Carpet stains are a messy reality of life. No matter how hard you try to avoid them, they always seem to show up on your carpet. Whether it’s a stain from a pet accident, juice, gum, or mud, they can be really difficult to remove.
The good news is, there are specific actions you can take when treating different types of stains. Take a look at these proven tips from the carpet cleaning professionals at Chem-Dry of Wake County and try them on your next carpet stain.
Water-Soluble Carpet Stains
Water-soluble stains are substances like latex paint, washable ink, blood, vomit, drinks, berries, or chocolate. Simple cleaning solutions will easily remove these types of stains.
To remove water-soluble stains mix 1 tablespoon ammonia with 1 cup of water, or ¼ teaspoon of white vinegar with 32 ounces of water. One thing to keep in mind is this solution will not work on wool or wool-blend carpets. Try a mild detergent with warm water on your wool carpets instead.
Wax and Oily Carpet Stains
For waxy stains, such as candle wax or gum, begin by placing a piece of ice on top of the spill. Once the substance is hardened by the ice, try picking it out of your carpet with a butter knife. Another method is to cover the stain with a paper towel and then iron it on warm. The heat from the iron will work together with the paper towel to lift the stain from the carpet fibers.
For oily stains such as glue, lightly cover the area with rubbing alcohol and then gently wipe the stain away. For tougher substances like nail polish, try using a rag dipped in nail polish remover to lift the stain from the carpet. We recommend testing the nail polish remover on a small portion of your carpet before treating the entire stain to ensure it doesn’t cause any discoloration.
Pet Urine and Odors on Carpets
Pet urine can be one of the most difficult substances to remove because of the lingering odor. First, you will want to act quickly so the stain doesn’t soak into the carpet, padding, or subfloor. Next, you should try to absorb as much of the stain as possible with a towel. Then any homemade or store-bought cleaning solution should remove the stain. In order to completely remove the pet stain and its accompanying bacteria and odor, you should schedule a professional carpet cleaning or pet urine and odor removal treatment at least once a year. If you are in the Raleigh, NC area, call Chem-Dry of Wake County and ask about our pet urine and odor cleanings!
Carpet Cleaning Raleigh, NC
Even if you take excellent care of your carpet and are able to remove any surface stains with a DIY cleaning solution, be sure to schedule your Chem-Dry carpet cleaning at least once a year. Professional carpet cleanings will help to keep your carpets free from stains, allergens, bacteria, and odors. We also offer a carpet stain protectant that will enhance the life of your carpet by preventing soiling and staining deep in the fibers. This will shield your carpet from any future stains or accidents that may occur.