Special water based stain and spill removal tips for carpets and rugs
Ooops! Whether it’s juice, soup, a little surprise from your pets or some modern art painting from your kids, whatever is not meant to be on your carpet often ends up there no matter what you do. Here are some of our easy to follow tricks on how to deal with difficult carpet accidents that stain using everyday products you can find around the home.
First up thing you need to know is what sort of stain or spill is on your carpet, upholstery or rug
Knowing the type of spill or stain is crucial as this will help you deal with it in the most beneficial manner as opposed to making the problem worse. This can mean it ends up being almost impossible to eliminate and even a commercial carpet cleaning company and their specialised equipment might save your carpet or rug.
If you feel that you just can’t remove it, don’t have the motivation or ingredients then simply get a carpet cleaning company that has professional steam and dry cleaning equipment and unique chemicals for a back to nearly new finish.
There are 3 main categories for spills, stains and dirt and they are water, special water and fat. Identifying what category your stain is in will help you a great deal when trying to get rid of it.
Special Water-Soluble Stains that are more difficult to remove
- Tea (black or with milk / cream)
- Coffee (black or with milk / cream)
- Red wine
The reason the above list is deemed “special” water based stains is because they contain more staining pigments. So while you might be able to remove the original spill completely, you will likely have a discoloured area of carpet or rug due to the strong coloured pigments these types of liquid carry.
Removing the stain or spill from your carpet or rug
Use 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed in with 1 cup of cold water (this is not for Wool or a Wool Blend carpet; instead use mild detergent and water as for normal water based stains). If that doesn’t work, you can try one part bleach or chlorine to five parts water, but only on solution-dyed carpets, such as polypropylene. Bleach will harm other types of carpets so check with the manufacturers instructions or your carpet fitter. If you are unsure what type of carpet you have then please contact a professional carpet cleaning company.
To help remove any type of mess on your carpet you should always blot the spot with clean paper towels or rags starting from the outside in if the spill is fresh as this will help take up the most volume of contaminant and it will also help stop it spreading. It’s very important to never scrub the carpet, or you risk damaging the carpet fibres, pushing the stain further into the pile or letting the spill soak through to the carpet pad making it more difficult to remove.
Depending on the amount of spillage, your carpet and the time it has been there, this may or may not do the trick so if it’s not enough then give us a call if you are anywhere in Melbourne.