The ultimate guide to dealing with carpet stains

The ultimate guide to dealing with carpet stains


Posted 10th January

Signing up to stains is essentially part and parcel of having a carpet 

But what can you actually do to deal with them? Well, these tips from Paul Pearce, Technical Director of The National Carpet Cleaners Association (NNCA), who has partnered with United Carpets and Beds, could be just what you need...

Coffee and wine

Start by using kitchen towel to soak up as much liquid as you can. Apply pressure and then either turn or replace the towels as you see fit. It can be helpful if you apply more water through a small plant sprayer too, prior to repeating the blotting process. Once this is done, use a mixture of carpet shampoo and water through the hand sprayer and then blot as required. Then, leave six to eight sheets of kitchen towel on top of the carpet to let it dry overnight. Finally, remove them and give your carpet a vacuum.

Blood

It can be a complex process to remove blood, and frankly, it often ends up with homeowners calling in professionals to make the area clean and safe.

If you do get a small amount of blood on your carpet, dab some cold water on it to get rid of as much as possible. Cold water in a hand sprayer can be used on the blood, prior to repeating the blotting process. It's now time to use a dilution of carpet shampoo and water, before starting the process again.

Mud

Let the mud dry before going over it with a vacuum cleaner. If there's residue left, use a dilution of carpet shampoo and water it through the hand sprayer. Then, blot and repeat as required. Leave six to eight sheets of kitchen towel on top of the wet carpet and then let it dry overnight. Lastly, remove them and give the carpet a vacuum.

Food (sauces, chocolate etc)

It's very possible that these stains will be a combination of oil and water. Start by getting rid of any excess food by using a blunt knife or spoon, before vacuuming. Then, blot it with some white spirit to get rid of any oil-based stains, prior to applying some diluted carpet shampoo and, again, blotting as much as you can. Then, repeat. Leave six to eight sheets of kitchen towel on the area of carpet, and let it dry overnight. Then, after removing the towels, give your carpet another vacuum.

Pet mess

Soak up as much of the liquid as you can by using absorbent towels, before applying pressure. Make sure you turn or replace them on a regular basis. A solution of two parts white vinegar and two parts water can then be mixed in a hand sprayer before being applied to the carpet, then return to the blotting process. Once this is done, use a dilution of carpet shampoo and water through the hand sprayer, and blot away again. Make sure you put six to eight sheets of kitchen towel on the stain and leave it overnight, before finally removing the towels and giving the carpet a vacuum.

Cosmetics

This can be a tricky one - after all, some are oily, some will be water-soluble, and some will be a mixture of both. Add some white spirit or surgical spirit to a clean white towel and give it a blot. Then, turn or change the towel as required. If the stain seems to be persisting, you can go on with a dilution of shampoo and water as required.

Oily stains

Treat with white spirit, apply them to cloth and repeat as necessary. However, remember that if you over-apply the solvents, it can wear away the backing of the carpet, so make sure you're careful.






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