Carpets are high traffic areas. Stains, ingrained dirt and spillages can ruin the weave and appearance of a carpet if not seen to right away. Fortunately, modern carpets are often pre-treated with protective coatings, which help to preserve the integrity, longevity and appearance of the fabric.
You can use a range of natural and chemical carpet cleaning solutions to remove stubborn dirt and stains with relative ease. Here we’ve compiled a list of the most common spills and discolorations, together with effective carpet cleaning solutions that are readily available around the home.
Pour white wine onto the affected area to dilute the colour. Clean the stain with cold water and a sponge. Sprinkle salt liberally on the area, wait for about 10 to 15 minutes until completely dry, and then vacuum up the residue.
Absorb as much of the spilled liquid as possible using a cloth, sponge or paper towel. Pour a tiny amount of cold water directly onto the stain, blot and repeat. Then give the carpet a thorough sponge clean with carpet stain remover.
Blot up as much liquid as possible. Sponge clean with equal parts white wine vinegar and water. Allow to stand for 10 minutes, rinse with cold water and blot until dry.
Blot up fresh blood immediately with a clean cloth or paper towel. Mix 1 tablespoon of a non-bleach detergent with one cup of warm water, apply to the stain, blot and repeat if necessary. Stubborn blood stains can also be easily removed with vinegar or soda water.
Dilute 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid in two cups of warm water. Always avoid using hot water when cleaning a carpet because it may set the stain deeper into the fabric. Apply the detergent, blot and repeat. If the stain remains, try ammonia cleaner in the same quantities. Rinse by sponging the area with clean water and blot dry.
Attack a paint spill as quickly as possible – but if the paint dries, it’s not a disaster. Soak up as much paint as possible with ordinary paper towel, without rubbing or dabbing the carpet. Apply liberal quantities of rubbing alcohol directly to the affected area and dab until the paint lifts and disintegrates. Repeat if necessary.
Apply ice directly to the chewing gum. It will harden the gum, making it easier to lift it away from the carpet. Remove any residue by lightly sponging the area with carpet stain remover or ammonia detergent. For older, more stubborn gum stains, simply apply a gel-based solvent such as paint remover and detach the gum carefully from the carpet using a spatula or spoon.
If our user-friendly carpet cleaning solutions fail to resolve the problem, enlist a professional carpet-cleaning service!