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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Christmas and New Year now being behind us, some may find that their house isn’t looking quite as good as it did before the festivities! Indeed if you are one of the many people who have discovered wine stains on your carpet don’t do the classic ‘cover up’ (with a rug or such like!) There are some great stain removers for this sort of situation, such as Gonzo Red Wine Out Stain Remover. Indeed the ideal solution would be to have a bottle to hand before especially for such emergencies thus saving a lot of panic!

Here I hope to compile a quick and useful guide to banishing a few of the more common dirt demons that can be the bane of any householders life without resorting to the time honoured tradition of buying a new rug to cover it up! Along with a list of useful household items you may not traditionally think of as cleaning products.

Carpet stains can be hard to remove and attempting to remove them with the wrong product will usually result in the stain becoming permanent. Never rub or scrub a carpet to remove a stain. This may damage, break, or discolour the fibres and your carpet may never look the same again.

Generally speaking, it is advisable that you call in a professional carpet cleaners or upholstery cleaners to deal with the stain, but if you would rather treat it yourself, then remember to test the removal agents on a hidden area before using it on the colored fabric, because it may adversely affect the carpet. Also, bear in mind that the stain removal technique varies radically depending on whether or not the fabric is washable.

Nevertheless Wine Out is a multi-purpose product, which does not smell and is non-toxic. Stain removers can remove Red Wine stains from many types of clothing, carpets, upholstery & many other areas where stains might show up. Because of its unique formation it is effective on almost all Red Wine stains. It can be used as a laundry pre-wash, or an instant spot remover, allowing garments to be worn immediately after spots have been removed.

It is most effective when applied to freshly made stains, but when red wine has spilt you can mop it up with salt and leave it for 30 minutes. You can also pour some white wine on it to neutralise it and you can dab it with some bleach product (but not if it is spilt onto any colour other than white) but best of all keep a bottle of Gonzo Wine-Out in your cupboard.

So save tears next time this happens (which it will!) and reach for the Gonzo Wine-Out! Available in a 12oz large bottle and 1oz handy spray.

If you have other stains which have appeared, such as ballpoint ink, blood, milk, tea, coffee and more Gonzo Multi-Stain Remover is an odourless, non-toxic and non-flammable stain remover which works hard to make stains disappear like magic! With simple instructions it’s easy to use!

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To many people and households, the removal of carpet and upholstery stains is usually a daunting task. Common stains can range from coffee, ink, grass, soil and wine stains. Fortunately, help is at hand and advice on how to deal with tricky and stubborn upholstery and carpet stains. There are numerous ways that can be used to remove stains, however by following some of our helpful hints highlighted below will provide you with a greater chance of stain removal success.

What kind of stain are you dealing with?

Before embarking on stain removal from any carpet fibre or upholstery fabric, it is important firstly to identify what kind of fabric or carpet stain you are attempting to remove. You need to use the correct stain removal solution; otherwise this may result in limited success and an ineffective stain removal process.

Accidents are bound to happen!

It’s happened to us all, even if you take all the necessary precautions. Accidents will always happen, drink spills on your carpets and upholstery can often look unsightly. It often results in a mad dash to the cupboard to find a towel to mop up and prevent the stain from spreading.

Unfortunately Carpet Stains Don’t Vanish

We would like them too, however there are some helpful hints that you should consider for spot and stain removal.

Are you dealing with water or oil based stains. There are different carpets and upholstery stain removal treatments to treat both water based and oil based stains, therefore it is paramount to identify your stain before you do anything else.

Deal with the stain instantly, you have a greater chance of a positive result if you do so.

Excess spots and carpet stains can be removed by brushing, scraping or blotting. It is essential that you never rub stains as this could cause the stain to spread throughout your carpet fibres and upholstery’s fabrics.

To prevent any carpet stain or upholstery stain spreading never start in the middle of the stain, start work from the edge working inwards.

Always test the stain removal product in a small area to begin with.

Time to call in the Professionals?

You have got down on your hands and knees and tried everything, but all your attempts haven’t produced the result you had hoped. That stubborn carpet stain or upholstery stain is proving hard to shift, and then perhaps it would be advisable to appoint a professional Carpet Cleaning company, who specializes in the removal of carpet stains or stains in your upholstery.

The Best Solution is the Winner

The bottom line in carpet & fabric stain removal is to find the best solution that suits you so that the stain is removed in the quickest and most effective way possible.

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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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Carpet stain removal can be a daunting task. It should also be done with much care and precaution to prevent damage on the carpet. While using vacuum cleaner will do fine, it will only remove the dirt. Stains are different, thus, they should be treated differently.

Regardless of the approach employed in removing the stains, it is best to act immediately and quickly. If you wait in doing the cleaning, you risk ruining your carpet for good. Whether oil, wax, solid or liquid substances are spilled on the carpet, you need to grab a clean cloth to remove the solid substances or what can be removed from the stain.

Then you have to blot out as much of the stain as possible. If a liquid substance spilled the carpet, there might occur wicking. Wicking means that the liquid substances have pooled at the bottom of your carpet. Hence, it will weaken the fiber of your carpet, causing the stain to spread and resurface; and eventually, serious damage is done on your carpet.

To prevent wicking, you need to cover the area with a thick dry cloth, and weigh it down with thick books or something that is heavy. Leave it overnight and remove the stain as normal in the following day.

In the morning, when you are certain that no more liquid or staining material will come out, blot out the stain using a dampen cloth or sponge. Avoid scrubbing the carpet as it would weaken the fiber and cause the stain to spread to other areas.

Blotting the stain gently will remove the stain without causing further damage to the carpet. If the stain remains after blotting it with water, you may want to squirt mild dish washing liquid onto it to clean. Blot the stain gently and let it sit for an hour before you blot again with a cool damp sponge or cloth until the stain is totally removed.

There are many carpet stain removal products available in the market in case you do not like to use dishwashing liquid detergent. Commercial products designed for removing stains vary based on what types of stains on your carpet.

For them to be effective, you need to figure out what type of stains your carpet has. If it is greasy like oils for cooking, body, automotive or moisturizing, use grease-based stain removal products.

If the stains are acid-based like coffee or urine, your choices are oil-based or acid-based products. In oil-based, the stains are dissolved, while in acid-based, the chemical quality of the spots are changed in order to make them easy to remove.

If you are not certain on the type of stain your carpet has, choose the all-purpose type of carpet stain removal product.

In all your undertakings, it is best to test the carpet stain removal product in a corner of the carpet or in any out-of-the-way area of the carpet, lest, you may risk creating a faded spot that may look more hideous than the stain itself.

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