Not matter how protective you are of your carpeted areas, demanding sock-clad feet and refusing admittance to guests bearing snack foods and wine glasses, inevitably accidents happen and you will face a sticky, gooey or grubby spill. There are a mind-boggling array of retail products and “tried-and-true” home recipes for stain removal agents depending on the source of your grievance and the carpet fibres to be treated. Lucky that regardless of the stain or rug, the general removal technique remains the same.
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As insurance against life’s little accidents, it is recommended to test the colourfastness of a few of the cleaning products you may wish to use on an inconspicuous area of the carpet or rug. To perform the test, dampen a cloth with the cleaning solution and leave it rest on the carpet for an hour, if there is colour from the carpet on the cloth after this time, test another product until you find one that doesn’t make the carpet bleed.
Hopefully you were at home when the mishap occurred so that you could treat it immediately, otherwise your likelihood of removal success will be diminished by a dried in stain. If there is any dirt, debris or muck present, you will need to vacuum it up or dispose of it first. Whip out the hoover or some rubber gloves and pick up as much of the spill as you can. If there is gum, it is best to place a zip-lock bag filled with ice over it first, then chip it off the carpet surface with a spatula after it has hardened.
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Once removed, if the stain is damp, blot repeatedly with a white cloth to soak up the liquid. Never rub at the stain as this will only spread it wider and push it into the carpet fibres. When the stain has mostly been absorbed, use another cloth in your chosen cleaning solution and dab repeatedly, then press and hold the cloth on the stain for a few seconds. Take care not to over-wet the stain as this can damage the carpet backing. Wait 15 minutes for the cleaning solution to break down the stain then soak up the excess liquid by blotting with a dry white cloth. Using another damp cloth, blot the excess detergent away from the stain then wait another 15 minutes for the carpet to dry.
Ideally, your stain will be starting to fade away into a distant memory. If this isn’t the case, you can repeat the process, starting with the detergent. Some stubborn stains might require repeated attention and others might just be beyond the powers of retail cleaning products and purported magic potions.
To prevent against carpet staining it is advisable to maintain the condition of your carpet with regular cleaning. There are some affordable home carpet cleaning tools in the marketplace, but they all use a messy hot-water extraction technique which will leave your carpets soggy for up to 24 hours. Alternatively, professional grade cleaners can be hired, but once the required cleaning products have been been purchased this can get quite pricey. If you’re still in a spot of bother, Count on Clean are a trusted professional cleaning service who specialize in carpet cleaning and are always there to help with stubborn stains or well worn marks.