Stain Removal Tips

Carpet Longevity Tips:

  1. Vacuum regularly to prevent soil from becoming embedded in the carpet pile. Most of the soil in your carpet is dry and can be easily vacuumed out. Frequent vacuuming will also improve the air quality in your home.
  2. Have your carpet professionally cleaned at least every 12-18 months to extend the life of your carpet. Cleaning will remove the soiling. bacteria, and allergens that vacuums can’t take out, and will help keep your carpet looking great over time.
  3. Remove stains as quickly as possible. When a spill occurs, blot up as much as you can as quickly as possible using a clean white towel. It is important to blot and not scrub the area as this can cause pile distortion. Do not use store bought cleaners without calling us first. While there are many good products sold to consumers, there are also some that will set the stain or bleach the dye in your carpet. We’d rather help you over the phone now than to have you call us later to patch or dye an avoidable situation.

Common Home Stain Removal Methods

  • Beer, wine, coffee, milk and tea:  Absorb the excess liquid:  Mix water and a small amount of a mild detergent (i.e. Dawn) at a 1/4 tsp detergent per 1 qt. of water ratio. Apply water with a spray bottle and blot until spot is completely removed then apply paper towels and weigh them down until the spot is dry.
  • Mud and dirt:  Allow mud to dry completely. Shatter the dried mud with a knife, and then vacuum. Next, apply a small amount of a mild detergent (i.e. Dawn) to the spot at a 1/4 teaspoon detergent per 1 qt. of water ratio and blot with a white paper towel to work the detergent into the affected area. Continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is removed. Using a spray bottle, rinse with water, and then blot to remove excess moisture.
  • Blood:  Absorb as much of the blood as you can by gently blotting. Blot with rubbing alcohol. If that does not remove the stain completely, mix 1 teaspoon mild detergent like Dawn to 1 quart cold water and blot. Be careful not to over wet the spot, this will cause spreading.
  • Ketchup:  Blot a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 2 cups water until stain is gone.
  • Ink:  Apply rubbing alcohol with a damp white cloth gently. Be careful not to let the ink spot to spread. Allow alcohol to dwell and use a vacuum to remove the excess moisture.
  • Chocolate:  Immediately remove as much chocolate from the carpet as possible by blotting. Mix 1 teaspoon mild detergent, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, and 1 quart warm water. Apply the solution to the spot. Rinse well. Vacuum gently.
  • Crayon, Candle wax, Chewing Gum:  Press an ice cube against the spot. It will harden and can then be pulled off or scraped. Next spray a water and mild detergent mixture (1/4 tsp detergent per 1 qt. of water) on the spot and place a wet white towel over the stain. Press with a warm iron until the towel absorbs the melted crayon, moving the towel as it stains. Move the towel frequently so that it doesn’t get over saturated. Let the carpet dry.
  • Pet Stains:  Clean up as much as possible. For feces, dispose of as much as possible. For urine, blot to soak up until the carpet is almost dry. Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar, 2 tsp. mild detergent with a quart of warm water and spray on the stain. Allow to dwell for several minutes and continue blotting until stain is gone and spot is dry.

Call our office a call and we’ll be happy to help you over the phone with any home spot removal issue.