Carpet Cleaning Tips for Tough Stains
The type of stains you see on carpeting will vary, and therefore what will work for cleaning one type of stain will not be useful for another.
However, one thing to immediately do, regardless of the type of stain is to blot the spill up right away before a permanent stain is set into the carpeting. Another thing to keep in mind is the type of cleaner that you use for any particular stain will depend on the type of material the carpeting is made from.
Carpeting can be manufactured of synthetic fibers like olefin, or natural fibers such as wool. Therefore, once you are aware of what material your carpeting is made from, then you must go to the manufacturer’s website, and jot down the information listed on there on how to remove stains from the carpet.
Soaked in Stains
When there is a lot of liquid pooled at the base of the carpeting, then wicking can happen and that is the last thing you would want! When you believed that you cleaned the stain thoroughly but in fact you didn’t, and the stain comes back a day or so after.
That means the only thing that was cleaned thoroughly was the surface, and the liquid left over ended up settling into the fibers which is what causes the discoloration.
In order prevent that from happening is to cover the stained area with many plain paper towels, or you can use a thick cloth that is cleaned to cover the area. Make sure that a weighted object (several heavy books as an example) is over the cloth so it can absorb the guck. Keep it this way overnight so it has the best chance to soak the stain up.
Then the next day you can clean the carpet.
Pet stains can be tricky. For instance if they urinate or vomit bile on the carpeting, more has to be done to clean than the tip that was described above. Firstly, if a pet stained your carpet, mix water and mild detergent together. Once the mixture is made, then put it on the cloth that you will clean with, and let it soak the stained area. Do not rub or else you will end up defeating the purpose by allowing the stain go deep and settle into the fibers.
If this mixture does not eliminate the stain, then you can do the following: Mix water with a tablespoon of clean ammonia. Then blot the stain with this mixture, and after that spray the mixture of a ¼ cup and a cup of water.
If the stain is tough, you may need to mix a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and a cup of water. Let this mixture sit on the stain for a half hour before blotting it up. That should do the trick.
If you have wool or other natural fiber carpet, contact a professional or carpet manufacturer to be sure the products you are using wont cause damage.
Oil and Grease Stains
Oil and grease stains can be overwhelming because you will immediately think your carpeting is ruined by them. However, that does not have to be the case. For these stains, start with a solution mild detergent and water, and allow it to sit on the stain for several minutes.
After, go and blot the stained area to remove as much of it as you can. Then be sure to rinse out the detergent with a small amount of hot water. If the stain is still present, then use a clean cloth and dip it into rubbing alcohol or a dry cleaning solvent to blot the stain. Always remember to rinse the carpeting after each cleaning attempt is made.
However if you have tried each cleaning tip mentioned above and nothing has worked, you must clean a professional cleaning company to help remove tough stains for good!