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Dealing with Carpet Stains

Everyone has a different approach to combating fresh stains on a carpet. Most consumers are quick to run to a nearby cabinet to snatch some sort of solution and pour it over the stain. While this may seem like a smart idea, it’s really not. Many people end up damaging their carpets by acting in such an expedient and rash manner.

stain-removal-helpAs of today, there are various types of carpets available to consumers and each made out of different materials. What creates an issue is that many consumers don’t pay attention to the type of carpet they have. Thus, as they shop for a cleaning solution they grab the one which seems most fit to them. When they dab their carpet with this solution, they usually find it has an opposite effect and one thats not very desirable. We recommend stocking up on some neutral carpet cleaning supplies, ones that are fit for just about any material.

However, there are some specific cases that may require special more than just some cleaning solution. Stains that are the result of ink, wine, or pet urine may require the attention of a qualified professional. If you are up to the task, you could consider tackling the project yourself. This would require some equipment rentals and a bit of elbow grease. You will find, in the end that its a wiser choice to have a professional do it.

So how does a professional go about cleaning carpet stains? First off, he or she asses the carpet and decides on the best treatment option. Some common cleaning techniques include dry chemical cleaning, steam cleaning, hot water extraction, and dry cleaning. Depending on the severity and type of stain, the carpet cleaner will choose an appropriate process. Although you may be convinced that you could save money by cleaning your carpet yourself, you will end up paying more.

Carpet stains are unfortunate but shouldn’t be made a huge deal of. If you know what to do when a stain first appears, you should have no problem getting rid of it and getting back to enjoying your carpet

Cleaning Carpet Stains – Harmless And Simple!

  • carpet cleaning productsDid you know that a number of  common household cleaning products you would normally use to clean a carpet stain may actually damage your carpet?
  • Did you also know that ‘clear’ liquid cleaning products are better for removing carpet stains than ‘opaque’ liquid detergents?
  • What about this question: When you are blotting a carpet stain, should you work inward or outward to clean the carpet stain?

Take a look at the tips below, you will be surprised how much you can learn and how helpful they will be.

Carpet Cleaning Stain Removal Tips:

Collect the below items and keep them handy in all together so they are easy to find:

  • A clear or transparent liquid detergent (do not use opaque or coloured detergents as these can leave a residue that attracts more dirt, which defeats the purpose).
  • A spot remover that works against grease and other dirt, such as Dr. Beckmann’s carpet stain remover.
  • Club soda.
  • Ammonia – which you will mix 1 x tablespoon to 1 x cup of water (do not use on wool).
  • Polish remover – do not use a oil based version as this will leave marks.
  • Vinegar – which you will mix 1 x white vinegar to 1 x water.
  • Non coloured paper towels or cloths.
  • One of the best methods to clean stains from your carpet is to
    • Collect as much of the spillage as possible
    • Blot the spillage inward (blotting outward can make the stain worse/bigger)
    • Use one of the items mentioned above for cleaning carpet stains. Remember that a lot of other common household cleaning products contain chemicals that can damage the carpet, upholstery or rug.
    • Once cleaned, rinse the stain spot with the least amount of water as possible, do not soak everything as you can also get water stains if you are not careful
    • Pack the cleaned, stained area with your white paper towels or white cloths, whatever you are using.
    • Add a weight on top of the cloths/paper towels to compress the wet area and leave it for 24 hours.

The following preventative tips can help you extend the life of your carpets:

  • Use a carpet mat, especially in doorways to external exits and keep them clean so much is not trod onto your hallway and living room carpets.
  • Decide which system you will use for cleaning stains and your carpets regularly, and stick to it, otherwise when you do come to cleaning, the stains will be very hard to remove!

Carpet Spot Removal

carpet cleaning productsAnyone who has experience with carpets at home or at work, knows the types of accidents that can happen. Carpet is very common in most houses these days, making the likelihood of accidents and spills all the more common. Regardless of the spillage, be it mud, milk or blood, if you know what you are doing, you will find that there are effective ways to clean everything.

You will find that at your local shop or supermarket there are several cleaning products that you can choose from that will work great. The only issue with these cleaning detergents is that the instructions on how best to should use them can be a little vague.

Rule number 1 – if you have a red stain on your carpet, do not attempt to clean this yourself, get a professional in to do the job properly.  They know what they are doing and with stains like this, you could easily ruin your carpet.

Remember –  red is the toughest stain to get out. A professional carpet cleaner is properly trained and equipped to handle this effectively with no risk to your carpet.

Now that we have got that out of the way, the good news is that for other spillages and stains there is always an effective and cheap way to clean stains from both your carpet, rugs and upholstery.

Tip – The first thing to do is go to your local Halfords or car parts shop and pick up some of their car upholstery and carpet cleaner. Auto Glym is one of the best you can get and is also available online at Amazon and other good retailers, as they say.  Most cleaners that come in a can or squirt bottle are foaming cleaners, which basically means they make your cleaning work a lot easier.

The detergent foam used in these cleaners penetrate the fibres and the stains are released and suspended in the foam . You will need to lightly scrub the stained areas to get the detergent foam working but it really is an easy job.

To help you clean stains, the tips below may come in handy when trying to remove spots:

  1. Only use white cloths or towels when you clean carpet and upholstery (as mentioned above) to reduce the risk of colours running together.
  2. Foaming cleaners definitely make it easier to clean your upholstery, even if the product label states dry clean only.

Tip – test your cleaning product or detergent on a hidden area just incase it has an adverse effect, better to be safe than sorry.

Stain Sport Removal Conclusion

As long as you are not looking to remove a red stain from your carpet or upholstery, you really should not have any issues getting stains out. Stains and spots are a carpet’s and your worst enemy, which is why you should not leave them to set for too long, always get them out as soon as you can, whilst it is still easy.

Choose Your Carpet Cleaning Detergents Carefully

Dirtbusters Clean and deodorise ConcentrateYou have likely spent a lot of money on your carpeting, so it makes perfect sense that you also want to take care of it. These days everything seems to be getting better and better, your carpet cleaning detergents is no different.

There are many carpet cleaning chemicals available on the market today, and the correct choice depends on the job you need done. Carpet cleaning chemicals can be loosely divided into four categories, according to their function: cleaning, controlling or counteracting odours, protecting and sealing, and those chemicals designed for special tasks.

Examples are myriad. Here are a few:

Carpet cleaning chemicals for extracting soil are only the most obvious. There’s a pre-spray chemical, a carpet spot and stain remover chemical, a dry cleaning solvent and spot remover, the ubiquitous absorbent powder extraction chemical, and even a neutraliser to put everything back the way it wasÖ only better.

Odour control carpet cleaning chemicals, as can be expected, work to neutralise or rid the carpet of odours, usually created by pets. Many have a subtle citrus fragrance.

The field of carpet protectants and sealing is perhaps where the new carpet chemicals really shine. Some are dry and some spray on, all are considered state-of-the-art necessities to protect the look and life of your carpet.

A good example of the specialty items category is the chemical used in professional extraction machines to cut down on the production of foam.

Choosing from the cornucopia of carpet cleaning chemical products can be daunting. But taking the time to research the right choices for your particular situation will be rewarding.

The experts recommend you set up a regular carpet cleaning program. Vacuum daily, they say, dry carpet clean once a week, and use a heavy-duty deep steam (or vapour) carpet extracting machine as often as necessary to keep your carpeting bright, beautiful and healthy.

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