It’s always such a stressful moment, watching the staining material falling on to your beautiful carpet, as if in slow motion. It doesn’t have to spell disaster, though. We’ve got you covered:
Juice or Wine stains
Fruit stains can be a pain to remove. They seep into carpet fibers quickly with their rich colors, risking permanent damage. The key is to treat the carpet with hydrogen peroxide immediately, while the stain is still wet. Always gently blot the stain with a dry towel. Never rub the stain, as this can make it more difficult to remove and could lead to saturation of the carpet pad. After a few minutes of blotting, try a mixture of ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of liquid dish detergent, and water in a spray bottle. Spray the area liberally and let it soak for 5-10 minutes. Then proceed to blot with a clean, dry towel until the stain is removed.
A blood stain is a terrible moment, when you’re dealing with an injury at the same time as a cleanup! Because it penetrates, clean any blood from the affected surface while it is still fresh. The faster you act, the more effective the stain removal method will be. Always use cold water because blood coagulates with heat, and cold will prevent the blood from permeating into the carpet fibers. Fill a spray bottle with liquid dish detergent and cold water, then spray on the stain. Use a paper towel or a dry cloth to blot the spot so that the blood is transferred.
Coffee stains are a common occurrence for both residential and commercial customers. They leave unsightly stains and can be tricky to remove. Dry the spot by blotting with a dry towel. Try a mixture of vinegar, water, and a gentle detergent, rinse, and repeat.
To remove pet stains from carpet, clean up the mess as soon after as is possible. Baking soda can help to remove moisture and minimize the smell. The area may require a deep cleaning with shampoo to completely remove the stain. In the event the stain has already dried on the carpet fibers, the best way to proceed is to re-wet it. Then apply a carpet cleaning product specifically formulated for pet stains.
Removing carpet stains is often a race against time. With a little extra attention, you can keep your flooring looking as good as new.