How to Remove Stains From a Carpet

Posted on March 14, 2015 by adam in Carpet Cleaning
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If you’ve accidentally spilled something on your carpet and you don’t want it to stain then quick action is the best action. There are plenty of different ways to remove stains and each type of stain can require a different approach each time.

In most situations, blotting up or scraping off the excess spillage is the first step. Using a blunt knife to scrape the more solid stains such as oil, chewing gum and show polish; and a cloth that is either dry such as kitchen roll or a cloth that is ever so slightly damp. Do not over-wet a stain, it will not help in the removal of the stain but may in fact spread the stain. Try to work from the outside – in to avoid spreading.

When using cleaning products such as detergents, always use the correct dilution ratio as stated on the cleaning product and apply to an area that is not on show such as behind a sofa to test the solution. Apply the solution to the cloth you are using, never directly to the carpet; as well as preventing using too much of the cleaning solution by mistake, it prevents any cleaning solution from remaining in the carpets once you’ve finished removing the stain, this could cause gradual damage at a base level and begin to reduce the life expectancy of your carpet.

General Tips

  • Start from the outside of the stain and work inwards
  • Use a dry or slightly damp cloth
  • Blot, don’t rub or scrape
  • Remove excess spillage first, either by blotting the liquid or using a blunt knife for tougher substances
  • When using detergents, read the instructions carefully and use the correct dilution ratio
  • Test any cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous part of your carpet
  • Apply cleaning solutions to the cloth, not to the carpet directly

If you follow this guide your stain should be significantly reduced, some stains are stubborn however and even after following this guide or using various detergents, they won’t fully disappear. At that point it’s best to call a professional such as myself as trying anything more rigorous yourself may damage your carpets.

If you’re in doubt, contact the professionals, call Elite on 07855 781 411