3 Carpet Stain Removal Tips
Everybody has had to deal with a carpet stain at some point. We’re only human after all and we’re very prone to spilling things. But removing a stain from your carpet is no joke. It can be one of the most frustrating tasks to tackle on your own. Part of the difficulty comes because different types of stains require different attention. The good news is, there are specific methods for treating different types of stains on your carpet. Here are some proven tips from the carpet cleaning pro’s at John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County.
When we say water-soluble stains we mean stains from things like latex paint, blood, vomit, chocolate, and beverages. These stains are probably some of the easier ones to remove. Try using a simple cleaning solution but remember to try it on a small part of the stain first to ensure it doesn’t cause discoloration. Here’s an example of DIY cleaning solution that should do the trick.
Try mixing 1 tablespoon ammonia with 1 cup of water, or ¼ teaspoon of white vinegar with 32 ounces of water to treat these stains. However, try a mild detergent with warm water instead for a wool or wool-blend carpet.
Wax & Oily Stains
Wax and gum are a little bit more tricky and sticky. Plenty of people have ripped holes in their carpet trying to remove it. A good practice is to place ice on top of the stain to freeze it and then pick it out with a blunt knife. You may also try covering the stain with a paper towel then ironing over it on a warm setting.
Lightly cover the area with rubbing alcohol for glue spilled on the carpet, then wipe it away gently. For nail polish, use a rag dipped in a small amount of nail polish remover. Just test an area of your carpet first to make sure it doesn’t discolor the fibers.
Pet Urine Stains
Pet urine is a whole new ball game in the carpet stain world. The sooner you react to these the better. When pet urine settles it forms odorous crystals that can be nearly impossible to remove completely. Try your best to absorb the stain completely and use a homemade or storebought cleaner to remove it. Remember that in order for pet stains and their associated odor and dust to be removed completely, you’ll need to schedule professional pet urine and odor removal treatment at least once each year.
Carpet Stain Removal in Bellingham, WA
Even if you do an excellent job taking care of surface stains on your own, be sure to schedule your Chem-Dry carpet cleaning at least once every year. We can help you keep your carpets free from stains as well as harmful allergens and dust. We can also apply a specially formulated carpet stain protectant to more fully shield your carpet from future stains.