Getting Tough Stains Out of Carpets

So, you’ve found a fantastic deal on carpet at Fowles retail or Carpet Auction. You’ve installed your new carpet and it looks absolutely fantastic. You couldn’t be happier. Then, tragedy strikes. An accident happens and suddenly, there’s a hard to remove stain on your pristine new carpet. What’s the best way to get rid of it?

Act Fast

Most stains will come out completely if you take action right after they happen. Even food and wine will often lift out without a trace if they’re cleaned throughly before they have a chance to set. So, begin cleanup as soon as you’re aware of the stain.

Have the Right Cleaners On Hand

Keep the right tools and cleaning solutions on hand for the type or types of carpet you have in your home or business. Make sure that they’re always kept in the same place and you know where to find them. Your cleaning tools should include colour-fast cloth rags and sponges and white kitchen roll. Cleaning aids may include:

  • white vinegar
  • home dry cleaning fluid
  • oxygen-based cleaner
  • commercial rug cleaner
  • wool detergent
  • dishwashing liquid

The type of cleaner you use should depend partly on what your carpet is made out of, so be sure that you’re aware of the manufacturer’s recommendations. Oxygen-based cleaner is great for most organic stains, but if you’re not sure it’s safe for your carpet’s dye, then use a formula based on one part white vinegar to four parts dishwashing liquid, diluted with warm water.

Use the Right Techniques

First, clean up any thick liquids or solids without rubbing the stain in or spreading it. To do this, use a spoon, a butter knife and/or kitchen paper and lift or dab (don’t rub) the stain, circling from the outside edge to the middle of the spill. Once you’ve picked up all the solid material and moisture you can, start cleaning.

The type of cleaner you use should depend on the nature of the stain and the type of carpet. Ideally, you’ll already know which cleaners you can use without affecting the integrity of the carpet’s colour. In general, you should blot on the cleaning formula, let it sit for a few moments, and blot it off. Use a sponge or cloth, and repeat the process until the stain is gone. Then, remove moisture from the area by blotting with kitchen paper or white towels and then allow it to dry.

Carpet Stain Removal

Carpet Stain Removal

Carpet is a luxurious floor covering, but it does take a little effort to maintain it in good condition. Some of the carpets we sell at Fowles are stain resistant and easy to keep looking immaculate. However, other types of carpet take a little more effort to keep clean. Whatever material your carpet is made of, getting rid of stains as they happen will help you keep it looking its best for years to come.

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