We all love carpets, they’re soft, pleasing to look at and provide the perfect floor covering throughout your home. While carpets are usually a superior choice to another flooring. Some of their benefits are many, some include:
Their appearance: They add to your existing decor with options to use colour and patterns to enhance existing decor and furniture or can be used as a focal point to any room.
Their style: The possibilities are endless when it comes to customising the space your carpet sits in, it can be a unique style that serves as a statement piece in your home or something subtle that mimics the walls of your home.
They allow for great acoustic as they absorb sounds, as well as cost saving since cleaning them over time, is cheaper than a hard surface. Carpets are also good for your health since they trap dust, allergens and contaminants that can be removed at a later stage.
Another important aspect of carpets is appearance: they can create an image that you desire in your home, however, this is where many people begin to falter on their decision to own or maintain a carpet since the problem of carpet stains and carpet stain removal is brought to light. But you shouldn’t have to worry about this. We’re going to list the different types of stains you get, some ways to remove stains on your own and other DIY carpet stain removal tips.
Before you begin cleaning the carpet, take heed of the following tips. You don’t want to rush into cleaning a carpet and end up ruining it or damaging it permanently. Many people simply think the stain will also just “disappear” over time but that’s not accurate as the sooner you tend to the stain the easier it will be to be removed.
First and foremost, blot the stain and dry it working your way from the outer edge, in. Rinse throughout with clean water and continue to blot. Another mistake that people make is to scrub the carpet, this is a bad idea as it ruins the fibres in the carpet and can let the spill soak through deeper into the carpet pad. We understand how shocking it must be to see a stain on your beloved carpet but we strongly advise not to panic and to work calmly so as not to further damage or spread the stain on your carpet.
So there are many different types of stains that can affect your carpet since there are many elements in your home and if you’re keen on making sure your carpets are cleaned and maintained in the DIY area then the following list will help you.
Clients with children and young kids around the house are far too familiar with the anxiety that comes with having young kids around carpets. If you have young children who are regularly on the carpeted areas of your home you may advise to put some rules in place such as no running or jumping with liquids in their hands and being cautious when eating but besides preventative measures, there are also simple carpet cleaning DIY tips to help.
Water soluble stains can be removed with a mixture of nonbleach detergent or white vinegar mixed with water. The following stains can be used to clean a carpet with vinegar and water: alcoholic beverages, berries, food dyes, jelly, ice cream, mud, washable ink, milk, gravy, excrement, colas and wet or latex paint. Use ¼ teaspoon of white vinegar or nonbleach detergent with approximately 1 litre of water. These are the most common stains that occur however you have more unique or harder to remove stains.
These types of stains require a special water-soluble stain removal process. If you have blood, chocolate, coffee, mustard, tea, vomit and wine. Before you attempt to use this method make sure to confirm what type of carpet you have as bleach can harm certain types of carpets. Mix one tablespoon of ammonia with a cup of water or if you have a wool or wool blend carpet use a mild detergent with water. If these solutions don’t work on solution-dyed carpets you can mix chlorine bleach to five parts water. But once again be sure to confirm what type of carpet you have before applying anything to it.
If you’ve got an oil, wax or fat stain try using a paper towel over the stain and going over it with an iron on a warm setting. Ideally, the oil, wax or fat will come off the carpet and stick to the paper towel.
Nail polish looks great on hands but not so great on your carpet, it can be removed with nail polish remover dipped in a rag or cloth.
Glue can be removed using rubbing alcohol with a cotton ball or soft cloth and press it to an area that’s affected. When the glue is moistened, gently wipe it off and repeat until the carpet is cleaned.
Wax and gum can be frozen with ice and then shattered with a spoon or blunt object. You can vacuum it before the pieces soften and blot the carpet with a white towel.
A cigarette burn can be removed gently rubbing the pile with the edge of a hard and flat surface, a dull knife will be perfect for this application.
Finally, if you had pets or young kids then removing urine can be done with white towels and blotted with a damp and cool cloth, you can then clean the area with a solution of vinegar and water mixed in a 1:1 ration. You can apply a solution of clear nonbleach detergent ½ worth, mixed with 32 ounces of water.
When cleaning on your own make sure you have the proper equipment if you’re using any and that your carpet can dry within 6-12 hours since it can get damaged from being too wet.
You can use a fan or dehumidifier to speed up the drying process. A wet carpet for an extended period of time can risk mildew and bacteria. A cleaning solution pH of 11 or more can be dangerous but be sure to remove all the detergent after cleaning.
Search around for a suitable carpet soap that you can use on your carpet or invest a reputable and quality vacuum to help you clean up everyday stains in between your professional cleanings.
A vacuum will help dry up the carpet and the stain and water remnants that remain behind. If you’re taking care of your home carpet you may also apply a no-shoes policy to help prevent people from tracking dirt onto your carpet especially in high traffic areas.
Make sure you also pay attention to check your warranty. Alternatively, your carpet should be getting professionally cleaned every 12-18 months. To get an affordable quote for honest and quality cleaning services contact us today for a stain that simply won’t go away.