You will always stain your carpet no matter how careful you are. This means that you will have to look for the best way out to get rid of the stain. Carpet cleaning can sometimes be a hard task. Those made from natural fibers or special dyes will need special treatment. Here is a look at the most common stains and the tips to get rid of them.
Blood, Catsup, Vomit: When you have these stains on the carpet, dry them up as much as possible and neutralize with ammonia solution of a tablespoon ammonia and ¾ cup of water. Use a spray bottle to saturate the area with the ammonia solution. Ensure the carpet backing is not wet. Take out the moisture with a paper towel. Any mixture you use to clean out a blood stain should be cold.
Mix up a ½ teaspoon of soap with 1-quart water. Apply a small quantity to the spot, blot to work the detergent. Continue with the process until the spot is fully removed. If it is still stubborn, moisten the area with 3% hydrogen peroxide and allow it to stand for 2 hours. Bloat and continue with the hydrogen peroxide treatment until it is lifted.
Fruit juice: Scrap the extra spill up with a dull knife or use a wet vacuum to suck up the juice. In case the spot has already dried, saturate it with water to be able to lift the excess. First, spray the spot and blot it with a paper towel. If this doesn’t completely lift it, apply a small mixture of ½ teaspoon dish soap in 1 quart of water to the area. Use a spray bottle with some clean water to rinse the area.
Crayon, Paint or Makeup: To start off the carpet cleaning process, dry the area with a paper towel to eliminate as much stain as you can. Scrape up what you can with a dull knife and apply some alcohol to a cotton ball then blot. If the paint, crayon or makeup goes deep into the pile, you may have to apply extra. Ensure the backing doesn’t get wet. Apply a small quantity of ½ teaspoon dish soap and 1-quart water solution to the spot. Soak and continue to apply until it is completely removed.
Candle wax: Place a piece of brown paper or cloth towel on the stained area and run a warm iron over it gently. The wax will be absorbed onto the paper. Do away with it and residue with alcohol.
Beer, Wine, Cola, Coffee: When you have wine, beer, coffee or cola stains on the carpet, the first thing you need to do is dry it up with a towel to get rid of as much stain as you can. You can neutralize with a white vinegar mixture comprising of ¼ cup white vinegar and ¾ cup of water. Soak the spot in the solution, blot to get rid of the moisture. If the spot is not lifted, mix a teaspoon of dish detergent into 1 quart of water and apply to the stained area. Rinse with clean water.
Chewing Gum, Contact Cement, or Glue: When you accidentally step on a chewing gum on your carpet, have contact cement or pour glue on it, you first need to take an ice and apply on the spot. In the case of a gum, the ice will freeze it. You can shatter the frozen stain with a blunt object Then vacuum it up.
Chocolate: Scrape of the extra spill with a dull knife. Dry it with a paper towel and neutralize with an ammonia solution. Use a spray bottle to saturate the ammonia solution. Be sure not to wet the carpet backing. Use a white towel to dry excess moisture. If it is persistent, apply a mixture of 1-quart water and ½ teaspoon soap. Blot until the spot is completely removed. Finally, rinse with clean water.
With those tips in mind, carpet cleaning should be a walk in the park. You should be able to clean any stain from your carpet.However, it is important to consult a professional if you are not sure of the type of fiber your carpet is made of. This is just to ensure you don’t end up weakening the fibers of your carpet.