Carpet is great for a lot of things. It’s comfortable, warm and stylish – and you can get them in pretty much any colour or style to suit your home. They are also pretty absorbent, which means when you spill things on them, they are also more likely to stain! This is the worst nightmare of many carpet owners, especially when it comes to those hard-to-shift stains like red wine or nail polish. But don’t worry – you don’t have to replace the whole carpet! Today we wanted to look at the top 3 stains your carpet will probably see in its lifetime, and show you how to get them out, or at least minimise the damage!
Basic Stain Removal
As a general rule, the faster you act, the more likely it’ll be that you can actually get the stain out of the carpet. So as soon as you notice it, it’s time to get going. You can start by removing any physical debris or bits from the top of the carpet with a fork or spoon, being careful not to push too hard (as this will press more of the material into the carpet). Next, dab gently at the stain with a damp cloth or a piece of damp, plain, kitchen roll, until all of the moisture has been wicked up. This can take a few minutes, so be patient. Once that’s done, you can treat the area with a carpet stain remover of your choice. This method will work for most normal everyday stains, especially if you catch them quickly.
Now, let’s get onto some of the worst culprits.
Red wine on a cream carpet is such a cliché – but it happens more often than many would like to admit. The old wife’s tales say you should cover the stain with white wine, and it will neutralise it. Well, we’re sorry to say that the only thing this achieves is wasting good white wine. Instead, you need to quickly blot up any excess wine from the carpet right away with either a cloth or some kitchen paper. Make sure you get all of the liquid out of the fibres, so all you’re dealing with is the stain. You can also pour a little cold water onto the spot to draw out more of the stain and dilute it. Keep blotting until no more of the stain will come out. When that’s done, prepare a paste of baking soda and water (3 parts baking soda to 1-part water) and apply it to the stain. Leave it to dry and then vacuum it up. You could also add white vinegar to this mix if you wanted some extra strength.
Wax in any amount can be a bit of a nightmare. Whether you’ve just caught a drip as you move a pillar candle to the table or tipped an entire candle over, it cools quickly and threatens to never come out again. This is the oldest and most trusted of the wax removal methods, this is perfect for getting large or small amounts of wax out of any type of carpet. All you need is some kitchen roll and an iron. Heat the iron up the appropriate setting for the fibres of your carpet (cotton, wool etc). If it’s a polyester carpet it is likely to have a lot of plastic in it, so just going for the highest setting is going to melt your rug, and that we can’t fix! Now place a sheet of kitchen roll over the stain and press the hot iron onto the towel. Let it sit there for a few seconds and then check the kitchen roll. If it has a lot of wax marks on it already, reposition it or grab another sheet. Repeat these steps until all of the wax has been absorbed by the paper towel. If you’re finding the kitchen roll isn’t working, you can use a damp cloth instead. You might want to spray the area with carpet cleaner after you’re finished to avoid any discolouration as well.
We know this is the least pleasant of the bunch, which is why we’ve saved it for last. If you have furry little companions, then they might have the occasional accident on your lovely carpets. It’s one of the things we accept when we bring pets into our home! But as well as potentially staining the carpet, this can also leave a pretty nasty smell. First, let’s tackle the stain. As soon as you spot it, blot up as much as you can with kitchen towel or cloths. Once you’ve got as much as you can, add a few drops of washing up liquid (green is best) and a little water on the area, cover it with a towel and step on it, so that you soak up as much as possible. You might want to wear shoes for this bit! That should take care of the stain, but it may still leave the smell. To get rid of that, sprinkle some baking soda over the patch and let it sit overnight. The next day spray it with some white vinegar, leave it to react for a few minutes (or until it stops bubbling), and then blot it up.
At Floor 24, we want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your carpets and flooring, without having to worry about things like stains. If you find a stain simply won’t budge, or you think your carpet is looking a bit tired, we can help you patch it up, or supply and fit a brand new carpet for your home. To find out more, just get in touch today.