If an accident has resulted in a spill on your carpet, never fear. There are some very simple, very effective ways that you can treat it right away to minimise staining. Here at The Wirral Carpet Cleaner we believe that the best carpet stain remover is a natural stain remover; you don’t need harsh chemicals to clean your carpet effectively and, in fact, some chemical cleaners could cause damage. We’re going to give you a few tips for creating the best carpet stain removers from things that you probably already have around the home.
Blot don’t rub
Before we begin listing the best carpet stain removers, a note about technique. It’s very important that you never try to rub away a spill or stain on your carpet. Rubbing can damage the fibres of the carpet and spread the stain. Instead, blot the stain.
Take a clean cloth and blot, working inwards towards the centre of the stain. As often as you need to, completely rinse your cloth with water before blotting again. Then use a dry cloth to blot dry the area.
For some spills this technique works just fine on its own, with nothing more than a little clean, cold water to remove it. However, if you have a tougher stain to remove then read on.
Removing water soluble stains from carpets
Anything that isn’t oily, such as sodas, water based paints, dairy products, mud and excrement can often be removed quite simply.
First, use the above technique of water only to remove as much of the stain as you can. If further treatment is needed you can add a small amount of either white vinegar or washing up liquid to some warm water and repeat the blotting using that.
TOP TIP: Always use light coloured cloths and remember to blot but don’t rub. Even the best carpet stain remover can end up causing extra stains on the carpet if you rub with a dark cloth. The colour could transfer or the rubbing could cause the stain to sink deeper into the bed of the carpet.
Removing tougher water soluble stains from carpets
Some spillages are water soluble but tougher, either because they are more likely to stain, in the cases of red wine and mustard, or because they are more likely to leave a smell, in the case of vomit. Other tough water soluble stains include blood, tea, coffee and chocolate.
On stains like these, you could choose to try adding a tablespoon of ammonia to a cup of water and continuing the blot technique with that. However, do not use ammonia if you have a wool or a wool blend carpet, or if you’re not sure. Ammonia might be one of the best carpet stain removers in some circumstances but it can damage a wool carpet. If yours is wool, stick to washing up liquid or another non-bleach detergent. If that doesn’t work completely – in fact if any of these techniques don’t work completely – there is still no need to panic. You can simply call us and we’ll come and remove the stain for you.
Urine stains are water based but should be treated slightly differently. First, blot dry with a white or light cloth. Then blot with a solution of white vinegar and water. Lastly, wet the patch of carpet with warm water containing a little washing up liquid and blot dry again.
Removing oil and wax based stains from carpets
Oil and fat stains might seem like the worst kind of stain to get on the carpet but actually they can often be quite simple to remove. Just place a paper towel over the stain and iron it. The wax or oil should stick to the towel! Don’t have your iron too hot – warm will do.
And remember, if any of this doesn’t work completely simply give us a call on 0151 601 5274 and we’ll have that stain removed in no time with our carpet cleaning service. The absolute best carpet stain remover is steam and, when you need us, we’ll turn up with our high powered industrial steam cleaner and remove any stains you have, no problem!