Carpet may be one of the most comfortable flooring choices for your home, but it’s also one of the toughest to care for in that it stains far easier than most other surfaces. Carpet often soaks up liquids like a sponge, and strong-colored spills can quickly become a real eyesore that’s extremely difficult to remove. However, don’t despair thinking your carpet is ruined forever: it is possible to get these stains out with a little bit of extra work and the right cleaning tools.
Here are five of the most difficult stains you can have and a few tips on how to remove each of them, even after they’ve dried on or soaked in deep into your carpet fibers!
Kool-Aid or Sugary Drink Stains
Let’s face it, kids are messy, and if you have kids then you likely know just how risky it is to have red or another brightly-colored flavor of Kool-Aid or another sugary beverage in a cup that a child carries around (though, let’s be honest, adults aren’t immune from spilling too). If you experience a stain, blot it with a towel as soon as possible, but do not rub the stain. Mix one-quarter cup of white vinegar with one tablespoon of dish soap in a spray bottle, then fill the spray bottle with water. Spray the area generously and let the mixture soak for up to 10 minutes before blotting the area with a clean, dry towel. If that doesn’t work, a stronger product such as Resolve® carpet cleaner or OxiClean can do wonders for getting the stain out.
Potty-training a puppy or kitten can be a real headache that leaves some serious stains on your carpet, as well as pungent odors in your home. If you find your pet has left a not-so-lovely surprise in the house, don’t panic—you can get rid of the stain and the odor along with it. First, clean up the initial mess, including any debris, using disposable gloves. Blot your carpet without smearing or rubbing to the best of your ability. If you’re quick enough, sometimes you can get the entire stain out this way before it settles in. However, if the stain has already dried, moisten it and then apply a carpet treating product that’s specially-formulated for pet stains. To get rid of the odor, mix a quarter-cup of white vinegar with a quarter of warm water and spritz it on the stain, let it soak, and then blot it dry. Laundry detergent may also work for this.
Coffee can leave carpet looking dingy and downright filthy, and can even be mistaken as an untreated or ignored pet mess. However, treating it doesn’t have to be difficult. Blot the stain as quickly as possible using a clean towel, and make sure you change periodically so you’re not simply spreading the stain around. Then mix one-quarter cup of white vinegar and a tablespoon of gentle, non-bleach detergent in a spray bottle then fill the bottle with water. Spritz the area and let it soak for up to 10 minutes to dig into the stain. If you have polypropylene carpet, it may respond safely to bleach and water. Mix one-quarter cup of bleach with one and one-quarter cup of water in a spray bottle and then spray-test a small area to make sure you won’t further damage your carpet before spritzing the whole area, letting it soak, and then rinsing with warm water and blotting it dry.
Whether an accident has caused an injury or a simple, unexpected nosebleed has caused blood to drip onto your carpet, blood is a particularly difficult stain to work with. As with other stains, quick reflexes help, however, blood is a little bit different because of the nature of the substance. For starters, blood coagulates with heat, so you’ll actually have an easier time removing this substance using cold water. Fill a spray bottle with two teaspoons of a grease-fighting dish soap mixed with cold water and spray the stain generously. Let it soak and then rinse it with cold water and dab it dry. Repeat as necessary until the stain disappears. OxiClean® is a great cleaner in that it oxygenates heavy stains like blood and makes them easier to remove, but be sure to mix it with cold water and stir it vigorously.
For many people, ink is seen as the most destructive force against carpet. However, you can fight it if you’re quick enough. Dampen a clean, white cloth with isopropyl alcohol and dab it on the stained carpet. In this case, the higher concentration of the active ingredient, the better. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes and then use a liquid-friendly vacuum to dry the area. You may need to treat the spot multiple times in order to ensure the entire stain gets removed, so have some patience. If you don’t have isopropyl alcohol, most vinegars and even some higher-proof white wines or nail polish remover will do the job: you just need something with a high alcohol content to lift ink’s bonding properties.The skilled Manassas and DC cleaning staff at Elite Cleaning Services, LLC can help make sure floors remain clean and spotless! Contact us today by dialing (888) 627-1497 to schedule your appointment or request a quote for all your home cleaning needs.