Tips and Tricks for Removing and Cleaning Carpet Stains

Tips and Tricks for Removing and Cleaning Carpet Stains

Paint, coffee, wine, or juice – regardless of the type of stain, it seems like carpets are magnets for mess. And, depending on the type of stain, different techniques are recommended for removal. While there are some basic carpet cleaning truths that should be employed (i.e. blot stains and rinse thoroughly with clean water and never scrub carpets as you may damage carpet fibres), specific stains will be cleaned using different tools or techniques. In this article, we’ll discuss water-soluble stains, fats and oils, and regular maintenance to keep your carpets looking their best. Water-Soluble Stains Some examples of water-soluble stains are: Alcohol Berries Cola Feces Dye Gravy Milk Mud Wet or latex paint For these types of stains, start with a cleaning solution of ¼ of a teaspoon of non-bleach detergent or white vinegar with 32 ounces of water. Carefully blot the stain until it lifts and rinse with clean water. Dry the spot working from the outside toward the middle. Some water-soluble stains will not clean easily with this method. Such stains include blood, chocolate, coffee, mustard, tea, vomit, and wine. For these stains, mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with 1 cup of water (except if you are cleaning wool or wool-blend carpet when you want to mix mild detergent and water). If this cleaning solution fails, mix one part chlorine bleach with five parts water. Always test an inconspicuous area of carpet to make sure the carpet isn’t damaged – chlorine bleach solutions should only be used on solution-dyed carpets. Fat, Oil, and Wax Stains When it comes to fat, oil, and wax stains, simply place...
How to clean and remove lipstick stains from Carpet

How to clean and remove lipstick stains from Carpet

Spills and stains occur. Often times we face unusual cases of stains we never expected. Lipstick can somehow make it to our carpet and removing it may be a challenge. There are a few steps you can follow to get rid of a lipstick stain. What you’ll need: Cloth Spot Remover Dry Cleaning Solvent Ammonia Water White Vinegar What you’ll do: Apply some dry cleaning solvent to the cloth and rub the stain. Apply some spot remover then dry as much of it as possible. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until no more of the stain is being removed. Le it sit then apply some water to the stain. Create a mixture of spotter with ammonia and apply to the stain. Blot the area then flush with water. If the stain still exists move to the next step Mix some white vinegar with the wet spotter and apply. Flush with water and let it dry. It’s always important to deal with stains as quickly as possible. What to be mindful of: Don’t use ammonia on silk or wool. If the stain spreads at any point, flush immediately with dry cleaning...
How to remove water stains from carpet

How to remove water stains from carpet

One may think that water isn’t something to worry about staining a carpet. Unfortunately, sometimes water may not be pure and that causes it to leave a stain behind. It is important to blot as much liquid as possible of the stain immediately after it occurs. Fortunately, It’s easy to clean those stains with a few small steps and using household items. What you’ll need: White Towel White Vinegar Clean Water What you’ll do: Make a solution of 1 part water and 1 part vinegar. Dip a white towel in the solution. Gently rub the stain to wet the tips of the carpet fibres and not getting it soaking wet. Let it dry Apply the solution again if the stain isn’t removed it. Repeat if...
How to remove tomato juice or sauce stains

How to remove tomato juice or sauce stains

A tomato stain may occur while eating spaghetti or drinking a caesar. There are steps that could be followed to get rid of the stain. The most important thing to do is dealing with the stain as soon as possible. What you’ll need: Sponge Lemon slices or juice Stain remover Cleaning pads Towels What you’ll do: Sponge the area with water then sponge it with lemon juice or place some lemon slices on it. Remember to apply light strokes moving from the center of the stain. Flush with water then blot until you’re unable to blot any more liquid. Let it dry and then check if it’s been removed. If it hasn’t been removed move on to the next set of steps. Apply wet spotter then cover the stain with a pad that has wet spotter on it and let it sit till as much of the stain as possible has been removed. Change the pad to ensure the removal of as much of the stain as possible. Keep applying wet spotter to the pad and use your discretion. Repeat till none of the stain is left  then flush thoroughly and let it...
How to remove rust stains from carpets

How to remove rust stains from carpets

Rust stains are tough to handle. It is possible to remove them using simple household items that are quite available. It’s important to tackle the stain as soon as it’s found. What you’ll need: Dish soap White Towels Paper towels Citrus fruit juice Dull Tool (e.g. scraper) Spray Bottle How you’ll do it: Scrape off as much of the stain as possible using the scraper or any handy tool you may have. Soak the stain with citrus juice using the spray bottle (You can use bottled or freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice). Let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Blot with paper towel. Avoid scrubbing as it causes the stain to spread. If steps 1-3 don’t work move on to step 4. Create a solution of 1/3 tsp of dish soap with a liter of water. Apply the dish soap  solution using a wet white towel. Blot the detergent and then spray the area with clean water. Let the area dry and finish with...
How to choose the right furnace

How to choose the right furnace

A furnace is a long term investment for our homes or work place. When purchasing a furnace there’s three main things that needs to be taken into consideration. Make sure you choose the right furnace for your home to get the best heating results. The three most important aspects when choosing a furnace are: Furnace Size Furnace efficiency Price 1. Furnace Size: Naturally, the larger a furnace is the more energy it’s able to produce. Choosing a furnace with the right size allows it to work at a steady rate and not fluctuate in heat production which will minimize the fuel consumption. The best way to know the right furnace size for your home is to consult a HVAC contractor so he or she can do a load calculation. The HVAC contractor will determine your location’s thermal needs depending on the area, number and placement of windows and the insulation in the rooms. In the case of replacing an old furnace, It’s not always safe to get a furnace with the same size as your old one and insist on doing a load calculation. 2. Furnace Efficiency: More efficient furnaces are better for the environment as they use less fuel then less efficient ones. Often times, efficient furnaces are a cheaper investment in the long run taking into consideration the monthly fuel usage with the initial investment. Efficient furnaces are normally more expensive to buy but cost less on a monthly basis. We recommend the most efficient furnace you can find if money isn’t an issue. 3. Furnace Price: Remember to do your research. Ask around and go online...