The sad truth of stains on your carpet is that they are unfortunately part of life, a drop of coffee falls when you’re on your way to the sofa, your wine glass takes a tumble and ends up on your gorgeous carpet. It’s happens to everyone at some point in life and you can put measures in place that will help to prevent this devastation happening but here are some useful tips on how to remove general stains from your carpet for when it does happen.
First things first, don’t panic and try to scrub the stain away. The first instinct for many people when they have spotted a stain on the carpet is to start scrubbing it away. This doesn’t work and it actually makes it a lot worse than you might think. Not only do you risk making the stain bigger, but you are also pushing the stain down into the roots of your carpet, making it incredibly tricky to get the stain out completely when you do eventually do the correct method of removal.
Doing traditional cleaning routines such as vacuuming on a regular basis will help your carpet look less mucky but the truth about vacuums (even the best ones) is that stains can be too much for them to handle, so although they can make your carpets look fresh and clean, the stains will stay there. There are ways that you can get the stains removed from your carpets so don’t worry! We have got some great advice for you.
Red Wine- The dreaded stain! But you may be surprised to know that it isn’t too hard to remove! Spritz the stain with some carbonated water and then blot with a microfiber cloth. It is a simple solution that you can repeat until the stain is not longer visible.
Coffee- This is one of the most common stains on a carpet. It requires a few more ingredients to help clean it up but it is easy to do. Mix together 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with 1 tablespoon dish soap. Make sure that you blot the stain first to remove and excess moisture and then apply the solution. Be cautious when using this solution because you have to rub it into the stain with your fingers. Make sure to wash your hands and rinse the carpet with some water and then blot the area to dry. You can repeat this method until the stain is no longer visible.
Fat based stains- Has your gravy from your Sunday dinner splashed on your carpet? Or some butter made its way into a greasy mess? Then this is the method for you to use! Sprinkle the stain with some baking soda and leave it to sit for six hours. Once the time is up vacuum the baking soda up and blot with a microfiber cloth that has been moistened with rubbing alcohol. This solution takes a bit more time, but it is effective, and it means you can still enjoy your Sunday dinner!
Getting a stain out of your carpet can be tricky even in the best conditions, but there is nothing worse than an old, dried up stain that has been sat on your carpet for ages. You may have forgotten it was there or didn’t think it was an issue. But this stain is going to give you hell for a while before it is completely removed.
There is a trick you can use that will make your life a lot easier, and that is to rehydrate the stain and then use an appropriate cleaning method to get rid of it once and for all (before you decide to start pricing up a brand-new carpet).
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The first thing you need to do is fill your spray bottle with cold water and spray it on the old stain to re-hydrate it. Don’t completely soak it, you just want to wet it enough so that the water doesn’t transfer to the floor. Leave the water on the stain for around half an hour to allow it to soak up as much as possible without completely drying.
Mix together equal parts of white vinegar, dish soap, and water as this will be your stain solution. Apply this directly onto the stain making sure that you don’t put on too much. Grab your White clean cloth and start to scrub the stain gently. This will ensure that the solution will reach the roots and all of the fibers of the carpet. This should lift your stain, but if it is still visible then repeat the previous step and then this step again.
There will likely be some remaining moisture from this method, so use a clean, dry cloth to help absorb it.
This is a simple method of removing general old stains from your carpet, it is an effective method but can not be guaranteed to work all of the time. Results will vary depending on the type of stain it is and also how long it has been there for.
The best way to remove a stain from the carpet is to hire a professional cleaner who will be able to identify what type of stain it is and how to remove it effectively. We have solutions that can help remove any stain and all of the equipment to make sure your carpet is as clean as it can be. Try and prevent these stains from happening, but if it is unavoidable then speak to us and we can advise you on the best way to proceed. Stains won’t always come out easily so let us help you get your carpet back, so you don’t have to place a stool over it every time someone comes over.