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Water Based Stain and Spill Removal Tips for Carpets and Rugs

Whoops! Whether it’s tea, wine, your dinner, a little present from one of your pets or some freestyle painting from your child, whatever is not meant to be on your carpet always ends up there somehow. Here are some of our easy to follow tips on how to treat carpet spills using everyday products you can find around your house.

The first thing you need to know is what type of stain or spill is on your carpet or rug

Identifying the type of stain or spill is important as this will help you deal with it in the correct manner as opposed to making it worse. This can result in it being permanent and even professional cleaning might not get rid of it.

If you feel that you are unable to remove it, don’t have the time or ingredients or simply get in touch with us. As professional carpet cleaners that have professional steam cleaning equipment and special treatments for a nearly as new finish we are best equipped to get your carpets, rugs and even upholstery back to their former glory.

There are 3 main categories for stains, dirt and spills and they are water, special water and fat. Knowing which category your spill is will help you enormously in treating it.

Common water soluble carpet stains and spills

These include most alcoholic drinks like beer, lager and bitters, colas and fizzy soft drinks, berries, excrement, food dyes, gravy, ice cream, jelly, milk and cream, mud, washable ink, wet or latex paint.

These are the most common and are easily identifiable. Bear in mind you may not be there when the accident happened so you may not know immediately what it is, but a quick inspection should hopefully narrow it down to one of our three main categories.

Removing the stain or spill from your carpet or rug

To remove any type of carpet stain or spill just blot the spot with clean paper towels or rags working from the outside towards the centre, rinse thoroughly with clean water, then repeat the process until you are not taking up any more spill or stain. It’s very important to never scrub the carpet, or you risk ruining the carpet fibres or letting the spill soak through to the carpet pad. You will simply be pushing it deeper in to the carpet making it harder to remove.

If its any of the above list then use a simple cleaning solution made up of 1/4 teaspoon of non bleached detergent (or white vinegar) mixed with 32 ounces of water.

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.