These tips are usually very effective if you use them exactly as described. However you will not get the best results if the stain is old and has already been treated with an 'off the shelf' carpet cleaning solution. The cleaners you can buy in shops and supermarkets are made to cover a wide variety of stains and can sometimes ‘set’ the stain into the carpet fibres or fabric. Although it may remove some of the stain, it is likely that the stain will re-appear some time later. Whilst this stain removal guide may be simple and basic it has many advantages over the 'off the shelf' stain remover product. Once a stain is set by this type of cleaner it will be much more difficult for a Professional Carpet Cleaning Company to remove – difficult but not always impossible.
Water Based Stains – (Tea, Coffee, Fruit Juice, Wine & Some Foods)
- Act quickly – Soak up as much as possible.
- Re-wet the stain – Using tepid water on a sponge or piece of cotton wool.
- Blot – With dry absorbent material. (Terry towel, kitchen roll that is white or pale coloured so that no colour can come out of the cloth used etc) Do not rub.
- Dry – With a hairdryer keeping the dryer moving all the time and at least 6 inches away from the stain.
Dried in Stains
- Re-wet – using a mix made of 2 litres of tepid water mixed with a quarter of a teaspoon of carpet shampoo plus 1 egg cup full of clear vinegar, to be applied using a piece of cotton wool (wet it well but do not soak it).
- Blot – with absorbent material (Terry towel, kitchen roll etc.) to get it as dry as you can. Do not rub.
- Dry – place 5-6 layers of kitchen roll on the whole damp area and place a telephone directory on top and allow to dry for 24 hours. This will absorb any stain in the base of the fibres that might surface or 'wick' during the drying process.
Greasy Stains – (Chocolate, Butter, Lipstick, Oily Foods)
- Act quickly – Using a cotton bud soaked with surgical spirit apply to the edges working inwards to the centre.
- Blot – With dry absorbent material. (Terry towel, kitchen roll etc.) until the stain no longer transfers onto the drying material. Do not rub.
- Dampen – Using 2 litres of tepid water mixed with a quarter of a teaspoon of carpet shampoo & 1 egg cup of white vinegar applied using a piece of cotton wool
- Blot – With dry absorbent material (terry towel, kitchen roll etc). Do not rub.
- Dry – With a hairdryer, keeping the dryer moving.
Prochem Consumer stain kits are available to purchase containing four spotting agents which are effective on most common household stains. For more information speak to the technician on site or contact us on the number above or via our contact page.
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