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Carpets are an important part of home décor. A well maintained and fresh looking carpet can give your home a new look. But keeping household carpets looking fine and spectacular everyday can sometimes be quite a task. From pets and kids, to dirt and food spills, carpets stains are a common issue homeowners are faced with. Besides simply wiping off stains from carpet accidents, there are hacks that can come in handy when dealing with such stains. It’s impossible to throw the whole carpet in a washing machine when you are faced with accidents. The least you are expected to know are some Do-It-Yourself tips to treat the stains.
Rounded below are Classique Chem-Dry’s specialised stain removal tips to make your carpets look spotless.
1. Pet Stains
Pets are adorable but the same cannot be said about the stains they leave on carpets when they have accidents. As soon as you discover your pet has soiled the carpet, clean it right away. If the patch of carpet area is still wet, blot it with a clean towel. You could use a paper towel to do this. The faster you attend to the accident, the better it is as this prevents absorption into carpet material. Mix a few drops of dishwashing soap with half a mug of warm water and 1/8 cup of white vinegar. Dab clean the affected area. Vinegar acts as a disinfectant and helps break down the uric acid, keeping your carpets odour free. A solution of ammonia mixed with water also helps to get rid of pet stains from carpets.
2. Ink and Dye Stains
Ink or dye stains on a carpet can be very upsetting and can take your home decor from ‘wow’ to ‘eww’. But with a few stain removal tips, you can tackle the issue.
If bleach is safe to use on the fabric, a 1/4th cup of bleach diluted in water should be the perfect aid to remove dye and ink stains. Another handy tip to get rid of frightening coloured stains from carpets is to mix a scoop of Carbona Color Run Remover in hot water and soak the affected area in the preparation. Stir the affected area occasionally in the liquid, rinse thoroughly with warm water. You could also try blotting the carpet stain with rubbing alcohol. If the stain persists, call a professional carpet cleaning company for help.
3. Oil Stains
It’s common to have oil stains on your carpets, especially when it’s the holiday season and you have guests at home. Blot oil stains with a paper towel until it has been absorbed. Use rubbing alcohol with a washing cloth to treat the stain. Make sure you pat on the stain. Don’t vigorously scrub the stain as it will only worsen it. You could also use a mixture of liquid dishwasher and water on the stain, but make sure the dishwasher brand you use has no lanolin and bleach.
4. Red Wine Stains
Blot away the spilled red wine stain right away. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get the stain out of the carpet. While blotting, use cold water. Dabbing the stain will take out most of the stain from the carpet, but may still leave a little faint of the stain. Covering the affected area with a generous portion of salt will also help with the stain. Salt helps to draw out the moisture from the stain. Keep in mind that this hack is effective only when the stain is wet. You may have to wet a dried stain with water. Using Hydrogen Peroxide and white vinegar on a red wine stain is also known to be helpful.
5. Chocolate Stains
Whether a chocolate lover or not, your carpets may at one point get affected with stubborn chocolate stains. Like with all carpet stains, acting quickly is the best thing to do. If the chocolate is dried, scrape it with a butter knife and vacuum the flakes. Cover the stained area with clean paper towels and iron over with a clothing iron. Make sure to set the iron temperature to the lowest. The chocolate stains should stick to the paper towel and leave your carpet looking good as new. You could use household stain removers too to treat deep and dark stains from chocolates. Be sure to use only mild chemicals to avoid agitating carpet fibres.
6. Blood Stains
Sponge blood stains with a clean towel and mild detergent. Never use fragrant scented detergents and cleaning solutions when treating blood stains. Use cold water while you sponge out the stains. Repeat and blot dry.
7. Candle Wax
Candle wax can make carpets look like a hopeless mess. But these few tips can help you restore your carpets back to normal. Use a butter knife to scrape off the wax from the carpet and vacuum off the remains. Place a damp towel over the wax affected area and iron over with medium heat. The wax should come off effortlessly.
These stain removal tips should help you keep your carpets looking new and fresh all day long.
For expert stain removal services, contact Classique Chem-Dry on 1800 213 006.