Dealing With The Top Carpet Stains On Your Own
Stains are pains. They are the ultimate nightmare for most homeowners with carpet. Carpet stains go hand in hand with good parties, pets like dogs and cats, children of any age, etc. You, the homeowner take every preventive measure to protect your home's carpet in hopes that no misfortunes or carpet stains will ruin its beautiful new look, and in an instant, something happens. When it does happen, most will panic and frantically reach for the nearest available cloth to remove the carpet stain, correct?
Chill out and take a moment before you jump on that stain. There are many ways that you can remove carpet stains safely, but it is to your advantage to be armed with some effective techniques, suggested by us, real carpet cleaning professionals in San Antonio Texas to remove the top five carpet stains. These stains can present you with problems if they are not treated with the proper care when they occur, and may require the help of a professional carpet cleaner in the San Antonio area (hopefully Lone Star Carpet Care & Restoration) if you don't take the correct steps. Here they are, the top stains and how to deal with them on your own!
Dealing with Blood Stains on Your Carpet
We're not saying we are the top carpet cleaning company for the local mob or anything. But picture this scenario... you walk barefoot into your driveway, there's a small sliver of glass or even a sharp acorn that you step on. Then you walk back into your home not knowing that your heel is bleeding just a little. AND before you know it, there's small blood stains on your carpet here and there.
We've received these calls! First, on blood stains, always use cold water instead of warm or hot water. This is important because blood coagulates with heat and cold water will prevent the blood from penetrating into your carpet fibers. Here's how to treat blood stains:
Fill a small spray bottle with 2 tsp. of liquid dish detergent such as Palmolive and cold water and spray on directly onto the stain. Generously get the stain wet so that the carpet blood stain is entirely soaked with the solution. Then use a paper towel or a dry white cloth to gently blot the spot so that the blood is transferred to the cloth. Rinse with cold water and repeat until the stain is gone. Don't grind the stain into the carpet - this is a gentle, rinse and repeat process.
Bear in mind, removing blood stains may take persistence and patience.
How To Get Coffee Stains Out Of Your Carpeting
The more coffee you drink, the more your hands shake and if you're still holding your coffee cup at this point, you'll most likely have a venti sized coffee stain on your carpet. Here's what to do. First, use a dry white towel to blot the spot until the coofee spill is reletively dry. If there is a considerable amount of spillage, make sure you are not spreading the stain even more by changing out cloths as they become saturated with the beverage.
Then, use a mix of vinegar, water, and a gentle, non-bleach detergent. Go at the stain first with the spray bottle, rinse, and repeat. Patience is key, just like when you were waiting for that coffee to brew.
Dealing an Ink Stain on Your Carpet
Ink stains on your carpeting can be challenging however not at all impossible! Be careful not to rub or scrub! Dampen a clean white cloth with rubbing alcohol (the higher the percentage of rubbing alcohol, the better it will work), and then proceed by dabbing the wet cloth on the ink stained carpet. Let it stand for a few minutes and then use a liquid friendly vacuum to remove the extra moisture.
You may need to treat the carpet stain with the alcohol again. We don't recommend using hair spray as some people do because it can actually harden in the padding of your carpet and make the removal even more challenging. When using rubbing alcohol, rinse with water, then blot or vacuum dry until spot is dry. It’s a good idea to perform a test on an inconspicuous part of the carpet to make sure that the alcohol doesn't ruin your carpet - you never know.
Beverage and Drink Stains - Especially Red Carpet Stains!
Start by gently blotting the stain with a dry white towel. Never rub the stain as this can make it more difficult to remove the carpet stain and sometimes leads to saturation of the carpet pad. Fill a spray bottle with a mix of white vinegar, Palmolive dish soap, and water in a spray bottle. Use 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1 tbsp. of Palmolive dish soap, and fill it with water. Spray area generously and let it soak for 5-10 minutes. Afterwards blot with a clean, dry towel until stain is removed.
First, clean up what's causing the stain, dog poop, dog urine, cat poo, cat urine, whatever it is, get it out of there. Use gloves to pick it up and dispose of it unless you like how that feels - knock yourself out. If the mess is wet, use the blot method to soak up the moisture without smearing or rubbing. Blot repeatedly until the carpet is almost dry to the touch and carpet stain is removed.
In instances where the stain has already dried on the carpet fibers, the best way to treat this type of carpet stain is to moisten it with water. After it’s moistened with water, apply a carpet stain-cleaning product specifically formulated for pet stains.
To neutralize the odor and spot, you may need to try several different tactics. Try using white vinegar or white wine to perform this next step. Simply mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with a quart of warm water and spray on the stain. Allow the vinegar spray to soak for several minutes and then proceed with the blot technique until stain is gone and spot is dry.
These are the most common stains we get calls on here at Lone Star Carpet Cleaning & Restoration. We hope that these tips can help you avoid having a permanently stained carpet due to an unforseen event. If you can't get these stains out on your own, we are always here to help, and provide professional carpet cleaning services to San Antonio Texas and the surrounding areas.