Like any stain, it’s easiest to lift when the stain is fresh. So, if you spill your cup of morning joe or if your four-legged friend lifts one of his legs on the carpet, you’ll want to take care of it as quickly as possible. That said, some stains may have been around for a while. The Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties have a few tricks to remove carpet stains with ease.
Here are a handful of tips on how to remove carpet stains in your home.
Removing Fresh Stains
Let’s say you dribble red wine on your light-colored carpet. It’s noticeable right? One way to immediately lift most of the stain only requires a roll of paper towels. Double up your sheets and press firmly into the carpet without rubbing or moving your hands. Hold down for about thirty seconds to allow the stain to absorb into the towel. Lift up and repeat until the stain has been removed. If there’s anything left over, you can take care of it with any multi-purpose house or carpet cleaner and a little scrubbing. Voila!
But let’s say there’s dirt or mud you tracked in from outside. SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties suggests you let the mud dry, and then vacuum up as much as you can before starting to lift the stain. Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water. Using a sponge or clean cloth, apply the solution to the soiled area, and blot until the stain is absorbed. Repeat until the stain is removed and use another sponge to apply cold water to the area. Then blot dry.
These simple methods can work for a variety of dark-colored liquids and stains. But how can you remove carpet stains that are little more stubborn to lift?
Removing Stubborn Stains
There’s a certain stain that comes to mind for any doting pet-owner: urine. And while you’ll want to immediately take care of it when it happens, sometimes it may have occurred while at work or while you were out of the house. First, blot the area with a damp cloth (that you’ll probably want to dispose of after), then blot again with a clean dry cloth. Generously sprinkle the soiled area with baking soda and let sit for 30 minutes. Vacuum up the granules, and repeat if the odor lingers.
To remove carpet stains that are really stubborn, repeat the steps above. While you’re waiting for the baking soda to take effect, SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties suggests you mix a tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water (you may need to double the amount for larger stains). Vacuum up the baking soda, and gently apply your mixed solution to the carpet with a scrub brush. Let sit for one to two minutes and use a dry cloth to blot the area until dry.
Still having trouble getting the tough stains out? Contact SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties to learn how they can remove years-old stains from the carpet, furniture, and upholstery in your home. They work hard to give their customers 100% satisfaction with their professional cleaning and restoration services throughout both Cape May County and Cumberland County.