The definitive guide to stain removal

Imagine any of the following on your carpet.  Vomit.  Blood. Red wine. Urine. Spilled.  Smeared. Dribble.   The stuff of nightmares?  Let’s hope now with a few simple stain removal hacks.

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The important thing is to ensure that the stain (whatever it is) does not spread or stick.

A liquid based stain (like the glorious red wine!) will spread – slowly but surely.  A small spot can turn into a stain if you don’t act on it immediately.

If the spill was large it can be absorbed into the carpet fibres.  If left untreated, the stain could start to smell.  The stain can also damage the carpet.

How to remove stains from carpet

Get on top of stains immediately.  Don’t let the stains soak into the carpet fibres.  Here are some useful tips to help you treat stains.

Don’t dig

Digging or scooping can work the stain into the carpet. If there are solids on top of the stain, use a spoon or dull knife to carefully scrape the food toward the middle of the spill and into a white towel and then treat the stain.

Act immediately

If you get to a stain immediately, there’s a 99 percent chance you can remove it. The longer a stain reacts chemically with the carpeting, the harder it is to remove.

Try water

Eighty percent of stains can be removed using plain tap water. To remove a stain, press a clean, dry, white cloth over the stain to absorb the spill. Repeat until the spill is absorbed. Then gently work water into the stain with a damp white towel and blot until the stain is gone. Change cloths when necessary. For a particularly stubborn spot, go to the online “spot solver” resource at The Carpet and Rug Institute (the carpet manufacturers’ trade organization) to find your stain and a suggested solution. Use a fan to dry the area if it’s very wet.

Blot not rub

Scrubbing a stain will damage the fibres and create a fuzzy area. Always blot from the outer edge toward the centre of the stain to avoid spreading the spot and creating a larger problem.

Be patient.  Work slowly and meticulously

Work water gently into the spill and then blot with a dry cloth. Repeat until the stain is gone and all the water has been absorbed. If you’re patient, you’ll almost always be able to remove the stain.

Try vinegar or baking soda

If water alone doesn’t remove a stain, try a white vinegar and water solution (equal amounts) or club soda before trying stronger commercial cleaning products.

Always spot test first

Spot test is a key step in stain removal.  Even homemade solutions must be tested first before you apply on the stain.  Make sure whatever you are using on the carpet is safe and will not damage, discolour or bleach the carpet.

Dry properly

If you are using water to blot and remove stains, the water can easily seeped inside the carpet.  Be sure to dry out the spot carefully.  Blot as much of the water away with paper towels.  Use a fan or a small fan heater.  Test to make sure the spot is 100% dry.

Damp carpets can cause mould growth.  Mould is extremely dangerous for health.  It also damages carpet irreversibly.

Red, red wine

There’s that old tip about pouring white wine onto a red wine stain to neutralise it – but, seriously, why waste the wine? Brush a thick layer of salt into the stain (coarse salt works best) and then dab with cold water after a few minutes.  Repeat until you have removed the stain.

Blood

Apply a generous amount of soap to the stain – shampoo, hand soap or washing-up liquid will all suffice nicely. Dab gently, then rinse. You can also salt the bloodstain, as you would with red wine.  Repeat until the blood is removed.

Soy sauce

Dilute some dishwashing liquid with water and spray it onto the stain, blot it in with a cloth or brush. Rinse with cold water, and dampen with white vinegar.  Blot gently to rinse.  Whatever you do, don’t rub the stain.  Keep the process going until you removed all traces.

Vomit

First, lift the chunks and other excess off the carpet.  Mix a little bicarbonate of soda in water and blot the area with a clean microfiber cloth.  Rinse with clean water.  Repeat until you have properly clean the area.    Make sure you air the area properly to remove any lingering odour.   Vacuum when dry.

Tea and coffee

Mix some soda water or white vinegar in water and dab gently.  Rinse with clean cloths and water.

Curry

Most curries contain turmeric.  Tumeric can stain your carpet yellow so act fast.  Make a simple soda water or white vinegar solution and dab gently on the stain to remove it.

Urine

Cold rinse will fix this problem.  Be sure to repeat until you have remove all the stain and odour.

Makeup

Blot with a clean, damp cloth or tissue to lift off as much oil and grease as possible. Apply some dishwashing liquid to the stain and rinse under cold water.

When to call the carpet man

Sometimes the DIY stain removal may not work and you may have to call a professional carpet cleaner to come and clean it.

It’s time to call in a professional carpet cleaner when:

The stain is extensive

If a large area has been stained, clean lightly with water then call DryTech Carpet Cleaning on their emergency number.

The stain is old

An old stain on the carpet of the home you’ve just moved into?  Don’t mess with an old stain.  You don’t really know what it is, so you can’t really treat it.  Call the experts at DryTech Carpet Cleaning to fix it for you.

There is a lingering odour

Time to call DryTech Carpet Cleaning Sydney for a steam clean and deodorising function.

Does your home have a stain that you cannot get rid of?  Call DryTech Carpet Cleaning for all your stain removal solutions.

DryTech Carpet Cleaning is one of Sydney’s best domestic cleaning and carpet cleaning companies.  For more information about our wide range of services or a free quote call: 0408 578 918 or email: info@drytechcarpetcleaning.com.au

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