We decided to expand on our previous blog about stain removal and give some detailed tips based on years of knowledge and experience, when it comes to cleaning up EVERY type of household stain you may see on your carpet.
The first and most important step when it comes to Carpet Stain Removal is acting fast! We are offering the following tips on all of the most common household stains from cooking oils, to wax, to red drink spills, which always seem to happen in the worst place. These tips are a general rule of thumb and factors such as the carpet type can affect results.
Water Soluable Stains
These include cola, gravy, jelly, ice cream, mud, washable inks, wet paint or latex paint***, food dyes, and animal excrement.
- The first step with most spills is to blot or wipe up as much of the spill as possible using an old rag or paper towel.
- Create a simple cleaning solution using ¼ cup of white distilled vinegar mixed with 32 oz. warm water.
- Apply this cleaning solution to the affected area using an old rag and blot. Do not rub the area as this may cause the stain to spread.
- Repeat this step until the stain has faded. Blot dry with a paper towel.
***Paint spills can be very difficult to clean if they become dry. If you spill paint, keep it wet until you or a professional is able to clean it.
Other Water Soluable Stains
These water soluable stains are a little more difficult to clean up and require a different mix to form the solution. These stains include blood, coffee, tea, vomit, mustard, chocolate and wine.
- Blot or wipe up any excess spill/stain.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of pure ammonia with 1 cup of warm water.
- Apply the solution to the affected area using a blotting technique with an old rag. Blot the stain until area fades to normal. (*Note, do not use this solution on any wool based carpets)
- Blot the area dry using a paper towel
Non-soluble stains such as wax, glue, fat, oil, nail polish, gum and urine all pose their own individual problem that must be treated specifically.
Wax – Place an old rag over the area and apply heat to the spill using an iron (low heat setting). Once the wax heats up it will become soft and it should stick to the rag. Repeat this process if necessary.
Gum & Wax can also be removed by freezing the affected area using ice cubes in a zip lock bag. Leave ice on the area until the wax becomes hard, then pick it off with a blunt object such as a spoon.
Glue can be removed by applying rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball, then gently rubbing the glue until the glue becomes soft. The glue should eventually rub off the carpet after it all becomes soft from the alcohol. Rinse the carpet with a wet rag to remove as much alcohol as possible, then blot dry with a paper towel.
Fat & Oil – Fat and oils are very tricky stains to get out. The best way to do so is to apply heat, again using an old towel and an iron (low heat setting) to liquefy the spill and transfer it to the rag. Repeat this step until all of the stain has transferred.
Nail Polish – Nail polish is a permanent stain unless you have its counterpart…nail polish remover! Apply a very small amount of nail polish remover to the affected area using a cotton ball, then blot gently using an old rag. Repeat this step until all of the nail polish is gone from the carpet. Now rinse the area using a wet rag, and then dry using a paper towel.
As with any spill, there is no guarantee that it will come out. We hope these guidelines for professional carpet cleaning Richmond VA and surrounding communities help you with your carpet cleaning problems. If you have anymore questions don’t hesitate to give us a call!
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