Efficient and cost-effective method to clear emergency carpet stains
Few things are as frustrating as staining a beautiful and expensive carpet. Thoughts of unaffordable and lengthy cleaning products by professional companies usually flood your mind. It is enough to make your blood boil at the sight of such an accident, and these often tend to happen at the most inconvenient of times.
The important thing is to not allow yourself to panic. Help is at hand and a stain can be much easier to clear than you may think. All it takes is a few household items and your carpet stain will vanish faster than it appeared.
Of course, some stains are more persistent than others, but with this basic guide you can quickly and efficiently control the stain before it leaves a permanent mark.
It is important to be prepared. A handy supply of the required items can be a blessing in an emergency.
You will need a clean absorbent cloth, a dry cleaning solution such as surgical spirit (available at any local chemist),
- detergent solution (usually 1 teaspoon to half a pint of warm water),
- detergent vinegar solution (one teaspoon of white vinegar added to the detergent solution),
- 1 teaspoon of household ammonia solution (measured to 1 cup of warm water).
These items will usually be all you need to help you control even the toughest of stains.
Depending on the cause of the stain, a slightly different process may be needed. Most common of these would be alcohol, coffee, urine, or some form of similar liquid.
The best way to proceed would be to start by blotting up any excess spillage quickly. Apply small dabs of the Detergent Vinegar Solution starting at the outer edges of the stain and working in. Gently and frequently blot up with a cloth.
Thereafter you will want to rinse the area promptly. You can do this by mixing 1-part white vinegar to 4 parts water in a spray bottle. Spray a bit of the mixture on the stain and gently blot the damp area.
It is important to never rub the area as this could damage the carpet permanently. Place a fresh absorbent cloth over the area and weigh it down so it can absorb the remainder of the liquid.
If in doubt, leave it overnight and in the morning your carpet stain should have been taken care of.
If you are dealing with chocolate, sweets, egg, ice cream, milk, or anything with sugar, you will largely follow a similar process as above with liquids. You may want to scrape up any residue of the mess before beginning the cleaning process.
Apply a Detergent Solution around the edges of the stain, working in, and blotting up frequently. Follow this up with an Ammonia Solution; again blotting up frequently. You will want to finish up with the same rinsing procedure as explained in general liquid stains.
When faced with chewing gum, oil, fatty stains, or shoe polish, begin by scraping up the excess. Thereafter apply a Dry Cleaning Solution, followed by a Detergent Vinegar Solution. Blot dry, and rinse as above.
This general guide should assist in an emergency. It may not be full-proof, but it will get the job done, or, at the very least, save you from permanent damage.
It is important to act quickly and efficiently when your carpet is stained. Take plenty of time, and always work from the outer edges to the inside. Always blot gently, and never rub or scrub. Encourage quick drying, which can be done with the help of a hairdryer.
Follow these steps and you can avoid damage to your carpet quickly and efficiently at minimal cost.
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