Wine Or Gum? Removing Stains From Your Carpet

14 April 2015
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A carpet stain can stand out like a candy wrapper on a pristine beach. Once a carpet stain sets, it can be nearly impossible to remove it. If you have an irremovable stain in your carpet, your only option to fix the problem is to have new carpet installed. To avoid the cost of installation, you need to act quickly to deal with a carpet stain. The trick is to know what you are dealing with. 

A Few Keys to Dealing with Carpet Stains

Your first instinct when you see a stain might be to furiously scrub at the stain. Don't. Scrubbing can spread the stain around. Thus, you need to dab at the stain to lift it. Dabbing will help to lift a liquid off of your carpet before it can really cause problems, but in order to prevent a stain, you need to find a way to break down the compounds that will bind to your carpet. For this, you need to know what kind of a material you are dealing with, so you can apply the right cleaning agent. 

Gum or Wax

Scrubbing or dabbing at wax will only work it deeper into your carpet. Instead, use ice to freeze it. Once the gum or wax freezes, you can break it with any hard object. You can then vacuum up the the pieces before they thaw. Gently dab at the carpet with a wet towel to remove any stray pieces. 

Oils

Fats and oil can really work their way down into your carpet. To remove fats and oils, you can use an enzymatic cleaner to break down the proteins in the fats and oils, or you can cover the stain with a paper towel. You then go over the paper towel with an iron set to warm. The fats and oils should stick to the paper towel. You might need to use more than one paper towel. Once you have lifted as much of the oils as you can, you can use an enzymatic cleaner to finish up. 

Nail Polish

Lifting a material that is meant to create stains is tricky, but in the case of nail polish, you have a manufactured nail polish remover that you can use to remove the polish. Again, the key is to gently dab at the stain with a cloth soaked in nail polish remover in order to remove the stain.

The wrong approach to removing stains will only make them worse. However, with an informed approach, you should be able to deal with most stains on your own. On the other hand, if you find that you are at a loss for dealing with your stains, you can call professionals, like those at Olden Paint & Fresh Look Flooring, for help.