Carpet Cleaning Tips To Remove These 9 Toughest Stains
Maintaining carpets is a challenging task. In fact, it may seem virtually impossible to keep them in perfect condition. But when you’re faced with harsh stains like paint, blood, pet urine, and more, take heart in knowing Chem-Dry can help with industry-leading carpet cleaning in Lakewood, Washington.
And to keep your floors in good shape between our visits, here are some pro tips for getting rid of the 9 most common—and frustrating—carpet stains.
#1 – Blood
Act fast by first using cold water to thoroughly rinse the stained area. Next, gently treat the stain using a solution of 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid and cold water. A store-bought stain remover like Oxi-Clean is also effective for removing blood stains on carpet, clothing, and various other fabrics.
#2 – Ink
Dab the stain with a clean cloth that’s been dipped in isopropyl alcohol. Remember not to scrub too hard, but rather gently blot the area. Test a small patch of your carpet first to make sure there isn’t any discoloration prior to working out the stain. Rinse the area with cool water then vacuum when finished. Nail polish remove may also work well on ink stains.
#3 – Pet Stains And Odors
Gently blot or pick up as much of the stain as you can first without scrubbing too hard or smearing it deeper into the carpet. Try a speciality cleaning solution that contains ammonia and specifically states on the label that it’s safe for pets. You can also make your own solution using warm water and vinegar and sprinkling baking soda on the stain.
To remove pet stains and odors completely, be sure to schedule a professional pet urine odor removal treatment at least once every year.
#4 – Water Soluble Carpet Stains
For stains like wine, chocolate, or vomit, try making your own solution then test a small area of your carpet first to make sure there’s no discoloration. A mixture of 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon ammonia or 5 parts water and 1 part chlorine bleach generally work well. For wool-blend carpet, use gentle soap and water only.
#5 – Oil, Fat, Gum, Or Wax On Carpet
Place ice over the stain to harden gum or wax, then chip it away using a blunt knife and vacuum away the excess. For fat, wax, or oil, place a paper towel over the stain then iron over it. The stains should absorb into the towel.
#6 – Glue
Press rubbing alcohol onto the stain using a cotton ball or dry cloth. When the glue is wet, wipe it away using a soft towel.
#7 – Coffee
First, absorb as much of the moisture as you can by blotting it with a towel. Next, apply a cleaning solution made of 1 ¼ cups water and ¼ cup bleach. Rinse the area then vacuum dry. If your carpet is discolored by bleach, schedule professional stain removal to treat your carpet.
#8 – Latex Paint Or Washable Ink
Apply a small amount of cleaning solution containing ¼ teaspoon white vinegar and 32 ounces of water to the area, then repeat until the stain is gone.
#9 – Dyes, Alcoholic Drinks, Cola, And Other Food
Make your own cleaning solution containing white vinegar or buy a specialty stain remover from your local market. Oxi-Clean or Resolve generally work well for these types of stains.
Carpet Cleaning In Lakewood, Washington
If you’re having trouble removing carpet stains completely, Green Leaf Chem-Dry can help. We look forward to serving you with various options, including carpet stain removal, green-certified carpet cleaning, pet urine odor removal treatment, and more.