Arguably, it could be said that carpets are the most essential thing that accounts for most of the decorum of your living rooms! Carpets are usually the most noticeable things that catch the visitor’s eye and so buyers usually get the best choice out there. Any kind of stain is certainly going to cause the carpet loose its natural finesse. The article explains how to remove stains from carpets, from wine spills to pet stains, we have it all!
Irrespective of the cause, the first and the foremost step towards removing stains is to blot up what is actually is causing the stain. The next step to be addressed is to use the correct cleansing agent or cleaner for a particular kind of carpet. A mixture of water and mild detergent would be enough,but there are also some proper cleaners like ammonia and vinegar that would be required to get the job done.
There is a variety of cloths available in the market of which the carpets can be made. This may include synthetic fibers, olefins, natural fibers and wools. However, it is not at all necessary since any kind of cleaner can be used for cleaning the carpet! For instance, ammonia is not suitable for wool carpets. If you know your carpet maker, you need to check the manufacturer’s website as this might get you essential details about your carpet and also provide some information regarding the proper cleaning agents required to clean it. so which is the best carpet stain remover? This guide will answer your questions.
However you can also test a very small portion at the corner of the carpet, just to make sure that you have chosen the right cleaner! Certain yarn-made carpets are stain resistant and so they can be cleaned much easily. However, for some serious dark stains on your carpets, you always have the option of contacting a professional cleaner. However, if you want to save money by simply doing it yourself, we recommend the Bissell big green deep cleaning machine as it is used by carpet cleaner professionals and you can get it for an affordable price.
Here are few General cleaning tips that can prove to be very helpful.
General Cleaning Tips
The most general cleaning tip is to act quickly and use water before letting the strain settle too deep in the carpet. This reduces the risk of causing any permanent damage to the carpet. Make sure you initially pick up all the solid material and then with a clean, dry cloth, absorb the spill as much as possible. However, after this simple absorption process, if the stain still exists, you need to make use of a damp cloth or sponge with club soda or lukewarm water. REMEMBER: Do not scrub or rub the stained area as this may cause the stain to spread deeper in the carpet and may also damage the carpet fibers. To be on the safer end, we need to approach from the outer-edge of the discoloration and then move inwards.
Sometimes the stain appears to have been cleaned but it may resurface a day or two later as the liquid might penetrate deep into the carpet fibers. Actually, the spill has not completely cleaned, but its the surface that appears to be cleaned and hence the remaining liquid makes its way to the top causing the discoloration to re-appear again. This partial cleaning is usually known as Wicking and the best way to remove it is to put a dry cloth on the spilled part then put some heavy weight on it and keep it that way for a couple of hours. This way, you can be sure that the stain is completely absorbed from within!
Food is one of the most common reason of causing stains on the carpet. What you need to do when food stains appear is to blot the stain with a solution of non-bleaching laundry detergent or a liquid dish detergent with water which includes 62.5ml OR 0.25 cup vinegar and 250 ml OR 1 cup of water. Once you have absorbed the spill for a long time, apply some small quantity of detergent solution to the area. Allow the detergent to remain on the carpet surface for several minutes and blot it up. Put some vinegar solution, wait for few minutes and again blot it up. Repeat the steps as the intensity of the stains decreases every time. The use of vinegar solution, helps remove residual detergent from the carpet.
Ammonia treatment proves to be beneficial with foods like colas, berries and ketchups. A mixture of 15ml clear ammonia and 150ml of water is sprayed on the spot. The ammonia mixture should be blotted and the remaining stain should be treated with vinegar and detergent solution. Ammonia being a bleaching agents, works best with light-colored carpets.
Remove coffee stains from carpet with this method, remove wine stains from carpet, this method works for a number of food products. The Hoover MaxExtract Dual V has a range of cleaning features, one impressive feature we loved was that it allows you to set what stain you are using the cleaner to clean. For example for coffee stains you can you the ‘coffee stains’ setting and for wine spills, the ‘wine’ setting, a neat feature.
Oil and Grease stains
Another annoying carpet stain in our list. When dealing with Oil stains, always make sure you use mild-detergent and water solution in order to deal with oily and greasy stains. After allowing the solution to stay for few minutes, absorb most of the stain and use some warm water to rinse out the detergent. If this method does not work, make use of clean cloth by rubbing alcohol or dipping it in dry cleaning solvent. After each such treatment, it is mandatory to rinse the carpet once. Moreover, do not allow the alcohol and the solvent to have contact of the carpet backing as it holds the potential to break down the latex that holds the carpet. Why not read our review of the Bissell little green machine it removes oil and grease stains with one pass.
Pet urine stain can be treated with a mix of club soda/water and some mild detergent. If the stain spot doesn’t go, spray some ammonia (15ml) and water solution (125ml), absorb the stain, and spray some vinegar and water mix. However, in case of tough stains, a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water proves to be helpful but you need to ensure that it stays at least for 30 minutes on the stain spot. To remove pet mess and hair we recommend the Bissell spotbot pet handsfree a powerful carpet cleaner built for familys with pets.
The worst of carpet stains is blood stains! In order to remove blood stains, apply ammonia solution (15ml ammonia and 125ml water) on the spot to neutralize it. Blot it up with a dry cloth and again pour a mixture of mild-detergent with water, and if you find it to be working, repeat the process and finally rinse it with some cool water. A hydrogen peroxide solution applied for 30 minutes or an hour can also prove to be good option in this case. Blood stains should be treated with cool solutions as warm water may cause the stain to settle down permanently.