Sometimes no matter how careful you are in handling your carpets, stains and grimes may still penetrate your carpet fibers. You need to act fast when this happens because the prolonged stay of grimes and stains may cause permanent marks in your carpets.
When this happens, you call your carpet cleaning company. But what if they are not available? What can you do to remove stains and grimes in your carpet?
DIY approach in removing stains and grimes
Sometimes, there are circumstances wherein you cannot rely on your carpet cleaning service. When that happens, you can do the following steps to remove fresh stains and grimes in your carpets.
- Save time and energy by getting ready ahead. Set up your rug washing supplies in a single bucket and use a protective gown, apron, face mask and gloves for cleaning.
- Take two empty spray bottles, and fill one with cold water. In the other, mix ¼ teaspoon of mild dishwashing liquid, and 1 cup warm water.
- Spray the detergent solution onto an absorbent cloth (not the carpet- you don’t want to wet it too much) and dab (not rub) it on the spot. As the stain dissolves, blot with a clean section of cloth. Keep applying and blotting this way until the stain is gone.
- Spray another cloth with the cold water and use it to rinse the detergent solution from the carpet, and then blot again with a dry cloth.
- Pile a stack of paper towels on the spot and place a heavy pot on top. Overnight, the towels will soak up any residual stain deep in the carpet. In the morning, fluff the fibers with your fingers and allow air-drying.
- If the stain remains, try a more targeted approach based on the stain you’re dealing with.
For ink stains, mix a paste of milk and cornstarch. Rub the paste on the ink stain and let it dry overnight. Next day, remove it with the help of a scrub brush.
For tough stains like that of tea, coffee, chocolate, vomit, and so on, use a cup of water mixed with a tablespoon of ammonia. Do not apply this solution on wool or wool-blend carpets.
To get rid of rust stains, apply some lemon juice on the stain and sprinkle table salt on it. Let in sit for at least half an hour. Finally, blot it with a clean damp cloth. Saturating the affected area in white vinegar for about 30-40 minutes can also prove useful in this regard.
How to get rid of carpet smells
To rid your carpet of foul smells, first, blot any strongly affected spots with a damp cloth. Next, blot the area dry with a clean, dry cloth or paper towel. Now give the rug a healthy sprinkle of baking soda. After 30 minutes, vacuum with the carpet with a standard vacuum cleaner. Repeat if the odor still lingers.
These are just some of your first aid measures in dealing with carpet stains and grimes. It is always better to call your professional carpet cleaning company to handle the stains properly.