Tips for Removing Carpet Stains
When there is a spill on your carpet, the best advice is to move as quickly as possible to clean it. This way, we avoid the stain penetrating the fibers of the carpet. Any liquid that is spilled needs to be taken care of immediately, as once it’s had time to dry, the stain will be there for as long as the carpet is.
Here are some steps when cleaning spill from your carpet:
1. Remove the spill
The best way to go about this is blotting. Use some paper towels and apply pressure to soak up the spill. Do not rub the paper towels onto the carpet as this may rub the spill deeper into the carpet fibers, making it that much harder to clean. Always work from the outside in when working with stains to prevent it from spreading any further. If your spill is solid, then use a spoon or a blunt, knife-like object.
2. Treat with cold/hot water
This step will depend on whether you have synthetic or natural carpet. For synthetic carpets, cold water is best. With natural carpet, you will want to make sure the water is at least warm. You will want to continue blotting with the correct water temperature until there is no stain coming up onto the towels.
Press dry the carpet with a white towel or paper towels. This will remove any extra moisture and ensure there will be no mold issues. Make sure you do not rub the towel into the carpet, as this can change the texture.
4. Tough Stain
If this is an extra tough stain and this is still not working, you can put a small amount, like a teaspoon, of laundry detergent and some white vinegar into a liter of water and treat the stain using a clean sponge.
Keep repeating these steps until the stain is completely removed, and don’t have anyone walk on that spot on the carpet until it’s completely dry.