Carpet Cleaning Black Diamond: Stain Handling
Protecting your carpets from stains is not easy especially when you have kids around. Spills and stains abound. And may the Lord protect you if you have pets! Be it spills from wines or finger painting by your toddler cleaning a carpet, especially removing stains can be a huge deal if you don’t know how to do it right. Special fibres require special cleaning techniques. You can check out our other articles on cleaning specific fibres. In this article, we will look into some generalized carpet cleaning techniques.
THE REALLY REALLY GENERAL TECHNIQUES
- In general, it is safe to use water on all kinds of stains. So as soon as a stain occurs, rinse the area immediately with water by blotting it, allowing it to dry and repeat the process. Never ever scrub the stain. The more you scrub, the more the stain gets embedded into the carpet and the harder it will be to remove it later using more sophisticated techniques.
- If you are looking for something a little more detergent-ish to clean that spot, grab a stain remover from the counters on any convenience store and try it out on a small area of the carpet that is not noticeable upfront. If the carpet gets discoloured you obviously don’t want to use that anywhere else on the carpet. So be sure to test anything new before you use it as you could end up with some irreparable damage.
THE MORE SPECIFIC GENERAL TECHNIQUES
Removing Water Soluble Stains
These are the easier types of stains to remove and are generally caused by alcoholic beverages, jellies, soluble ink, watercolours, etc. A simple cleaning solution consisting of a quarter teaspoon of white vinegar mixed with some 30 ounces of water is an effective product to get rid of water-soluble stains. Dip a white clean cloth into the solution and dab against it for a couple of minutes. Then press the cloth against the stain. Repeat this process and wait for some time. This is to let the white vinegar soak up the excess residual detergent which has gotten into the carpet as otherwise, the carpet will attract dirt. As you keep doing this, the stain will lighten. Keep repeating until the stain is completely removed. For persistent stains, keep your patience as this process can take some time to get rid of the whole stain.
Removing Oil Based and Greasy Stains
Remember the cheesy dip from the pizza last night? What about that lovely picture of you that your child made with his brand new set of Crayola? Did you happen to drop your mascara on the bedroom carpet? Oops! Sadly all of such stains are nasty greasy stains that won’t go away with a simple remedy like vinegar and water.
To remove direct stains from oil or candle wax, you will need to place a paper towel on the spill affected area and apply a warm iron on it. The heat from the iron will cause the oil or wax to stick up to the paper towel.
For other stains like those from crayon, apply some cleaning solvent to a cloth and dab that area repeatedly. Now hold the cloth down for a couple of seconds. Blot it with warm water and wait for the carpet to become completely dry. If after drying the stain has not been completely removed but has lightened considerably keep repeating till you get a stainless clean carpet.
These are very common stains that are bound to happen when you get down to some hobby time projects or decide to indulge your creativity. Though annoying, these stains are removed quite easily. Dampen a cotton ball or cotton cloth in alcohol and dab it against the glue spot. Once the glue is thoroughly moistened, remove it off the carpet by rubbing the ball against it. Keep repeating until the carpet is clean and no residue is remaining.
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