Tips and tricks for removing old carpet stains for good!
It’s common sense that when stains happen in your carpets or upholstery, that they need to be dealt with as soon as they happen, or it gets pretty difficult to take them out.
But, what if your eyes aren’t as keen as they used to be and you missed a spot? Or, what if you’ve just moved to a new house and you discover some stains that were never dealt with?
What do you do? And how do you deal with them?!
What if you have no idea what caused the stain or how old they are, and don’t know what kind of carpet cleaner to use to best get rid of those stains?
Fear not! This article will provide you with some tried and true techniques that have worked for us. Read on for some common tips on how to get rid of those stubborn old carpet stains.
The main thing to note is that you’ll want to rehydrate the stains to bring them back to life and then use a compatible carpet cleaner to remove it. (Assuming you know what type of stain it is)
1. Identify the Stain
The first step to getting rid of stains is to identify what caused the stain.
If you’re not sure what kind of stain it is, use your best judgement and most likely you’ll probably be right. If the problem still persists, then that’s when you’ll probably want to bring in the big guns! (aka, call your local professional carpet cleaning company to come in and do the job right)
But, let’s try and see if we can resolve the issue for you here first. You can pretty much narrow the stains down to 3 categories:
2. Plan your mode of attack
Now that you’ve identified what type of stain it is. You’ll want to gather the relevant cleaning solutions and other cleaning arsenal together:
Mask - Some stains (like vomit or urine) will give off offending odours, so you’ll definitely want to mask up to block the airborne pathogens that will be released into the air as soon as you rehydrate the stains
Latex gloves - you definitely don’t want to be touching the nasty stains with your bare hands, so protect yourself by using gloves or even a plastic bag over your hands as you clean
Spray bottle - the amount of cleaning agent you use shouldn’t be a whole lot. You definitely don’t want to saturate your carpets with it. You also don’t want to be using too much to rehydrate the stains either. Using a spray bottle will help you maintain control over how much cleaning solution you get on the carpet.
The last thing you want is for the carpet's padding to get soaked through which can become a breeding ground for mold.
Microfibre cloth - you’ll need this to blot out the stains as you’re cleaning. When dealing with stains or other messes in your carpets, it’s always best to blot, never to scrub! Scrubbing your carpets could lead to damaging and fraying your carpets.
3. Decide which cleaning agents to use
Water soluble stains - use a cleaning solution mixture of 1 part water and 1 part vinegar in a spray bottle. The vinegar works particularly well at fighting the ammonia in urine. For particularly tough stains, you may want to add a few drops of dish detergent to the mixture as well.
Grease stains - sprinkle baking soda over the stain, then spray with a cleaning solution consisting of 1 cup white vinegar, ½ cup hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of Dawn dish soap
All other stains - mix 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of ammonia. However, if you have wool carpets, then use a mixture of 1 part bleach to 5 parts water. One thing to note, NEVER mix bleach with anything other than water; it can mix with other chemicals and become toxic.
4. Get rid of the stains
Start by rehydrating the stain by spraying the spot with your choice of cleaner from step 3 above. Use a decent amount, but just be sure your carpet isn’t soaking wet!
Let the cleaning solution sit on the stain for a few minutes (approx 20 minutes)
Dip your microfibre cloth into some warm water and start blotting up the damp spot on your carpet.
Use a dry towel to blot up the rest of the moisture and get the carpet as dry as possible. Use a vacuum if you need to get it even more dry.
If the stain remains, spray more cleaning solution and again blot out the stains with a damp cloth, followed by a dry towel to get the spot dry. You’ll want to make sure it’s dry before adding more cleaning solution because you don’t want the spot to get too watered down.
5. Try steaming your carpet yourself
If, after all your cleaning attempts in the step above fail, then you could try “steaming” the spot yourself. All you need is a regular steam iron and some vinegar and water.
6. Call in the professionals
Now if the stains persist even after all your best efforts, then it may be time to call in the professionals.
Sometimes, this might even be your first step in dealing with stains. Professional carpet cleaning companies have the expertise and experience in dealing with all kinds of stains. They will also have the right equipment and cleaning solutions and will know best how to handle the toughest stains.gg
It’s a good idea to get all your carpets and upholstery cleaned every 6 months anyway to maintain the look and longevity of your carpets. Not to mention, you’ll feel so much better after each clean, knowing that your carpets have that deep clean and no nasty build-up of dirt is hidden in the fibres. The quality of your air will be improved too!
We, at Carpet Cleaning Airdrie Pros are always ready to take your call. We have the expertise to deal with all types of carpets and upholstery. We also use non-toxic cleaning solutions to ensure you and your family and pets are safe! Contact us today!
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