Removing common stains from your carpet requires having the right type of cleaning products as well as using the best techniques to lift the stain out so that your carpet returns to its normal appearance. While carpets are made from fibers that are similar to your clothes, you can just toss the carpet into the washing machine.
Here are some tips when it comes to removing specific types of stains from your carpet. Remember, the earlier you get to the stain, the easier it will be to remove.
Have the Right Cleaners
There are specific carpet cleaning products that you can purchase at your local retail store or online that are designed to address various types of stains. You can also use household products as well such as white vinegar and baking soda depending on the type of stain that needs to be cleaned. Sometimes, plain water makes for an effective cleanser, so be sure to have the right cleaners on hand for your needs.
Remove any Debris
If the stain is associated with any debris or stool from pets for example, remove it first and take care not to push it into the carpet even further. The first step is to remove bits of debris such as coffee grounds and the like before you actually address the stain itself. Once the debris has been taken care of, then you can address the stain with the appropriate cleaners and tools.
Blot the Stain
Whatever type of stain you have on your carpet, remove whatever debris is associated with it and then blot the stain with a dry towel. You do not want to rub the stain as that will cause it to spread and make it even more difficult to remove.
Start with Small Areas First
Every stain is going to be a little bit different, so once you blot the area use the cleaner on a small part of the stain first to see if it is going to be effective. You may find that instead of the standard cleaner that white vinegar may work better. So, once you see that the cleaner will work, use it on all of the stain.
Use Cold Water on Blood Stains
While hot water is usually recommended for loosening stains from the carpet, that will cause the blood to coagulate and make it that much harder to remove. Instead, use cold water which will loosen the blood from the carpet and make it easier to clean properly.
Use Isopropyl Alcohol on Ink Stains
Ink stains are arguably the hardest to clean because the ink is designed to stick to the fibers in the carpet. So, treat the stain immediately with isopropyl alcohol in the highest concentration you can find. Be sure not to rub the stain as it may spread and push the ink further into the carpet. You may have to treat the stain two or three times to fully lift the ink from the carpet.
If you are not having success with removing a stain, then you may want to call the carpet cleaning professionals who have the cleaners and experience to handle such stains.