REMOVE STAINS FROM CARPET
Let’s face it, it is bound to happen to all of us at one time or another. You take every precaution to protect your carpet in hopes that no accidents or carpet stains will ever occur and compromise its beautiful appearance, and in an instant, a mishap occurs with a sippy cup of Kool-Aid, drop of blood, or your beloved pet that just could not hold it any longer. What do you do but panic and frantically reach for the nearest available cloth to remove the carpet stain? Whoa – hold on and take a moment before you treat the stain!
There are many ways that you can remove carpet stains, but it is to your advantage to be educated and armed with some tried and true techniques and methods to remove the top five carpet stains that can present you with a larger challenge if they are not treated with the proper care when they occur. So take a deep breath, read on and that stain will be vanished before too long!
1. Scrape off any excess solid with a spoon or a butter knife ASAP so your cleanable spill doesn’t turn into a permanent stain. Gently blot away excess liquid with a clean, white, absorbent cloth, working from the outside edge of the stain toward the center to prevent spreading. “Always blot, never rub, which can permanently damage carpet fibers,” says Derek Christian of My Maid Service. Repeat until the cloth no longer picks up any color.
2. Dip a white cloth (or a white paper towel with no printing) into the detergent solution and dab repeatedly, then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds. Wait 15 minutes (it takes time to break down the stain), then soak up the excess liquid with a dry white cloth.
3. For Fat, Oil, and Wax, Place a paper towel over the carpet and iron on warm setting. The wax, fat, or oil should come up off the carpet and stick to the paper towel.
4. For Cigarette Burns These can be removed by gently rubbing the pile with the edge of a hard and flat surface, such as a dull knife.
5. To remove Butter, salad dressing, cheese, eggnog, cooking oil, tree sap, crayon, lotion, mascara, lipstick, nail polish stain, apply a small amount of solvent to a white cloth. Dab repeatedly, then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds. Rinse by blotting with a white cloth soaked in lukewarm water. Wait one hour or until the carpet completely dries. If the stain is getting lighter, repeat until the stain is removed.
6. If you want to remove pet stains from carpet, first, clean up the initial mess. If there is debris on the carpet, pick it up with gloves and dispose of it. If it is wet, simply use the blot method to soak up the moisture without smearing or rubbing. Blot repeatedly until the carpet is almost dry to the touch and carpet stain is removed.