Valentines Day stains - how to get them out?
Valentines is the season of love and you’ve probably got something grand planned for your special someone! Perhaps some wine, candles, a delicious meal and of course who can forget, chocolates?!
But, have you ever had a time where things didn’t quite turn out the way you had planned?
Maybe you had a few too many drinks and ended up spilling some wine on your favorite armchair or carpeting.
Maybe you accidentally knocked over some candles as you were nervously setting the dinner plates for your sweetheart and now you have some candle wax stuck on your table cloth or floors?
Or perhaps you have some rambunctious kids who got into your chocolate stash and then ran their sticky fingers all over your furniture.
Whatever the scenario, here are some tips to turn those disastrous stains into a forgotten thing of the past.
Removing chocolate stains from carpet:
Like all stains, it’s best to deal with chocolate stains as quickly as possible. The reason is that these kinds of stains set with time and heat and can be very difficult to remove if left too long.
The first thing you want to do is remove as much excess chocolate as you can with a dull knife. Next, place an ice cube over the stain to harden the remaining residue to make it easier to remove.
Then take a damp cloth with a little bit of dish soap and blot it into the stain. Try not to rub too hard, but you do want the soap to get worked into the fibres a bit. Leave for 5 minutes, then take a clean damp cloth and gently blot away until all detergent and chocolate have been wiped away.
Be sure not to leave any soap behind as it can actually attract more soil to the area. Let it dry completely, and then vacuum over the area.
How to remove chocolate stains from upholstery:
The same steps apply for removing chocolate stains from upholstery, as it is for carpets. You’ll want to take off as much excess as you can with a dull knife, then go through the same steps of using a damp cloth with a little bit of dish soap to blot out the stains. Be sure to work from the outside of the stain to the centre.
How to remove wine stains from carpet:
Nothing is worse than having to deal with dark red wine stains on your carpets, especially if you have light coloured carpets or furniture!
As long as you can deal with the stains immediately, you’ll probably be in good shape to get most, if not all, of it out.
Blot the stain immediately with a damp cloth and try to soak up as much of the wine as you can.
Mix 2 parts hydrogen peroxide to 1 part dish soap and dip your cloth into this mixture. Before you apply it on the carpet, be sure to test it on a small section of carpet that’s not typically seen (like in your closet) to make sure it won’t discolour the fabrics of your carpet.
If you’re good to go, then start blotting the stain with this solution until the stain is gone.
If the mixture does happen to discolour your carpets, then try mixing some water with baking soda to make a paste. Leave that paste on the stain for a couple of hours and then blot away with a damp cloth.
How to remove candle wax from carpet:
Luckily, there are a couple methods you can use to get candle wax out of carpeting. The first method involves placing a damp towel over the wax then using an iron (on high setting) on top of the towel for a few seconds.
The heat should draw the wax slowly out of your carpet so you can then scrape it off with a dull knife or spoon. If there’s any residue left behind, you can take a cloth with some rubbing alcohol to blot it out. Be sure to test it on a small section of carpet to ensure it doesn’t discolour your carpets first.
The other method is to freeze the wax. You can place some icecubes in a bag and hold it over the wax until it hardens. Then break it apart with a blunt object.
One thing we do advise is to make sure you get your carpets cleaned at least once a year by a professional carpet cleaner. You’ll see a world of difference when you have that annual deep clean done on your carpets and upholstery, especially if you weren’t completely successful at getting rid of all the above stains!
We hope you have a Happy Valentines Day and that you won’t have to deal with any of the above mishaps!
At Carpet Cleaning Airdrie Pros, we are passionate about carpet & upholstery cleaning.