Tips and Tricks for Removing 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 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

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

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

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 Remove Wet or Dry Mud from Carpets

Our shoes can collect mud or dirt on wet days while doing activities outdoors. Those shoes often create stains indoors and sometimes we notice very soon and sometimes we don’t. It’s important to remove the stain before it dries but if that doesn’t happen we still have tips for you. What you’ll need: Paper towels Cloth Laundry Detergent Dull Tool Hot Water Ammonia What you’ll do: In the case of wet mud: Remove as much of the mud as possible before it dries with paper towel then blot whatever more you can with paper towel as well. Rub the area with some laundry detergent if the stain remains and let it sit. Soak a cloth with some warm water and scrub the stain. Do as many times as you have to. If the stain remains. Create a solution of 1 part ammonia to 4 parts warm water and use on the stain then rinse. In the case of dry Mud: Use a dull tool to remove as much of the dried mud as possible. Soak a cloth with some warm water and scrub the stain. Rub the area with some laundry detergent if the stain remains and let it sit. Soak a cloth with some warm water and scrub the stain. Do as many times as you have to. If the stain remains. Create a solution of 1 part ammonia to 4 parts warm water and use on the stain then...

How to Choose Carpets

Purchasing a carpet is a long term commitment. Most carpets remain in our hoes for around eight years if not longer. Understanding the conditions of the carpet’s future location maybe your best tool for choosing the carpet perfect for your home or work place. Here’s a short list of things to be mindful of when going to get your carpets: The traffic in the area where the carpets are to be placed is essential for a better understanding of the cleanliness and potential damage the carpets may receive. The density of the carpet fibre: Normally, the higher the density of your carpet the better . However, there isn’t always a need extremely dense carpets. The material of the carpet: Carpets can be made from different material like bulky wool, nylon or olefin. Choose the material that best fits the future location of your carpet and be mindful of any health concerns such as allergies. Always remember to consult your sales person and do as much research as needed. It is important to choose the best possible carpets that will sit on your floor for the next...

How to remove glue stains from carpet

Spilled glue may seem like a big disaster when it occurs but there’s no reason for anyone to cry about it. A few steps can be followed to eliminate a glue stain with the use of some household items. What you’ll need: Knife Sharp Scissors Warm water Paper towels White vinegar Cloth How you’ll do it: Remove as much of the glue as you can by scraping with a knife. Blot the excess glue with paper towels. Scrub the area with a vinegar dipped cloth. Pour warm water on the stain an repeat step 3 if needed. Optional: Use scissors to remove dried glue if the stain has dried. We hope this helps. It’s always important to deal with stains as quickly as...

How to make homemade spot remover

The market is full of chemical products that can be used to clean carpets. Most of them work but some are expensive and others are harmful for the environment. Making your own cleaning products is cheaper, greener and the safest around your loved ones. Here are a few ideas for homemade cleaning products. What you’ll need: White Vinegar Baking soda water Spot Cleanser: Make a paste out of vinegar and baking soda Use a brush to spread some of the paste on a stain Let it dry and then vacuum the spot Repeat if necessary Vinegar is acidic enough to remove really tough stains. It can be used on oily stains like chocolate. If this solution doesn’t work please refer to our spot specific cleaning instructions. What to be mindful of: Remember to use the solution on a small invisible area to make sure it’s not harmful for the carpet fiber Avoid contact with eyes and minimize contact with skin Use your own discretion when mixing ingredients. Feel free to adjust the amount of vinegar or baking soda in your...

Portable Carpet Cleaning Vancouver

Why Use A Portable for Apartment Carpet Cleaning In many apartments in the Vancouver’s west end a truck mount carpet cleaning system will just not work. This is why AAA Miracle uses the very best in portable carpet cleaning equipment. This is why our carpet cleaners use carpet cleaning equipment that delivers close to what a truck mount system can do. With our portable carpet cleaning equipment with 12 gallon portable extraction and with a extra large 27 gallon clean water holding tank with a removable “Extractor Pod” (Pump Out Device). This enables the operator to clean more than twice as long as a standard extractor without stopping to refill. The AAA Miracles carpet cleaners using unique modular design allows the Extractor Pod to be easily removed from the lower 27 gallon holding tank for easy loading and unloading from vehicle. What this means to you is that our carpet cleaners are fresh to put all the effort into the proper cleaning procedures that deliver the cleanest carpets for your downtown West End Vancouver...

Carpet Cleaning Truck Mount

So what is a truck mount Carpet Cleaner Truck mount carpet cleaning machines are just units that get high pressure water to your rotary tool or wand at a higher heat and a greater pounds per square inch. More heat and more pressure means better power for deep into cleaning for your carpets. When cleaning your extra dirty carpets, it is essential to have a high PSI truck mount carpet cleaning machine rather than a portable extraction unit. AAA Miracle uses the very best in truck mount carpet cleaners with the very best suction to get the most extraction of dirt and grime. Not only does it appear cleaner with a truck mount system like AAA Miracle uses but your carpet fibbers will last longer because less particles will be left to harm the carpet fabric. This is all very important for carpet cleaning but when the professional carpet cleaners use the 1 2 3 method of cleaning you have the best chance to get all the stains out. Vancouver Carpet Cleaning Professionals 1. AAA Miracle uses a pre spray formula that gets agitated into the fabric causing a chemical reaction to dirt and grease. 2. AAA Miracle uses the best in spot chemicals for stains that might seem to dirty for your average carpet cleaners out there. 3. AAA Miracle uses years of experience and old fashioned Elbow grease and years of experience and care go into every square inch of your carpet to get the best results possible. Call AAA Miracle Carpet Cleaning Vancouver for your old carpets to feel and look...

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