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Carpet Stain Removal Does Not Need To Be Tough

The first method of carpet stain removal that will be discussed is carpet stain powders.  Carpet stain powders typically come in a bottle and are to be applied directly onto the affected area.  After you allow the carpet stain powder to absorb onto the stained area for several minutes, you must vacuum up the powder and then rub the stained area with a clean cloth or rag.  Powders can be a highly effective method of carpet stain removal and have been a trusted source of cleaning for many years.

Carpet stains are inevitable.  At one time or another you will be faced with having to remove a stain from your carpet.  Always follow the directions supplied by the carpet manufacturer.  Carpets made from natural fibers or certain dye types may require special treatment.  If you are not sure check with a cleaning professional for help, but for most common stains if you follow these carpet stain removal tips and use the best carpet stain remover you’ll have the stain lifted in no time.

The second method of carpet stain removal is to rent or purchase a carpet shampooer.  These are usually fairly sizable machines and can cost a pretty penny.  The carpet shampooer is pushed over the stained area on the carpet while releasing liquid shampoo.  It then vacuums up and dries the area all in the same motion.  If you pay to have your carpet professionally cleaned, typically a carpet cleaning company will show up with a large carpet shampooer.  This is a highly effective although more expensive method of removing carpet stains.

Stain Removal on carpets can be frustrating at times but there no substitutes for a professional carpet stain remover.  These tips can help and may just save you but if you have any problems or feel that the stain is just a little above your head then don’t hesitate to call Pocka Dola Stain Removal Melbourne to make your life a little easier.  For those of you that are the professionals feel free to post your tips in the comments so we can all benefit from your expertise on carpet stain removal.

The third method is probably the most common tactic for carpet stain removal and it is carpet stain sprays.  There is a vast variety of different brands that produce carpet stain sprays, and some are definitely more effective than others.  Pay attention to the ingredients you are getting in your carpet stain spray as well as the price.  If you truly want to remove a tough stain, it might be worth it to spring the extra few dollars and opt for a high quality carpet stain spray remover.  One can readily find a vast array of different carpet stain sprays at local retailers as well as at online outlets.

Stain removal may deteriorate your carpet, it is probable in fact, that the cleaner being used will prove too aggressive on your carpet.  Also, removing a stain means stressing the carpet fibers.  However, vacuuming your carpet gently at least once a week (or every day, if it is in a high traffic area), will make your carpet more resistant to stress and easier to clean. Best results will be achieved if you sprinkle baking soda before vacuuming the carpet.

If you are planning on being around red wine, keep club soda handy.  The effervescent bubbles help bring the wine to the surface away from the fibers, so that it can be quickly soaked up before it absorbs deeper.  In a pinch, plain carbonated water works almost as effectively and if you’re really desperate 7 UP or Sprite will also do the job pretty well.  This stain removal method works on white wine stains too.  To remove red wine stains from carpet, first gently blot up as much of the stain as possible.  Then pour the club soda or carbonated water onto a sponge.  Sponge the red wine stain carefully.  Then GENTLY dab at the stain with paper towels, absorbent cloth towels, or a sponge.  Don’t press down hard or rub at first because you will push the wine deeper into the carpet.  Also, work from the outside of the stain and blot toward the center to prevent the stain from spreading even more.  Next, use a clean sponge or cloth that is wet with water and just a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid with no added bleach.  Blot it well again.  Finally, go over the area again, this time blotting and rinsing with plain, clean water.  After you can no longer absorb any more liquid easily, then start using more pressure to soak up the red wine stain.  When no more wine appears on the towel or sponge, lay a thick, light colored absorbent towel folded a few times directly over the stain.  Weigh them down with several books, a rock or something heavy.  Check the towel every few hours and replace it as it gets damp.  Let it sit overnight weighted down and keep replacing the towel with a clean, light colored one when it gets damp.  Do this until the towel no longer gets damp and the red wine stain should be gone.

To understand how to remove rust you need to know the simple solution to rust removal – that’s acid.

Don’t get to excited about the word acid.  We eat acidic things all of the time – citrus acid for example.  In fact, nearly all foods that we eat are acidic.  We’ll start our rust stain removal with a mild remedy and work our way up to slightly more aggressive remedies.  We’ll begin with lemons.  Lemons are obviously acidic and will work great on most rust stains.  We want you to follow the regular cleaning methods when applying all of these methods.  To be clear, be sure to always apply solution, agitate with a metal spoon, rinse with cold water, and blot dry.  After applying the lemon liberally onto the rust, agitate the lemon into the carpet fibers with  a metal spoon.  Let the lemon sit for one hour. Then rinse and dry.

Using carpet cleaners to clean carpet stains is fairly easy.

Similar to using home remedies for carpet stains, blot up the spill as much as you can.  Next, spray the spot remover provided by the carpet cleaner manufacturer on the stain and allow it to settle for a while. Do not scrub the area as this will destroy the carpet fibers, blot it gently in a circular motion alternating between clockwise and anti-clock wise for effective stain removal.  Do not forget to rinse the area with warm water as well.

If further stain removal is necessary, try mixing one teaspoon of a neutral detergent – that is a detergent with no bleaches or alkalies – with one cup of lukewarm water and gently blot.  Don’t use hot water or any kind of heat for stain removal.  Heat causes stains to set and will make it more difficult to clean with a kitchen scrubber.  After blotting with the detergent solution, mix one tablespoon of household ammonia to a cup of water and again gently blot until no more of the stain can be lifted.  You can also try sponging the stain with hydrogen peroxide.  Keep in mind, however, that this is a bleaching agent so you may want to test the solution first on a hidden area of your carpet or furniture.  Another home remedy is to make a paste of salt or meat tenderizer and cold water.  Let this sit for 30 minutes and then sponge with cool water.  As with the bleach, test on a hidden area first.

If you want to try some home made wine removal solution, you may consider mixing 1/3 cup of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of water.  Pour vinegar solution on the red wine stain and blot with a clean cloth.  When the stain is lighten, use mild dish washing detergent to blot the remaining stain.  Rinse the soap by spraying some water on the soaped carpet and blot using a dry clean cloth.  Blow dry and brush the carpet to prevent flattening the carpet when it dries.

Another home remedy for ink stain removal is rubbing alcohol; it works better if it is ninety percent isopropyl alcohol.  Regardless of the method used, it is easier if the stain is treated quickly.  The alcohol is applied to a white cotton cloth and then you must carefully blot the stain so that the ink does not spread at all.  Repeat this process until all the ink is out of the carpet.  One tip to note is that you should not pour the alcohol directly onto the carpet.

First and foremost you must identify what you are cleaning before you remove the stain.  Carpet stains can be very challenging to remove depending on a few factors.  Let us first discuss the difference between a spot and a stain.  A spot is the actual residue that you see (ex: food, drinks, etc.).  A carpet stain is what is left over after you remove the spot.  It is an actual pigment change to your carpet.  We are going to make the assumption that you have tried all possible cleaning remedies and have consulted with your carpet cleaning professional before you decide to remove stains.  Carpet stain removal is far from an exact science because there is a bit of trial and error and luck involved.

The first step to any carpet stain removal is to carefully remove any debris that is sitting on top of the carpet.  If it is solid, remove it gently with a paper towel and dispose of it.  Now, if the stain is large you will want to work from the outside and slowly move towards the center.  This prevents the stain spreading further out when cleaning it.  Blot any liquid that is on the surface with a clean, absorbent towel or sponge.  Mix a small amount, ¼ cup, of clear dish liquid (like Dawn dish soap) with 1 cup water into a container big enough to hold this mixture.  Apply this solution directly to a clean cloth and dampen the carpet fibers, but do not soak the carpet.  Blot carpet gently while turning the cloth frequently.  If necessary, use your fingertips to work the solution into the base of the stain.  After applying the mixture, fill a large cup with warm water and carefully pour water onto the treated stain, enough to rinse the dish solution.  After applying water cover the entire spot with an absorbent cloth and apply pressure, long enough to soak up the majority of the liquid, continue the process of blotting and rinsing until all traces of the solution are removed.

It is inevitable that, while training your pet, it will have an accident.  Why, though, should you make the mistake of shelling out for a bottle of stain remover when you can read below for a recipe for your own homemade carpet stain remover!  A note: this recipe is to be used primarily for urine stains.  It may work for others, if you would like to try, but it is for urine stains that this method is written about.  There are many other recipes out there for stains and some of them use ammonia.  The strong smell in urine is ammonia so do not, I repeat do not use ammonia on a pet urine stain as it will only cause further accidents in the area.  If you look around long enough, you will see two major ideas to clean up a pet stains and odours.  One takes peroxide, baking soda, and a vacuum; the other involves vinegar and water.  With this recipe, both methods are combined to ensure full removal of the stain and odour from the area. If the stain is fresh, absorb the excess moisture.  This is best accomplished with paper towels, a diaper, anything with good absorption and (preferably) disposable.  Vinegar counteracts the ammonia smell to prevent further accidents, so make a half vinegar and half water solution.  Work into stain and carpet, blotting up excess moisture.  Once dried, use a vacuum to ensure the carpet is fully cleaned.  Next, apply baking soda on the stain.  Once area is saturated, work in a mixture of hydrogen peroxide (1/4 cup) and (1 tsp) dishwashing detergent (not the kind you put in the dishwasher though).  Work into the carpet, allowing the baking soda to dissolve.  Let it dry, and then vacuum.  Now, you should have a clean and odourless carpet, all with common household items.  This is just one of many homemade carpet stain removers but it is the best for pet urine stains.

Pocka Dola Stain Removal Melbourne on your side. Call us now on (03) 9111 5619 for all your carpet stain removal needs. You’ll be glad you did!

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