How to Deal with Carpet Stains & Odours
Tips & Tricks to deal with Stains and Odours in your carpets
The best way to keep your carpets clean and looking fresh is to have them professionally deep cleaned every 6-12 months.
The frequency should be increased if you have kids or pets or entertain a lot in your home.
In between regular deep cleanings, there are some tips and tricks that can help you when you come across those inevitable spills and stains on your carpets or upholstery.
Please take note though, that any cleaning solution you try below should first be tested on a small section of your carpet to ensure no damage will be caused from the solutions.
For those really tough stains and odours though, it would be best to wait for a professional carpet cleaner to help you as they would know the best techniques and cleaning solutions for your carpet type.
1. General Carpet or upholstery Stains
Remove stains with Vinegar and a hot iron:
Many stains can be removed with a simple solution of water and vinegar (use a 3:1 ratio).
Let the mixture sit on the stain for a few minutes. After the solution has settled into the stain for a few minutes, BLOT the stain and place a towel on top of the spot.
Then, use a heated iron to iron on the towel over the spot. The heat will cause the stain to transfer onto the towel.
Remember to dab or blot the stain, and not rub it. Rubbing can cause stains to spread.
2. Blood Stains
Hydrogen peroxide to remove blood stains:
Loosen dried up blood with water mixed with some detergent. Then scrape off as much blood from the fibers as possible with a butter knife.
To remove the residual blood stains, apply hydrogen peroxide directly onto the stain. You should expect to see it bubble and foam when it contacts the blood.
After a few minutes, blot up the stain with some towels.
3. Oil Stains & Pet Odours
Baking Soda to mask pet odours and get rid of oil stains:
When you get oils in your carpets, simply dabbing the stain with water won’t get rid of them.
Apply baking soda liberally to the area, allow it to absorb and dry, then vacuum it up. You’ll be left with a lighter stain at which point you can then blot the stain with the vinegar/water solution mentioned in the first point above.
Baking soda also helps mask odors from pet accidents. Treat the same way you would oil stains.
4. Nail Polish
Remove Nail polish with Rubbing Alcohol:
Wait until the nail polish dries and chip off as much as you can with a blunt tool like a butter knife.
Then gently dab the spot with a towel soaked with some rubbing alcohol until the nail polish dissolves.
5. Skid or Dirt Marks
Shaving cream gets rid of skid or dirt marks:
It’s easy to see dirt patches or skid marks on lighter carpets or high traffic areas. An easy way to get rid of these is to use shaving cream. Any kind will do.
Just let it sit on the stains for a few minutes, then use a sponge to blot it out
6. Stuck Gum & Carpet Impressions from Furniture
Ice cube trick on carpet impressions and gum:
Are you moving heavy furniture around? Do you see the indents in your carpets and don’t know how to get carpet to fluff back up?
Place a regular ice cube in these dents and let them melt. Afterwards, blot the excess water then place a towel on top and iron it until it’s dry.
Once the fibres are almost dry, you can fluff them by hand.
Ice cubes are also a great way to help get rid of gum on carpets. Soft sticky gum on carpets are hard to deal with. Harden it first with ice, then scrape it off with a spoon.
7. Wine Stains
Wine stains gone with club soda and vinegar:
Club soda can help remove wine and beer stains from carpets.
First pour club soda onto a towel and blot the stain. If the stain persists, then spray a solution of white vinegar and water (1:1 ratio) onto the stain and let it soak in for about 15 minutes.
Then use a sponge and dab the area until the stain is gone. Once the stain is gone, brush the carpet then lay paper towels over the spot overnight and weigh them down with something heavy so the towels absorb all the moisture from the carpet.
8. Hairs & Crumbs in carpet
Use a Lint roller:
Ever feel like your vacuum cleaner just isn’t good enough?
Does it seem like there’s always stray hairs or crumbs that are still left or caught in the carpet fibres after you’ve cleaned?
A simple solution is to take out your lint roller and grab those things up in a matter of minutes and will save you the headache of going over the same areas over and over with that vacuum that just doesn’t seem powerful enough.
9. Pet Hair
Squeegee your sofas:
Do you have pets that shed a lot? A Squeegee is great for gathering all the hairs on your sofa quickly.
Wet your squeegee and go over the surface of your sofas as you would a window. It will collect the small hairs that you can quickly gather and throw away.
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