Most methods and tactics used to remove stains from a carpet include common household cleaning products, harsh chemicals, and a few other common household supplies to remove even the toughest carpet stains. There are also many different solutions that can help clean carpeting that are expressly concocted for certain kinds of carpet stains. If you have had no luck with common cleaning agents used to remove carpet imperfections, it is always wise to consult with professional flooring experts. You might get lucky and find a miracle cure on the shelf in some supermarket; however, it is important to keep in mind that depending on the fabric of your carpet you can wind up doing more damage than was initially the case. Furthermore, sometimes the average homemade solution simply just doesn’t do the job. In these cases, you might consider hiring a professional carpet-care business to utilize professional-grade solutions and materials to remove even the toughest stains or wear patterns. Sometimes we have to call in the big guns, but first, it’s helpful to try a few of these tips on how to remove stains from carpeting before spending extra money on a professional cleaning service.
The Conditions for Cleaning
Just as a t-shirt or a pair of jeans, the method of removing a stain greatly depends on the type of liquid that is seeping into the fabric and the type of fabric that it is affecting. As you can imagine, there are a plethora of different scenarios where a spill or an accident can damage your carpeting and become permanent if not treated quickly. Furthermore, not all carpeting is created equally. It is important to know what type of carpet fiber you’re working with before attempting to clean it. You might consider consulting with the manufacturer of the carpeting in order to determine the best approach to stain removal.
Common Types of Stains
The most frequent types of carpet stains include: pet accidents, wine or bright-colored liquid stains, coffee stains, and ink stains. Usually cleaning methods involve a durable cloth, like a wash cloth, a specialized cleaner (especially for pet messes). However, there are some home-remedy methods of cleaning the aforementioned stains.
Again, pet stains are best cleaned with specialty pet stain removal products, but be sure to follow the directions on the product—refrain from spraying too much on the carpet, which will damage the fiber. Luckily there are many pet-stain removal products on the market today that will work just fine for this purpose, and for most carpet types.
Wine and coffee stains should be blotted first to remove excess moisture, then use white vinegar combined with water and a mild soap to spray onto the stain. Let the liquid soak into the carpet for about 10 minutes, and then blot the area with a wet towel. Repeat this process a few times as-needed.
Ink stains should be cleaned with solutions that are high in alcohol content, such as rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. Again, blot the stain with a towel—and be careful not to scrub the area; this will only further spread the stain, and cause what looks like a dull, ink-colored spot on your carpet. Once the ink has spread to other areas, it is far more difficult to remove.
Removing Older Stains
Removing older stains poses unique challenges, mostly because it is likely that we aren’t sure what caused the stain or how long it’s been there. In these situations, you can try using a white vinegar and water mixture to spray on the localized area, then vigorously blot the area dry. Unfortunately this isn’t a fail-safe approach, but it’s usually worth a shot. For tougher, older stains, contact a professional.
Our Philosophy on Carpet Care
Here at Hardwooderia we pride ourselves on the fact that customers remain loyal to us after over two decades. We attribute our community title as the “number one flooring provider in the Conejo Valley area” including the cities of Simi Valley, Moorpark, and Chatsworth, to our dedication to professionalism, affordability, and client education on maintenance and care for their flooring. Carpeting can be especially difficult to care for, so we have plenty of tricks up our sleeves to help our clients. For more information on carpet care and maintenance practices, contact us directly. We look forward to helping you restore your flooring back to its former glory.