How to get stains out of Your Carpet
Nothing can spoil the appearance of a beautiful carpet like an unsightly stain. Furthermore, there are a number of different stains that you may have to contend with over the life of that carpeting. However, this maid service in Chicago have a few tips. There are a number of ways to remove stains from carpeting, depending of course, on the type of stain it is. The rule of thumb for the first step that holds true with every stain on this list is – never scrub the stain after the spill has occurred. Blot it with a cloth or paper towels instead.
Blood and urine stains
If the stain has dried, scrape it lightly with a wire brush, otherwise blot the stain as you would when the spill first occurred. Use a mixture of 1 cup of water with mild detergent and apply to the stain. Leave the solution on the stain for 5 minutes and repeat the process if necessary. You can also mix a tablespoon of ammonia or white vinegar with 4 oz. of warm (not hot) water and apply to the stain as well. Let it soak for 5 minutes and blot with paper towels.
Cleaning or industrial fluid stains
Moisten the stain with hairspray (non-oil based) or rubbing alcohol. These will loosen the fluid’s adhesiveness so that it can be easily removed from the carpet fibers. You can vacuum up the dry residue that remains and remove anything that was affected by the hairspray or rubbing alcohol.
Coffee and wine stains
Mix a tablespoon of any brand of ammonia with 8 oz. of water (if the carpeting is wool-based, use a mild detergent instead of the ammonia). Apply the mixture to a sponge and gently rub the stain with it. Blot with paper towels and repeat the process until you are satisfied with the results.
Fat and oil-based stains
Get as much of the excess liquid or material up by scraping across the surface of your carpet with a knife. Cover the spot with a clean towel and add some controlled heat by placing a steam iron on top. Dab a dish towel with baking soda or powdered detergent and gently rub it into the stain. Blot with a paper towel that is slightly damp and warm. This will pick up the liquid part that remains and leave some dry debris which can be vacuumed up.
Mix ¼ teaspoon of non-bleach containing detergent or the same amount of white vinegar in 1 quart of water. Apply the solution to the stain, then dip a clean dishcloth in the solution and place it over the stain, gently pressing on it. Blot the stain, rinse with warm water, and repeat the process until the stain is gone.
Now that you know how to remove a stain, don’t delay the cleaning any longer. After all you do need your carpet looking good for a long time. However, if the stains show up too much, you can hire a professional carpet service.