A client spills his coffee on the white carpet at work. Your child drops his open sippy cup with grape juice on your den floor. The office luncheon ends up with splattered sauce on shoes that gets spread throughout the office. We have all been there. A small stain can send the wrong message to clients and can drive you just as mad at home. So how do you treat hard-to-remove carpet stains? Let’s look at some of the tricks of the trade that may help you.
- Start by blotting (not wiping) the stain with a clean cloth and some cold water. You risk ruining the carpet fibers or spreading the stain by scrubbing.
- Water Soluble Stains – for stains such as alcoholic beverages, berries, colas, food dyes, ice cream, jelly, milk, mud, washable ink or wet or latex paint use a simple cleaning solution made up of 1/4 teaspoon of non bleach detergent mixed with 32 ounces of water. Again blot and remove working from the outside of the stain in.
- Special Water Soluble Stains such as blood, coffee or tea try ammonia (1 Teaspoon) mixed with one cup of water .
- Water but not too much – be sure not to over soak the stain as it may ruin the backing of the carpet pad.
- For old Stains – for a stain that was hidden or not cleaned up immediately yu will want to choose a cleaning agent and let it set for a bit before beginning to work on rubbing gently at the carpet fibers.
Please be aware that not all stains are removable. Like everything its always best to call a professional even for some advice. All carpets are different, all stains are different. Cleaning carpets can be a chemistry game. Call us if you have questions or would like us to take a look at your hard-to-treat stain.