Most carpet stains come from one of two things—plants and animals. Plant based stains are things like wine or coffee, while animal based stains would be things like blood, grease, urine, etc. These stains can be fairly easy to remove if they are done right away, but if too much time passes, a stain can set in and now you have a different problem that needs a different process to treat it.
The Basics Of Carpet Stain Removal
Home-based solutions can work really well for removing carpet stains. Following are some tips….
For animal based stains, use one teaspoon of clear dish soap, laundry detergent or ammonia and mix the detergent with one cup of very warm water. Be sure to use clear liquid soap so that the dyes in colored detergents will not cause further staining. Put your solution in a spray bottle and thoroughly spray the stain. After it is wet with the solution, use a metal spoon to agitate the spot lightly. Do not use bristle brushes for this task because it will just make the stain go deeper in the fibers of the carpet. Let the solution soak on the stain for at least five minutes and then blot as much as possible before rinsing, blotting some more and repeating this process until you see the stain disappearing.
For plant-based stains, the procedure is the same but instead of dish soap, you will need to use a half and half solution of white vinegar and warm water. Vinegar is great for tannin stains because the acid breaks the stain down. This works best along with a little elbow grease!
If you’ve tried these methods but still have a carpet stain, then it’s time to pull out the big guns and use bleach. But NOT household bleach like Clorox! For this step, you need to use peroxide, which has a bleaching agent. It’s much safer to use than bleach. Remember that alkaline, heat and UV light will all speed up that bleaching process. For something like a red dye or ink stain, pour the peroxide directly on the stain and cover it with a white cloth. Heat your iron to the highest steam setting and hold the steam iron on the cloth for 20-30 seconds. Rinse with clean water, blot up the excess liquid and repeat this process until the stain has lifted. Ammonia can sometimes accomplish the same thing, especially if you can let the treated stain sit in the sun for a time.
Carpet stain removal can be a frustrating process, but one that can usually be done successfully. Don’t be afraid to try these methods. If all else fails, you will need to call the professionals who can utilize deep steam cleaning and very hot water, along with extraction machines.
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