When it comes to stains on your carpet no two scenarios are ever the same; safe stain removal will depend upon many factors, such as what was spilled, how much, what colour and type of carpet, the carpet fibre type and how soon you take action!
Among the most common and yet hardest stains to remove from your carpet are fizzy drinks, curry, red wine, tea & coffee and blood.
Whatever the scenario there are some overriding principles which apply in every case:
- Deal with spillages immediately!
- Use only white cloths, a coloured cloth can leave colour behind further adding to the problem!
- In the case of food spillages carefully lift any solids (using a spoon) taking care not to widen the spillage area
- Never use a rubbing or scrubbing motion as this will damage your carpet fibres. Always blot, see below…
- Blot, Blot, Blot! The more of the spillage you remove in this way the better. Blot the area using plain white kitchen roll (several sheets thick) and change this regularly every time it becomes wet. Put the kitchen roll over the spillage and press down with your hand or your foot to soak up as much as you possibly can. Continue until the kitchen roll is dry and no more spillage is being removed. Time on this very important step is never wasted!
- To treat food and drink spillages – after you have finished blotting get a new clean white cloth, wet the cloth with warm water and lay it flat onto the stained area, press with your hand and hold for a moment or two. Remove and see if there has been colour transfer from the stain onto the cloth. Repeat until there is no further improvement. Blot dry with plain white kitchen roll.
- To treat blood spillages – do as above but only use cold water as using warm or hot water could set the stain.
- If you are planning to use a shop purchased carpet cleaner or stain remover always test this in an inconspicuous area of the carpet to check for any adverse reactions first. Ditto if you are planning to try a home remedy or a bottle of something from under your kitchen sink!
Following these simple steps will remove most spillages from your carpet without leaving a stain. If a stain remains call a professional carpet cleaner. Always choose a member of the National Carpet Cleaners Association (NCCA) www.ncca.co.uk or The Approved Carpet Cleaners Association (TACCA) www.tacca.co.uk or preferably both! Both of these websites have a look-up facility to find approved companies in your area. Bonne Fresh Clean are members of NCCA and TACCA.
Bonne Fresh Clean is a local professional carpet, upholstery and leather cleaning specialists in Bristol and South Gloucestershire (www.bonnefreshclean.co.uk) We offer stain removal advice and a quick response stain removal service.
For professional stain removal, call Karen today on 01454 436001 / 07774 908410