Removing tough stains from your carpet can be difficult, to say the least. You could always call in a professional carpet cleaning team, but this isn’t always necessary with minor stains. However, immediate treatment is essential.
If you don’t treat tough carpet stains immediately, you could run into all sorts of problems. As you can imagine, dark stains on pale carpets – or vice versa – look terrible.
In this article, we’ve put together a complete guide to removing tough stains from your carpets without having to use toxic chemicals. Good luck and remember, there’s no harm in giving your local carpet cleaners a call if you’re having trouble.
Make Sure You Deal With Stains Immediately
Of course, it’s tempting to leave that red wine stain until the next morning or to treat your pet urine stains when you have more time after work. However, doing so is a recipe for disaster.
Tough stains will bind to your carpet over time, which means that they need to be removed as soon as possible. We highly recommend treating all stains immediately using the methods outlined below.
Note that different types of stains will require different treatment, so this guide is quite general. Do some research before treating any stain, otherwise you will probably just end up making the problem worse.
- Remove Any Physical Debris Immediately
The first thing you will need to do is remove any physical debris with a spoon or fork. This is especially true in the case of food spills or pet faeces stains.
When you’re doing this, you will need to be careful to make sure that you don’t force the stain further into your carpet. Use a scooping motion, but don’t apply any more downward pressure than necessary.
- Blot the Area Dry
The key word here is blot. Use a clean paper towel or rag and use a gentle blotting motion to soak up as much liquid as possible. Don’t scrub the area or push too hard, or you will again force the stain deeper and make it harder to remove.
- Use Some Sort of Stain Remover Solution
Once you’ve removed as much liquid from the area as possible, you will need to use some sort of stain remover solution. This will vary according to the type of stain you’re dealing with, so make sure you’re careful.
In many cases, a simple mixture of vinegar and warm water will be enough to get rid of carpet stains. However, you might need to use a commercial stain remover for very tough problems.
- Cover With Baking Soda and Vacuum Clean
Finally, once the area is dry, you will need to cover it with baking soda, work it into the carpet a little and then vacuum the area dry. If this doesn’t remove the stain properly, you could repeat the treatment.
Alternatively, we would recommend getting in touch with your local carpet cleaning company immediately and letting them deal with it. They will have much more experience than you and will be able to determine the perfect solution for your carpet stains.