Whether it’s the kids running around the house, or a dinner party that involves that clumsy friend and a glass of red wine, the inevitable carpet stain is bound to occur at some stage.
Rather than having a house filled with Persian rugs covering a decade of stains, there are two more viable solutions to resolving this problem. The first being to get in professional carpet cleaning services, probably the best option if your once spotless carpet is in dire need of some TLC. The other option, of course, is to learn how to remove these stains correctly yourself.
Carpet cleaning is a bit of an art and if you are not careful with how you go about cleaning certain types of stains, you could end up with some extravagant abstract art on your carpet.
Here are some helpful tips on how to clean common carpet stains:
It could be something as simple as dry air that causes a bleeding nose to leave a nasty blood stain on a carpet. Rather than letting your guests believe your home was a crime scene, rinse the stain with cool water and an ammonia-based cleaner like Handy Andy and allow it to soak for around 10 minutes, then spot clean until the stain is removed. Be careful about using ammonia on your precious Persian rug, though.
2 Butter or cooking oil
It’s usually during a delicious greasy meal that our gluttony results in excess oil dripping onto our clothes or carpet. Here, use lukewarm water and a detergent (preferably a spray) to dilute the stain. Place a paper towel over the stain and let the fats be absorbed. Repeat the process until the entire stain is removed.
A mug of coffee set down on the carpet can easily leave a ring stain or be kicked over by accident. These stains should be soaked in warm water and gently dabbed with vinegar diluted water. Avoid powder soaps which can set the stain.
There are few things more relaxing than a glass of red wine while watching television. That is until the wine ends up on your carpet or upholstery. Usually someone in the room recommends pouring your bottle of white wine on top of the stain, however, this only really dilutes the red wine. The best solution is to treat with warm water and then salt the stain. After allowing the salt to dissolve, dab with a glycerine-based detergent and then place a paper towel over the stain to absorb the moisture. Repeat the process if necessary.
5 Engine grease or machine oil
Rinse mechanical grease stains with warm water as soon as possible. Use a heavy duty detergent. Concentrate the detergent on the stained area and lay down paper towels to absorb the oils. Repeat the process as often as necessary. It is highly recommended that you make use of professional carpet cleaning services to remove these kinds of stains.
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