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August 9, 2015

DIY Stain Removal

Want to have a go at cleaning your carpet stain, yourself?

  • Scrape out the semi-solid or solid stains using a plastic spatula, and vacuum out the stain as much as possible. DO NOT use a knife or other sharp-rimmed implement.
  • A liquid stain should be blotted up straight away, before it can seep into the carpet fibres. Use paper towels or tissues for this.
  • Always test cleaning solutions on a little patch of the same carpet, out of sight, to make sure it won’t cause any damage.
  • When using a solution for stain removal, apply it to a cloth. DO NOT pour it directly onto the stain.
  • When removing large stains, start working from the outside edge, towards the centre, so the stain doesn’t spread further.
  • Never use a brush or rub harshly to remove the stain. It will only cause more damage to the carpet.
  • Be sure not to over-saturate the carpet while rinsing and cleaning.
  • For removal of ink stains, clean with lemon juice.
  • To get rid of water-based stains like urine, coffee and tea stains, employ a mild water based stain removal cleaning solution, like a mix of vinegar with lukewarm water, or hydrogen peroxide with lukewarm water.
  • Coffee stains can be removed by cleaning immediately with a mix of 1 large spoonful of water with 1 tablespoon of glycerine.

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Additional Tips

  • Carefully blot or scrape the entire area before applying any cleaning solution. Remove as much of the spill as possible.
  • Before using any cleaning solution, test your carpet in an inconspicuous area to make sure the cleaner won’t damage or discolour it. Test the cleaning agents that you keep on hand before you have to use them to make sure they will not harm your carpet.
  • Do not rub the spill — that might spread the problem to a larger area.
  • When you apply spot cleaner, work from the outside of the stain toward the inside to avoid spreading the stain. After applying a cleaning solution, blot up all the moisture.
  • A clean white bath towel is unsurpassed for drying carpet and brushing the nap back up to a standing position.
  • If you feel that there is still too much moisture after blotting the carpet, place a 20-mm-thick stack of white towels over the spot and weigh them down with a heavy object.
  • Bleach is great for some things, but not for carpets and upholstery.
  • Keep a good multi purpose cleaner that works well on several surfaces on hand, but for carpet and furniture upholstery ALWAYS use a specific spot cleaner, recommended for use on carpet and upholstery.
  • It’s always best to do a thorough job of cleaning spots and spills now… otherwise they’ll come back to haunt you later.

Stain still won’t budge? It’s time to call in the experts from Ladybird. Contact us here.

Disclaimer: Ladybird Carpet Care has included this information for your general knowledge. We accept no responsibilities for the results incurred from your use of the above information.

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