Do you know that feeling of panic that creeps into your bones when you spill some coffee onto your cream coloured carpet? Or are you familiar with your dog running into the house after a long walk, trailing in behind him thick mud across your floor just after the carpet cleaners have gone home? Well, don’t panic! I’m here to share with you some tips and not too well-known secrets about how to best tackle spills and stains on your carpet! The most important factor in tackling all spills or carpet stains is to act immediately! Always be prepared and have at hand the following tools and equipment:
- Clean absorbent cloth or even a towel will do.
- Surgical spirit
- A detergent solution (a teaspoon of wool detergent and half a pint of warm water) and
- A vinegar/detergent solution (a teaspoon of white vinegar to one teaspoon of detergent and a cup of warm water)
It’s all about technique
As long as you have these items handy you can run straight into the kitchen and tackle the spill before you rush to call in the professional cleaners! Now, when faced with your stain or spill it’s important to remember not to over-wet the carpet or rub frantically, as you’ll only embed the stain deeper into the carpet fibres and make it look so much worse! Don’t rush to spill all of your solutions onto the carpet. First, test the solution on a discreet area of the carpet and then treat the stain. Blot up any excess spill before you even put on the best carpet cleaning solution and remember never rub or scrub the area! Never, ever use harsh washing up liquids on a stain and stay clear of bleach-based products, as this will surely discolour your carpet! Work from the outside of the stain inward as this way you’ll avoid spreading the mark. Once that’s done then use a hairdryer to dry the affected area.
Continue the process
You will after trying to remove a stain need to carry out a final rinse procedure of the affected area! So mix one part white vinegar and four parts water. Then spray the solution over the stain. Blot with a clean cloth or towel to remove excess moisture and then spread an absorbent cloth over the stain and a heavyweight, such as an atlas on top of that. You can then let it rest overnight and hopefully by morning the stain should have disappeared. If it hasn’t tried the same procedure again, however, if the appearance of the stain remains, it may be time to call in the carpet cleaning company and let the cleaners get on with the job.
A good time to get done to some carpet cleaning and employ some of the above tips is during an end of lease cleaning! If you’re about to move out of your accommodation, you will need to make sure the flat/house is left sparkling. If you can’t afford to pay for a move-out cleaning service, then try some of these remedies for carpet cleaning! Office cleaning is nearly always left to the professional cleaning agencies, but if you or an employee does spill some coffee or tea on the carpet, you may as well try to treat the stain as early as possible. Leaving it will only make it harder for even the professionals to remove!
And there you have some DIY quick carpet cleaning treatments, that can hopefully help remove the appearance of stubborn stains or at least diminish the slightly!