18 Nov 3 Common Household Stains And Their Effects On Your Carpet
If you are looking to maintain your carpet’s look for a prolonged period of time, then professional carpet cleaning might be the way to go. However, as good as this may be, calling on a pro to do it every day is simply impractical. Learning about the various types of household stains that you are likely to encounter can help prevent the occurrence of damage to your carpet. Therefore, you should follow the detailed recommended actions when the following stains occur.
These are particularly the easiest to clean when done early enough. Once you have removed any present solids, you should use clean water to clean the stain by gently blotting the stain’s edges as you move inwards using a white paper towel or clean white towel. If it so happens that the stain has slightly set, you can use a mixture of approximately a quarter teaspoon of clear dishwashing liquid and eight ounces of water to bring the stain up.
This will apply too water-soluble stains such as latex paint, alcoholic beverages, fruits and sodas.
For other water soluble stains such as those which are protein based, it will be difficult to clean them when their enzymes have been exposed to heat or acidic things because they will turn dark and grab on to the carpet aggressively. For vomit and blood, you should first remove all the solids before flushing the carpet with cold water. If this fails, then you should use mild solutions- clear dishwashing liquid and water for wool, and a mixture of one cup of water and one tablespoon of ammonia for other types of carpets. For white fabrics, you should use hydrogen peroxide only.
Some examples of protein-based stains include meat juices, blood, bodily fluids and dairy products.
Oil-Based and fat stains
Oil-based and fat stains usually pose a bigger danger to carpets as they tend to stick naturally to other oils like petroleum which are used to make synthetic carpet. Because of this, there are certain carpet manufacturers who have opted to add special coatings and treatments to their synthetic fibres to foster stain resistance. Thus, for these types of carpets, you should use mild soapy water to clean the stain. For the untreated ones, you should employ the use of CRI-certified dry carpet cleaners. You should blot the stain on the carpet until it is eliminated and then blot the area once more with water to collect any of the cleaning product residues. Once it has dried, you can vacuum it.
Some good examples of oil-based and fat stains include petroleum jelly, lipstick, cooking grease and salad dressing.
Gum and wax
For carpets with a medium to deep pile, these stains must not be allowed to set or ground into the carpet as they will bind the fibres together. Even peeling them off can damage your carpet. You should cover them with ice and let them freeze and then take away the hardened substance ensuring not to tug on the carpet. For any wax residues, you should cover the area with paper towels or brown paper and then use a medium heated iron to pick the wax up. For gum, use a dry carpet cleaner to blot the area and then soak the cleaning residue using a damp cloth.
By understanding the above carpet stains and how to tackle them, your carpet can last longer.