Let us discuss the different types of stains and how to tackle them:
If you have furry friends at home, you’re likely familiar with pet stains and I’ll admit, it is a challenge, and personally, I would go above and beyond for my pet. So let me guide you through the methods and substances that can rid your rug of the odour associated with their accidents, and remove the carpet stains entirely.
First things first, clean up the initial mess, if there is debris on the rug, safely dispose of it.
If the stain has already dried on the rug fibers, the best option is to moisten it. Then apply a rug stain cleaning product that is specifically formulated for pet stains.
Blot the stain with paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible. Then, use a pet-specific enzymatic cleaner to break down the organic components of the stain. Follow the product instructions carefully to ensure complete removal.
Food and Beverage stains
These are perhaps the most frequent culprits. Whether it is a wine spill, coffee mishap, or you’ve dropped a slice of pizza, food and beverage stains require immediate attention. Blot the stain gently with a clean cloth to absorb as much liquid as possible. Then, use a mixture of mild detergent and water to gently scrub the stained area. Rinse thoroughly and let it dry.
Blood stains can be tough, but can be managed effectively with swift action. Start by blotting the stain with a clean cloth to absorb excess blood.
Then soak the affected area in cold water for around 15-30 minutes and agitate the water periodically. Gently blot the stain, working from the edges towards the center, never from the center, without rubbing it.
If the stain persists, create a solution of one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) and one part cold water and test it on an inconspicuous area first.
Remember, the key is acting quickly and patiently to maximize your chances of successful stain removal while avoiding heat sources that can set protein stains.
Ink stains can be daunting, but don’t panic. Blot the stain gently with a clean cloth to absorb any excess ink. Next, apply isopropyl alcohol to a clean cloth and blot the stain until it disappears. Be cautious not to rub too vigorously, as it might spread the ink further. Also some hair sprays work, nail polish removers, and other substances containing high content of alcohol (even white wines and vinegars may be used). When using any of these chemicals, rinse with water, then blot or vacuum dry until the spot is dry.
Mud and Dirt stains
Allow mud and dirt to dry completely before attempting to clean. Once dry, gently brush off as much as possible. Then, use a mixture of mild detergent and water to clean the affected area. Rinse and let it air dry.