Prevention is still better than cure but it seems that we always create
stains on the surfaces from which they are the most difficult to remove.
In cases of spills, avoid stain to penetrate and absorb more. Simply
blot the spot and dry working from the outside in, rinse thoroughly with
clean water, then blot again. Never scrub the carpet, or you risk
ruining the carpet fibers or letting the spill soak through to the
While some accidents may leave you bruised, carpet stains do not have to be one of them. Let's face it, we live in a world where accidents happen – the unavoidable collision on the expressway, the mishap of tripping down the stairs and the dreaded grape juice stain on your new white carpet.
The best method to cleaning any sort of stain is to prevent it from
happening in the first place. Do your best to keep all forms of liquids
away from your carpet. Try to keep them on surfaces such as tile or
linoleum that are easy to wipe down.
you have accidentally spilled that dark-colored grape juice on your new
white carpet, the first thing you should do is place an absorbent towel
over the stain and place something heavy on it, such as your body.
Preferably, this towel should be white, so that you do not add other dye
colors to your stain. This will allow the towel to absorb most of the
juice from the carpet so it does not seep into the pad.
You need to know what type of carpet you have. If you have a delicate
wool carpet, a harsh cleaner may permanently damage your run while
carpet cleaning. However, if you have regular carpet you may be able to
clean the stain yourself without causing any damage.
Spray some lukewarm water on fresh stains. Never use hot water as it
may help the stain to set in permanently. Also, be careful to avoid
soaking the carpet, which may cause your stain to spread and permanently
damage a larger area of your carpet.
Use another white towel to absorb the water that you have just sprayed
onto the stain. Repeat this step a few times during your carpet
cleaning. Essentially, you are trying to pick up as much of the stain as
possible before you actually clean the stain with a detergent solution.
If you have been unable to completely remove the stain by the previous
methods of carpet cleaning, it is time to get tough and add some
detergent to the stain. There are several different brands of detergent
on the market for carpet cleaning, but certain detergents such as
non-bleaching laundry detergent will also work. If you are using a
commercial carpet cleaning solution, follow the manufacturer's
instructions for the best stain removal. If you are using a detergent to
make a carpet cleaning solution, add 1/4 teaspoon to 1 liter of
lukewarm water and mix thoroughly.
sure to test this solution on an inconspicuous spot of your carpet to be
sure it is safe and will not cause any damage. It's even better to test
it on a piece of carpet scrap, if you have any extra lying around.
Soak. Soak a white cleaning cloth with the prepared solution and lay if over the stain.
Gently knead the soaked cloth back the forth over the stain, working
from the outside to the inside. This should allow the stain to lift and
not spread any further. Be careful not to rub the stain vigorously as
you may damage the carpet fibers.
Dry. Allow the stain to air dry. Never add heat as this may cause the stain to permanently dry into your carpet.
method should work on treating most stains, before you pull out the
carpet cleaner. If you are ever in doubt, consult a professional carpet cleaner
Published by Graeme Stephens owner of Carpet Cleaning Auckland company, the leading Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery and Pest Control Company covering all Auckland post codes. Contact us today to ask about the services we can offer you. All our advice will be completely FREE.