How To Get Rid Of Nasty Carpet Stains
A good carpet can significantly change the way your home looks; all you need to do is get the color right. That being said, the manner in which carpets are laid out leaves them highly exposed to all kinds of incidents like scuffing, spilling among others. Undoubtedly, all these incidents can greatly taint your beloved carpet and so it might be a good idea to take a look at a few tips for removing nasty carpet stains.
Carpet Stain Removal Tips: The Basics
When most people accidentally spill soup, coffee, juice etc on their carpets, their first reaction is likely to be cursing or probably even throwing a mini-feat regardless of who might be present in the vicinity. All this is really not necessary because such stains can easily be removed using regular day to day items that most people have lying around the house. Among the most common of these items include an iron box, vinegar and dish washing liquid or detergent.
Generally, the process of getting rid of carpet stains consists of two steps: blotting then rinsing (this of course applies to water-soluble stains). Let’s take the example of a red wine stain. First take a piece of cloth, dip it in a bowl of water mixed with detergent and then press the cloth on the stained part of the carpet for between five and ten seconds. Now withdraw the cloth and wait for about fifteen minutes (the aim here is to weaken the stain by dissolving it).
After the said time has elapsed, dip the cloth in a solution of vinegar and then squeeze it on the stain-for about five seconds. Again withdraw the cloth and wait for about fifteen more minutes. Finally, dip another piece of cloth (a clean one) in warm water and then rinse off the stain; at this point it will easily come off. This particular carpet cleaning technique will not only work for red wine stains but for ketchup, coffee, dark-juice and soda stains as well; the degree of blotting and rinsing will depend on the specific stain.
Dealing With Fatty Stains and Wax
Among the ugliest stains are those caused by fatty and oily substances as well as wax; the funny thing, however, is that these are probably the easiest to get rid of. Carpet stain removal in this case will take no more than five minutes if you have all the necessary items in your house. The first item you will need is something that most, if not all, homes have readily available, and that is an iron box. You will also need some kitchen paper/paper towels or whatever else you prefer to call them.
The procedure in this case is very easy and straightforward; simply place the kitchen towel over the stained portion of the carpet. Plug in your iron and let it warm up for about one minute; now pass it over the paper towel. In a matter of seconds, all the fatty, waxy or oil stains will melt off from the carpet and start sticking on the paper towel and not too long after, they will be no more.
When to Call For Help
As you have seen, carpet stain removal is something that you can do at home without going to too much trouble. However, there are some stains that you might not be able to deal with all by yourself. For example while it might be fairly easy to get rid of a few drops of paint (by soaking them up with paper towels); cleaning a whole can-spill is not going to very easy and more so if you are too busy. In this case, it might be a good idea to call in carpet cleaning experts because they usually have the tools and skills necessary to deal with the problem in the most effective manner possible.
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