Getting Rid Of Carpet Stains
Published on Monday, 21 July 2014
Carpet stains happen all the time, and they are always a pain to get rid of. You will find that the best way to get them out is to treat them straight away. This is unfortunate because the times when you tend to get spills on the carpet are usually when you are in the middle of something, like a party where someone drops some red wine, or halfway through dinner when you drop some tomato sauce whilst eating in front of the TV. You will need to get on it pretty quickly however, as both of these stains, as well as many others, will set in very quickly as they start to dry, and with the carpet being as absorbent as it is, you will need to ensure that there is no chance of this happening. You can often save yourself some time by wetting the area with water, which is why so many people recommend throwing white wine over the red wine stain, but realistically, unless you have something to draw the staining pigment from the carpet, then you are likely in trouble of it drying out eventually and staining the carpet pretty seriously. Start by dabbing at the wet area, with a clean dry cloth or a paper towel. This will soak up the stain, and in doing so draw it form the carpet. You will find that tis can start to reduce the intensity of the stain’s color, but it will do little to actually get rid of the mark as a whole. Once you have dabbed it to the point where no more color is coming out of the carpet, you need to change tactic. This is a good sign, as it means that the residue is out of the way, and you can start cleaning the staining part of the stain out of the carpet. You will find that there are loads of brand name carpet shampoos out there that are great for spotting these specific areas. Owner, if you have none to hand you can try normal soap, washing up liquid or even baking soda and white vinegar to scrub in there. You will find that the lather than this forms alongside the scrubbing action will lift the stain out of the fibers, and leave you in a position where you have removed a fair bit of the color that was not being dabbed out. After a while, dry rinse the area slightly, and dab a little more with another clean cloth or paper towel. Have a look at the stained area, to check as to how it is looking. If the stain is pretty much removed, then you can simply carry on with the process until it is completely gone. However, if it is not looking any better, then you may need to think about getting a professional in. Whilst expensive, a dry cleaning professional or a steam cleaner can work wonders with heavily stained areas, getting rid of the color quickly, safely and easily. You will find that they will also be able to do the whole carpet, which is a bit oaf game changer. However, the usual case is that you can just do your own upkeep when stains are dropped, and then have the whole carpet cleaned by the professionals every now and again, to ensure that the carpet always looks its best! Be sure that you have tried your hardest with a stain before giving up on it, and you should be fine!
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