West Auckland Carpet Cleaner – 12 Tips To Remove Stains With Carpet Cleaners
Spilling drink, food, or other items on your carpet can be a big problem if it causes a stain. Replacing or repairing a carpet is an expensive business. Often though a better option is to clean the carpet using one of the methods described below by a West Auckland carpet cleaner.
- Be fast
If you are quick you may be able to blot away the stain before it has a chance to dry into the carpet. Find a white absorbent cloth or tissue, and dab the dropped item. Be sure that you do not rub it as this can force the stain into the carpet fibres, and also rub away the carpet itself.
- Check The Colour
Before you try to remove any stains, you must check to make sure the carpet is colourfast and therefore you are safe to clean it. You do this by testing a small, area that is not in full view, then apply the cleaner to the stain in the carpet.
- Dry-Cleaning Solution
You can use a solution similar to the product that a dry-cleaner would use. You can use a solution usually, surgical spirit, mixed with a detergent. A suggested combination is one teaspoonful of detergent to ¾ litres of warm water. Dab the spot.
- White Vinegar
White vinegar is a great cleaning agent; just ask your grandmother or a West Auckland carpet cleaner. It must be white vinegar and not malt vinegar. Add one tablespoon of white vinegar to the detergent solution. Dab the spot.
Although very smelly, and it makes your eyes water, ammonia is extremely effective as a stain remover. Add one teaspoon of household ammonia to one cup of warm water. Dab the spot.
- Alcohol, Coffee
If the stain is caused by alcohol, coffee, liquid foods, tea, or urine, blot up the excess liquid but do not rub the carpet. Use a solution of detergent and vinegar. Work from the edge of the stain and move towards the centre, a little at a time. Blot with a clean, dry cloth frequently.
- Chocolate, Blood, Glue
If the stain is blood, chocolate, glue, ice cream, milk, soft-drinks, sweets, or vomit, you will have to clean-up the loose material by using a blunt blade such as a fish-slice, or a spatula. Be sure not to grind any of the spill into the carpet. Use the detergent solution again beginning from the outside of the spillage, and work your way towards the middle. Blot the carpet dry, and then use the ammonia solution to clean the stained area, and finally blot dry the area again.
- Fat, Gum, Or Tar,
If the stain has been made by chewing gum, oil, ointment, shoe polish, solid fats, or tar, you need to scrape up the spillage, again using a blunt-edged instrument like the spatula. Apply the dry-cleaning solution followed by the detergent, then the white vinegar solution, before finally blotting it dry.
- Unknown Spills
If you have spillages or stains that you are not sure what they are, scrape-up or blot up the loose spilled material. After that, use the dry-cleaning solvent followed by luke-warm water, then blot dry. If that does not remove stain, then treat it with the detergent, or the detergent and white vinegar solution. Again, blot the carpet dry with a clean white cloth.
- Follow-Up Treatment
After any of the above stain removal techniques, you should follow-up by applying a simple mix of one-part white vinegar and four-parts water. Lightly spray the solution over the stained area, and blot the damp spot. As usual, you should not rub the carpet to get rid of the excess moisture. You can use a bundle of 5 to 8 paper towels to blot the affected area until it is dry.
If the damp area is still wet, then place 5 to 8 sheets of paper towel on top of it, and put a heavy weight on top to help absorb the excess moisture. If you need to leave it over-night make sure you put down fresh paper towels before you go to bed. Repeat as often as necessary.
- Dab and Blot
The best plan is to always scrape up any solid spillages, and to blot liquid spills. Always dab the stain, working inwards to the centre of the stain. Never rub from side to side. It is not difficult or expensive to make and use any of the stain removal suggestions above. You must always do a spot test on a hidden area before trying to clean the actual spillage.
- Store Safely
If you are make excess solutions or mix some in advance, make sure you label all containers, and always put them somewhere secure away from the reach of young children.
- Scotch Guard
If you have new carpet, there is a good chance that is will be treated with Scotch-guard that can help to make it stain-resistant. However, since carpet is expensive, you can always use one of the suggestions above anyway.
West Auckland Carpet Cleaner – Summary
If you use these 12 tips to remove stains from your carpet, you should be ok. However sometimes, stains cannot be removed like this. Even if the stain will not come out it will make it easier for the professionals to lift it when they come to clean the carpets. In this case you need to call in a professional West Auckland carpet cleaner.