We feel comfortable having fresh, and clean carpets all the time, but keeping them pristine is a challenge for homemakers. Taking care of our carpets require careful cleaning to preserve their color, texture, and fiber. We freak out when unexpected staining happens such as soda spill, drops of blood, or when our little kids are messing them up. We tend to grab any cloth in our eagerness to remove them but end up spreading the stain even more. Eradicating stains while preserving the quality of our carpets is an art. Your tool is your strategy in cleaning the stains. Listed below are the 5 worst carpet stains and how to clean them.
Grape juice or Wine stains
Fruit stains can be a gigantic pain to remove. Many wine drinkers and parents are all too familiar with these stains! They seep into carpet fibers quickly with their red or purple colors, often times causing permanent damage. If you experience one, treat the carpet immediately while the stain is still fresh and wet with hydrogen peroxide. After a few minutes, use a spray bottle with a combination of water and cleaner to minimize the damage caused.
An injury from a friend or family member in the home is a tricky situation to address. Blood is very similar to juice stains in that it penetrates quickly and leaves a dark stain after it has dried. Make sure the injured is attended to, and if possible, clean any blood from the affected surface while it is still fresh.
A common occurrence for both residential and commercial customers of ours, coffee stains are another nuisance to deal with. They leave unsightly yellowish/brown stains, and can be tricky to remove. If you have an accidental coffee spill, check to see if vinegar and dishwasher detergent are available, as those can be used to help minimize the damage caused by the stain.
One not-so-lovely quality of pens is their tendency to go haywire at seemingly random times, leaving you (or the floor) with ink everywhere. Another in the list of hard to remove carpet stains, ink stains can destroy carpet if they are not cleaned thoroughly. Our solution for cleaning ink is to chemically pre-condition the spot with ammonia, and then truck-mount steam rinse it after to remove the stain.
Vomit and excrement from a child or animal not only stains your carpet, but can leave a foul, persistent odor! To remove carpet stains of this type, clean up the mess to the best of your ability. Baking soda can help to remove moisture and minimize smell. Chances are, it will require a deep cleaning of the carpet to completely remove all traces of the accident. We recommend treating the carpet with shampoo or another cleaner, which is what we offer for our customers that need pet stains or vomit removed!