Stain Removal Guide
Oops! Whether it be coffee, the muddy shoes of a guest or some artwork from your kid, it seems that the things that are not supposed to get on your carpet always find their way to get there. You will learn about the most common carpet stains and efficient ways of treating them so you don`t damage your fabric.
What to Know Before You Start
Don`t rush to use commercial carpet stain remover as sometimes the chemical can make the stain worse. There is not a universal method for removing all types of stains and this is why you should determine its origin first. Have in mind that you should be very careful when you clean a spot as you can easily spread it further.
General Rules You Should Follow
Try cleaning up the spill as quickly as possible to avoid permanent staining. Use clear cold water and blot the stain. Do not wipe it! Do that with paper towels or a white cloth (the coloured one may 'bleed' into the carpet so we do not recommend using them). If the spill is already dry vacuum first but be careful as if it still wet you can spread the stain and make it blurry and bigger.
Carpet Stain Removal – Most Common Stains & How to Handle Them
- Fruit Juice & Berry Stains – scrape the excess with a dull knife then blot the area with some paper towels. After you`ve removed most of it mix ½ teaspoon of neutral dish soap with a ½ cup of water and apply on the spot. Blot until you remove the stain completely.
- Wine, Beer, Coffee Stains – again, blot up as much as you can. Then mix ¼ cup of white vinegar and ¾ cup of cold water and soak the spot. Blot until you remove the stain. In case this doesn`t fully remove it, apply some dish detergent and blot again.
- Blood Stains – in this case, you should use an ammonia solution. Mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia and ¾ cup of cold water. Use a spray bottle to apply it and do not over soak the carpet. Blot with a clean cloth. If you have removed the excessive moisture and the stain is still visible, use 3% hydrogen peroxide and leave it for 2 hours. Then blot and rinse until no residue is left behind.
- Candle Wax Stains - scrape as much as you can from the carpet with a dull knife. If there is more you can`t remove, put an ice cube on spot to freeze and then scrape again. After that, you will need a brown bag and an iron on a low setting. It will transfer from the carpet to the bag. If there is still some staining after that, use a clean rag and some rubbing alcohol and dab at the spot. Rinse and air dry afterwards.
- Chocolate Stains – scrape as much as you can and blot with some paper towels. Again, you will need to use the ammonia solution we`ve already mentioned above. Make sure you don not get the carpet backing wet as ammonia can damage it. Blot with a white cloth and cold water and rinse. Once you are done you blotting remove the excessive moisture with a clean rug.
- Chewing Gum Stains – similar to candle wax, you will need to freeze the spot. You can either use ice cubes or you can use canned air under pressure (the one you use to clean your computer). After that remove the gum using a spoon or a dull knife and them vacuum up the area.
- Cosmetics & Crayon Stains – use a cotton ball and some rubbing alcohol and carefully blot the stain. Then, use the dish soap solution (the same one as in Fruit Juice Stains) and blot into the affected area. As these substances tend to be more stubborn, you will probably need to apply 3% hydrogen peroxide and allow it to work for 2 hours on the spot. Then rinse gently and remove the excess moisture.
These are the most common carpet stains and the proven methods of dealing with them. If you are not sure how to remove a certain spot, better contact our carpet cleaning professionals in Fulham to get the job done for you! For more information visit our Carpet Cleaning page.