Do you know how to deal with stubborn stains on your home carpet or area rug? Some of you might say it’s job better left for professional carpet cleaners and they might be right. However, it’s better to know a thing or two about treating tough spots on your carpet. Besides, there are a few methods which can actually do more harm than good. Thus I have put together a short list for your consideration. Here is all you need to know about removing 5 common carpet stains.
How To Clean Rugs And Carpets
I often wonder if there is a single most effective way/method to remove stain on a carpet. I have talked to many expert carpet cleaners but invariably I get one and the same answer to my question – “It depends, mate”. Different spots/stains respond to different methods, solutions and treatments. Thus my friends from the cleaning industry tell me that the most important thing is to determine what sort of stain I have to deal with. Next comes picking the proper cleaning solution to treat it. All in all, it’s important to remember that different carpets or rugs respond differently to treatments and cleaners.
In case you want to utilize your spare time with something entertaining our advice is to look for a local carpet cleaning company. You can easily find lots of area cleaners with Google Search. Mind to pick a trusted and reliable provider. Besides their pricing, look for positive reviews and membership/affiliation with industry organizations like NCCA or IICRC on their website.
Below you can find 5 common carpet stains and tips how to get rid of them. Keep in mind to read labels on canisters before applying any carpet cleaner. Follow instructions and always test the product on an inconspicuous area of your rug or carpet. If you don’t feel up to the task, you can hire a local carpet cleaning company to come and clean your carpet.
5 Common Carpet Stains And How To Tackle Them
- Gum and Wax Stains – Use a wrapped ice cube in a thin cloth and place it over the stain until it freezes. Then use a spoon even a blunt knife will do the job to scrape the gum or wax from your carpet.
- Oily Stains – The trick to handle oily stains is the opposite to the method to treat wax or gum stains. Place an old cloth over the stained area and use an iron to heat up the stain. Set the iron to medium heat. In the process the heat will transfer the oily residue from your carpet or rug to the old piece of cloth.
- Natural Staines – These are all marks left from natural produce like fruits, milk, etc. Treat them with water mixed with a small amount of washing detergent. In case you want to be on the green side of cleaning use white vinegar instead.
- Other Water-Based Stains – Every water-based substance that leave a stain on your carpet or rug can be treated in the same manner described above. This includes jelly, ink or soda.
- Heavy Duty Water-Based Stains – When we say heavy-duty we mean more troublesome stains originating from red wine, blood or coffee on your car seats . Usually they are darker and require more decisive actions like using a stain removal product. Simply treating them with water plus washing detergent will leave a mark on your carpet.
If you follow the tips listed above you will find out that removing stains on carpets and rugs is simple and easy.