Spot And Stain Removal

Rule No. 1 regarding spots and spills on your carpeting: Clean them immediately. If you catch the spill when it’s fresh, you’ve got a good chance of removing it totally. Consider these tips, too:

Carefully blot or scrape the entire area before applying any cleaning solution. Remove as much of the spill as possible.
Before using any cleaning solution, test your carpet in an inconspicuous area to make sure the cleaner won’t damage or discolour it. Test the cleaning agents that you keep on hand before you have to use them to make sure they will not harm your carpet.
Do not rub the spill — that might spread the problem to a larger area.
When you apply spot cleaner, work from the outside of the stain toward the inside to avoid spreading the stain. After applying a cleaning solution, blot up all the moisture.

Accidents and spillages don’t have to become stains. The sooner you treat a spill, the more easily the dirt will come out. However, there are a number of tips and tricks that could help you finally remove that stubborn stain and stop you discarding or replacing a cushion or carpet that you thought was ruined, but can be rescued!

Tackle the stains as follows:

Remember – some new carpets have been subjected to anti-static and soil resistant treatments. Even when these have been applied, it is wise to follow the stain removal procedures suggested.

Alcohol, Coffee, Tea, Liquid Foods and Urine.
Blot up surplus spillage. Use a mild detergent and white vinegar solution. Work from the outer edge of the stain inwards, using a little at a time, blotting up with dry cloths frequently. See below for final rinse procedure.

Chocolate, Sweets, Blood, Glue, Ice Cream, Milk, Soft Drinks and Vomit.
Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use a mild detergent solution starting at the outer edge. Blot dry. Follow up with Ammonia Solution. Blot dry. See below for final rinse procedure.

Solids, Fats, Tar, Chewing Gum. Oil, Ointment and Shoe Polish.
Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use a dry cleaning solution followed by a mild detergent and white vinegar solution. Blot dry. See below for final rinse procedure.

Unknown Stains.
Scrape up or blot surplus spillage. Use a dry cleaning solvent followed by clean luke warm water. Blot dry. If further treatment is needed, use either a mild detergent or detergent and white vinegar solution. Blot dry. See below for final rinse procedure.
Final Rinse Procedure:

This rinse procedure is applicable to all the above methods of stain removal. Simply mix one part white vinegar and four parts water. Pour mixture into spray bottle and spay over the stained area. Blot dampened area (do not rub) to remove excess moisture. Spread white kitchen towel (stacked 6-8 sheets deep) over the affected area and a place a weight, such as a book, directly on top. This will help the moisture residue to soak into the towels. Leave overnight and repeat if necessary.

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It used to be that when you spilled almost anything on your carpet you were guaranteed a stain, however, with new carpet materials and stain removers almost any stain can be successfully removed from your carpet in Granite Bay.

Whenever you have a spill on your carpet, you increase your chances of removing all of the stain if you attend to the spill directly. First, remove any solid portions from the spill, and then use a towel, cloth or paper, to absorb as much of the liquid as possible. You do not want to spread the spill, so always blot from the outer edge of the spot towards the center. Never add water to the stain, because this will just make the spot larger. After you have blotted up all of the excess liquid, cover it with a few paper towels and put a heavy object on top of it to get out any last remnants of liquid in granite Bay.

Success with Stain Removers

Once that last little drop of liquid has been absorbed, use a stain remover specified for the type of stain in your carpet. You can find carpet stain remover products in most any store that sells cleaning products. If your spill was wine, juice or food, you can probably use any standard stain remover to lift the stain. If you have a tougher stain like coffee, then there are special formulations to remove just coffee.

Before dousing your stain with the remover, test it on an obscure corner of your carpet. Apply a tiny bit and make sure that your carpet remains colorfast. See if there are any changes to you carpets color; if you do notice any change at all, then get another brand of remover to try on your stain. Once you find a remover that will not alter the color of your carpet, then apply the solution to a clean, soft cloth and begin to work it into the stain, following recommendations on the product label. Do not apply a lot of pressure and let the stain remover do most of the work. After several minutes, blot the area and reapply the carpet stain remover. You may have to repeat this process several times until the entire stain is gone. When the stain is out, rinse the area with cold water and blot it dry.

Home Remedy Stain Solutions

If you find yourself looking at one of the harder stains to remove like blood, ink or grease, you will need to use stronger solvents to get the stain out of your carpet. Two things that you can try are dry cleaning solution and brake cleaner. Brake cleaner is particularly effective on grease, and dry cleaning solution is full of powerful cleaning chemicals. Use these products sparingly when blotting up your stain.

If you have a coffee or tea stain then try removing it with dishwashing liquid. You can also try the old home remedy of one part vinegar and two parts water. For wine and juice drinks, try club soda before you try a commercial stain remover. Club soda loosens the stains grip on the fibers of the carpet.

Clean with Steam

If all else fails, you can steam clean the spot with a small steam cleaner. This machine works very much like a vacuum cleaner. It creates hot steam, which should loosen the stain, and then it vacuums up the debris. If you find yourself facing frequent spills, you may want to invest in a wet/dry vacuum cleaner, which picks up liquid as well as dry debris to make the clean up process just that much quicker.

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