills. To help you avoid panic and take the spills in stride, here we offer simple tips to eradicate stains caused to due different types of liquids.
Stains which are water-soluble
Stains such as those caused due to milk, ice cream, jelly, colas, alcoholic beverages, gravy, food dyes, mud, berries or that caused due to excrement, washable ink or wet or latex paint are water soluble.
You can treat such stains using a simple solution made up of:
- 1/4 tsp of non-bleach detergent or white vinegar
- 32 ounces of water
Mix the two to form a solution and treat such water soluble stains.
Stains which are special water-soluble
Tough stains like those caused due to tea, coffee, wine, chocolate, mustard or those caused due to vomit or blood need a special solution.
To treat such stains you would need:
- 1 tablespoon of ammonia
- 1 cup of water
In case you have wool or a wool-blend carpet, it is advisable to mix water with a mild detergent. If this does not work, you may try a concoction of:
- 1 part chlorine bleach
- 5 parts water
Please note that the above concoction should on be used on solution-dyed carpets, like polypropylene. Bleach tends to harm other types of carpet fabrics. In case you are not sure of the type of carpet you have, please check with the manufacturer.
Exclusive treatments for stubborn stains
A simple and effective treatment to remove glue is to wet a piece of soft cloth or a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol. Press the cloth on the affected area. When the glue becomes wet, gently wipe it off. You may need to repeat the process till the glue is removed.
Oil and Wax
A quick way to deal with this is to put a paper towel on the affected area of the carpet. They iron on the towel on warm setting. This helps wax, oil or fat to stick to the paper towel, leaving the carpet clean.
Gum and Wax
Apply some ice over the wax or gum so that it freezes. You may shatter it with a spoon or any other blunt object. Before the pieces soften, vacuum and using a white towel, blot the carpet dry.
You may use the edge of a dull knife, to gently rub of traces of cigarette burns.
Simply, use your nail polish remover soaked in a cotton ball to blot the area clean.
Stain removal tips to remember
- Always blot the stain as soon as possible
- Work on the stain from outside in so that it does not spread
- Do not scrub as it damages carpet fibers
- When using spot removers, always test the same on an inconspicuous area first.
- Get your carpets professionally cleaned once or twice in a year to maintain their sheen
For a professional carpet cleaning service in Washington DC, Call (301) 523-9419 today.