There’s nothing worse than that sickening feeling when the pot of paint or the glass of wine tips over and you know you aren’t going to stop it in time. You look at the resulting stain on your carpet and feel like it’s the end of the world but it isn’t – many common carpet stains can be removed by the non-professional.
In some cases, however, it is best to admit defeat and seek out the assistance of the professional carpet cleaning Leicester homes have been relying on for years. Here are some ideas about the stains that can be tackled to act as a guide.
Water based paints are one of the most common DIY stains to need dealing with and can be one of the simplest. Firstly, if the paint is wet, blot it with paper towel and don’t scrub it. Once the stain is dry, hot water with a little dish, detergent mixed in can be added to the stain and left to settle for a few minutes. Once the paint is soft, use a knife to scrape off the paint and add more solution as needed. If the paint doesn’t become soft, a handheld steamer may be needed to soften it but be careful not to get the carpet too hot and damage it.
A steamer will also work for oil-based stains, once they are dry. Using a knife once the steamer has been applied should allow the paint to be picked away but does need to be done carefully to avoid spoiling the material of the carpet.
The reason that coffee stains are a nightmare when it comes to cleaning carpets is because it contains oils that give it its flavour but are also quickly absorbed into the carpet, causing a discolouration. The first tip for removing coffee stains is never to scrub them but to blot with paper towel to start with. If the stain is from black coffee, use a little mild detergent on a damp sponge and rub the stain in a circular motion. It may take a few times to do this to remove the stain. If it still hangs around or is another type of coffee, a mixture of vinegar and lukewarm water added directly to the stain usually works, rubbing with a sponge in the same motion. This will often remove the stains from furniture as well.
The elements added to red wine that give it its unique taste are also the elements that cause stains – tannins from the skin of the grapes. White wine comes from lighter coloured grapes so is less difficult to remove.
Speed is important with red wine stains as the sooner it is dealt with, the better. Use a white cloth to blot up as much wine as possible then add some cold water to the stain, diluting what remains. Do some more blotting then add a paste of baking soda and water (3:1 ratio) and add to the area. Once the paste has dried, vacuum it out and the stain should follow.
If the stain is dry, pour two cups of warm water and add a tablespoon of white vinegar and the same of dishwashing liquid. Dip a sponge into the mixture and apply to the stain, continuing to blot until it has all been removed.