5 Tips On Removing That Unwanted Carpet Stains

Carpets are one of the most important furnishings that hold a house together. Therefore, we need to maintain the look of this particular item of soft furnishing as much as we can. Carpets are known to get dirty especially if there are small children in the home. Spills and all sorts of stains seem like an ordinary occurrence but learning the appropriate tips on keeping your carpet clean through stain removal is vital. Different stains require different stain removal techniques. Each one requires a different approach but there are a few common steps that are mandatory in case a possible stain is about to occur.

Removing Carpet Stains

1. Stop the stain
In case tea or any other fluid has spill on your carpet, you need to ensure that there is minimal spread as much as possible. You can stop the stain from getting out of control through the use of paper towels; use as many as possible as long as the last paper towel comes off dry. It is also advisable to blot the stain from the outside towards the inside. This sees to it that the stain is stopped from further spreading. If the fluid is lying on top of the carpet due to slow absorption, scoop it off using a spoon.

2. Blot
While using the paper towel, it is advisable to blot the area dry instead of rubbing it. By blotting, you are getting rid of the fluid as well as keeping the carpet safe. Rubbing is always a bad technique as it wears out the fibers of the carpet which might ruin that particular spot permanently.

3. Use detergent
After you have got rid of the stain but still can see the discoloration on your carpet, mix 1/4 teaspoonful of dishwasher detergent with a full cup of water. Take caution not to use too much detergent as it will be difficult to get rid of the soap afterwards. A little bit of it will clean off the stain and leave no soap traces behind. After applying the soap solution, you should let it sit for at least 5 minutes depending on the type of stain. Rinse it off and use paper towels to dry off the area. You can use a heavy object like a flower vase to hold it down and absorb all the water.
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4. Vacuum
After you have inspected and seen that the stain is fully eliminated, vacuum the area thoroughly for an even finish and to level the clean area with the rest of the carpet.

5. Freshener
You can use a carpet freshener after cleaning off the stain. This will eliminate any indifferent smell that might have been brought about by the stain source and give the home an equal breeze.

There are some stain removal detergents in the market. In case you decide to use these, use it on a small portion of the carpet preferably a corner to see if it will discolor or have some negative effect on the carpet. If nothing happens, you can go ahead and use it on the rest of the carpet. If the stain is food related, scoop off the food before it dries off then clean regularly. However, if it is a bubble gum stain, use an ice cube to harden it the gently scoop. It is easier this way than attempting to remove it while gooey.

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