No matter how careful we are, stains are inevitable. But even the most stubborn marks can be gotten rid of. Whether it’s red wine or nail polish, here is our brief guide on how to remove stains from carpet.
Coffee spills can leave ugly stains on our carpets, whether it’s at home or in the office, so it’s important to get them out as quickly as possible. Start by mopping up as much of the spill as possible using kitchen roll or something similar. Firmly dab at the spill, then do the same with a damp cloth. If the stain still persists or has been left for too long, sprinkle baking soda on to the affected area. Leave it to settle for at least half an hour and then use a clean cloth to remove it.
Nail polish is usually bright in colour so it can be a nightmare to clean. First, resist the urge to rub the spill. It can be tempting to scrub but you will only spread the mess and set the nail polish further into the carpet. Instead, blot it with a damp cloth or paper towel. The next step depends on your carpet. For light coloured carpets, a non-acetone nail polish remover should do the trick. Apply to a cloth and dab at the remaining nail polish until it fades.
For darker carpets, using nail polish remover may affect the colouring. If this is the case, you can try hair spray and rubbing alcohol. Keep the stained area slightly damp and apply small amounts of hair spray before washing with a cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol.
How to remove red wine from carpet
Red wine is one of the most notorious villains when it comes to staining carpets. But these spills can be taken care of. The first step is to act as quickly as possible. You have the best chance of saving your carpet if you attack while the stain is still wet. There are several different remedies for this particular stain but the best option is probably the white wine trick. Pouring white wine directly on to the stain will neutralise it and make it easier to lift. Just dab at the area with a damp cloth and when the majority of it has gone, apply your preferred carpet cleaner. Which have reviewed 19 different brands of carpet cleaners if you are unsure what brand to use.
No matter how strict the No Shoes rule is, mud always seems to find a way into the house and into your carpet. Acting quickly is not the solution here. Let the mud dry before you attempt any carpet cleaning to save from spreading the dirt. Once the mud has dried, it should be easy to lift out of the carpet with a brush. Use a vacuum cleaner to suck up the dislodged flakes. Keep repeating this process until as much of the dirt is lifted as possible. Wash the rest away with a damp, soapy sponge.
This is another stain where rubbing alcohol can come in useful. You only need to apply a small amount of the solution to a fresh cloth. Dab the stain firmly, remembering not to scrub and spread the mess. You will need to keep at this for a while before the stain is fully removed. When the ink is gone, wash the area with warm water to get rid of the residue rubbing alcohol.
Despite its name, permanent marker does not have to leave a permanent stain. There are a few remedies for removing permanent marker but the one of the most effective is a mixture of toothpaste and baking soda. Mix one part baking soda with one part toothpaste and then apply the solution to the area of the carpet that is marked. Leave it to sit for a couple of minutes. Then take a cloth and dip it in clean, warm water. Rub at the stain until it vanishes. This might take a lot of carpet cleaning but keep at it and the stain will come away.
Whether you have messy kids or got a bit careless with your treat, chocolate stains are a real eyesore. The trick to getting rid of them is to scrape up as much of the chocolate as possible, using a spatula or a flat butter knife. Removing the rest of the stain should be fairly simple. Use a sponge or clean cloth dipped in warm water and washing-up liquid to dab at the mark. Keep doing this until it has completely gone.
So the next time you have a spill, simply follow these easy steps on how to get stains out of carpet. If you want our professional carpet cleaners London to tackle the job, please contact us for a quote.