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How to Remove Common Stubborn Carpet Stains

How to Remove Common Stubborn Carpet Stains 21 Nov

Blot the spot or place a towel over the stain and stand/walk on it.

Dry the stain by working from the outside in, rinse thoroughly with clean water, and blot again. Try not to scrub the carpet, you may risk ruining the carpet fibres or you penetrate the spillage/liquid/fluid through to the carpet pad.

Type of spillage:

Alcoholic beverages Berries Coca cola

Excrement Gravy Ice cream Jelly Milk Mud

Food dyes Washable ink Wet or latex paint Make up a cleaning solution made up of 1/4 teaspoon of non-bleach detergent (or white vinegar) mixed with 950ml of water

 Type of spillage: Chocolate Coffee Tea Vomit Wine Blood Mustard

Make up a cleaning solutions of 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed with 235ml of water (but not on wool or wool-blend carpet; use a use mild detergent and water for this). If that fails to work try one part chlorine bleach to five parts water, but only on solution-dyed carpets, i.e polypropylene. Bleach will ruin other types of carpets; if you are unsure what type of carpet you have please check with the manufacturer




Lay a paper towel over effected area and iron over the paper towel on a low setting. The fat, wax or oil should come up off the carpet onto the paper towel. Cigarette Burns Gently rub the carpet with the edge of a hard and flat surface, such as a blunt knife. Glue Moisten a cotton wool pad with rubbing alcohol and press / dab it on the area. Once the residue has moistened, gently wipe it off and repeat.

Wax or Gum freeze the wax or gum with ice, then shatter it with a blunt object, i.e. A spoon. Vacuum before the pieces soften, dab the carpet with a paper towel. Nail Polish Dab the area with a cloth dipped in nail polish remover.

Pet stains

If your pet has urinated on the carpet or left you a nasty surprise – Avoid using ammonia based products to clean dog or cat’s urine. The urine contains ammonia and he/she may well be encouraged to re-offend in the same area.  Remember, your dog or cat’s sense of smell is a hundred times better than yours so try the below:

Paper Towels

Cleaning product which is non-toxic disinfectant preferably Hydrogen Peroxide (check the label as some cleaning products contain pet attracting ammonia)

White Vinegar

Water Baking Soda

Cleaning pet stains from your carpet (solid):

 Wearing rubber/protective gloves, pick up the faeces with a paper towel.

Once the area is free of solid faeces that can be easily removed, spray the area with a non-toxic disinfectant and blot dry with paper towels. Once it is a dry as possible run over the area with a vacuum cleaner to remove any tiny particles.

 Removing the pet stain smells

 Make up a solution of 50/50 distilled white vinegar and water and spray liberally. If you haven’t a spray bottle to hand, dabbing the area with a cloth that has the solution on it will be fine. Absorb excess moisture with a dry white rag or paper towel.

Cover the area with a generous helping of baking soda and work it into the carpet with your fingers.

Allow to dry, preferably overnight..

When the baking soda is dry vacuum it up.

Your carpet will smell sweet and fresh with no hint of pet odour.

 Ongoing Maintenance

Even if you don’t have any spillages or accidents, you should always have your carpets thoroughly cleaned every 12 to 18 months. If you decide to do it yourself rather than hire a professional, you need to keep a few things in mind. • Ensure the cleaning machine you use has enough vacuum power to allow the carpet to dry within 6 – 12 hours, otherwise you may risk your carpet being damaged as a result of getting too wet. • Use fans or a dehumidifier to speed up the drying time after cleaning. If your carpet is wet for more than 24 hours, you run the risk of mildew and bacteria growth. • You should choose a cleaning solution that has a pH of 10 or less, and ensure all detergent is removed after cleaning. • Check your warranty. Carpets with stain resistance should be cleaned with products formulated and suitable for them or you risk damaging their effectiveness and voiding your warranty.

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