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How to remove stains from a carpet


Introduction

A soft and clean carpet is inviting while a rug or carpet that has stains is off-putting. Once your carpet is stained you might start thinking of replacing it, but this comes with extra costs. However, before you make that choice you have an option of reversing the damage caused and this will be discussed in this review. In this review you will find all information you need about the different types of stains, the appropriate tools, supplies and techniques you might need to remove the stains from your carpet. 

Some Basic Things you should Know Before Cleaning

In order to remove stains easily you should simply work on the spot and dry working from outside in, then rinse it with clean water and blot it. You should avoid scrubbing the carpet since you might ruin the carpet fibres or even spread the stain across the entire carpet. Before you actually start cleaning your carpet you should identify the type of stain you are dealing with. You should also check the instructions given by the carpet suppliers. 

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Types of Carpet Stains

There are different types of stains and each of them requires special techniques to be removed completely. Here are some examples of stains:
• Water-soluble stains-these include stains from alcoholic beverages, colas, gravy, ice cream, berries, milk, jelly, excrement, food dyes, ink, wet or latex paint. For this category, you have to use a simple cleaning solution that comprises of ¼ teaspoon of non-bleach detergent, mixed with water. 
• Special water-soluble stains-some of these stains are blood, tea, vomit, chocolate, wine, mustard, blood, and coffee. For these stains you will use 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed with a cup of water. In case you have a wool carpet, you should instead use mild detergent and water only. If this doesn’t work, then you can use chlorine bleach. 
• Oil, fat and wax stains-these are some of the toughest stains but removing them is easy. You just have to place a paper towel over your carpet and then iron on a warm setting. Whether it is oil, fat or wax it will come off the carpet and stick on the paper towel. 
• Cigarette burns-you can easily remove this by rubbing the pile using an edge of a hard and flat surface. For example, you can use a dull knife to do this. 
• Glue and cum-for the glue you have to moisten a cotton ball or a piece of a soft cloth using alcohol. Then you press it on the stain and after the glue has been moistened you can wipe it off gently. To remove a gum stain, you will use ice to freeze it. Thereafter you can shatter the frozen gum using a hard object. 

How to Maintain your Carpet 

You should always clean your carpet even if you don’t have any stains. A carpet should be cleaned every 12 to 18 months and there are so many professionals who offer carpet cleaning services. On the other hand, you can decide to clean the carpet by yourself and this is very simple as long as you use the right tools and techniques. Before you start cleaning your carpet always check the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid any unnecessary damage. Visit this page to explore carpets.

 

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