How Can I Remove Carpet Stains?
How Can I Remove Carpet Stains?
Carpet stains can be an unsightly and undesirable addition to the otherwise lovely carpeting in your home. At Georgia Carpet Industries, we believe that great stain protected carpet can mean the difference between a quick and easy cleanup or a spot that can never be removed, but we understand that stains do happen! Thankfully, when it comes to carpet stains (whether they are new or existing stains), it is possible to remove them. You do not necessarily need to call a professional carpet cleaner, or just give up entirely and have brand-new stain resistant carpet installed!
First of all, it is important to know that you will not be able to remove all types of stains from your carpet. Some stains cannot be removed because they permanently alter the carpet’s color. If the stain you are concerned about was caused by one of the following substances, then you will not be able to remove it.
- acid toilet bowl cleaners
- acne medication
- alkaline drain cleaners
- chlorinated bleaches
- hair dyes
- mustard with turmeric
- plant fertilizers (“Carpet Cleaning & Maintenance,” Mohawk Flooring)
So what should you do if you encounter one of these types of stains? We recommend that you call a professional in the unfortunate incident that you end up with a stain that has altered the color of your carpet.
But as long as your stain was not caused by one of the above substances, you may be in luck! And the sooner you are able to act, the better.
If you can catch a potential stain as soon as a spill happens, you will be far better off than trying to remove an old stain. Here is how you can act quickly if you encounter a spill:
- “Blot liquids with a dry, white absorbent cloth or plain white paper towels (no prints or colors). Use of a printed or colored material may transfer ink or dye to your damp carpet.
- Start at the outside of the spot and continue toward the center to prevent the stain from spreading. Continue step one until the area is barely damp. Semisolids, like food spills, may need to be scooped up with a spoon. Solid, dried bits can be vacuumed up. Warning: do not scrub or use a brush. Scrubbing and brushes can damage the carpet. Fraying and texture change is the likely result.” (“Cleaning Spots and Spills,” The Carpet and Rug Institute)
Then, as soon as you take care of the spill, you can take care of any stain it has left behind. It is recommended that you use a carpet cleaning product that has a CRI Seal of Approval. If you have one of these products on hand, you should follow the package instructions. You should also remember to do a carpet spot test before applying the cleaning product to the stain.
Shaw Floors also has some tips for keeping your carpet clean and removing stains. Check out the video below for their recommendations!
If you are unable to watch the video, here is a summary of the tips:
- Make use of door mats outside your home, and change these mats regularly.
- Simple though it may sound, you should vacuum regularly. This prevents dirt accumulation.
- Be sure to have your carpet cleaned by a professional every 6 to 24 months.
- Promptly take care of spills and stains!
Be sure to check back here soon, as we will be discussing some carpet stain removal recipes that you may find useful!